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Dear Friend,
Have you been able to make it out to one of the public comment opportunities in your community recently? If not, check to the right and find out what’s happening this summer – like the legislative transportation committee, or the Portland Residential Infill Project. These are important opportunities for you to make a difference in your local and state governance.

This July we are reading about how
exclusionary zoning has robbed cities of their character and economic strength.  

Metro, the Portland area regional government, released their
latest regional snapshot. It shows we are becoming more diverse, but communities of color are still experiencing disproportionate challenges in many facets of life.

Finally, a question of
what’s appropriate commercial activity on farmland has struck Jackson County, as they look at a winery’s food service practices.


Thank you for your passion,
 
The 1000 Friends Team


P.S. Don't forget to check out the This Month We... segment!
 
Barrington Heights_BlueSkyPortland

Exclusionary zoning takes many forms - most often when large portions of our cities are zoned for exclusively single family homes. This robs cities of their economic health, cultural diversity, and affordability as places to live, raise families, and grow businesses.

"A large and growing body of empirical research has now demonstrated that housing limits [by exclusionary zoning] cause unexpected, unintended harms. They radically inflate housing costs, segregate neighborhoods by class, displace longstanding residents by pricing them out of their rented homes, amplify economic disparities between rich and poor, eliminate opportunities for working people to improve their lots in life, trap poor children in poverty, bar the doors to good schools for those who most need public education, reduce society’s overall prosperity, and push more people into homelessness. The evidence is irrefutable. [A city] can become an equitable and affordable city, or it can continue its current pattern of exclusionary zoning. It cannot do both."

 
Metro Regional Snapshot:
A More Diverse Community
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Metro's latest Regional Snapshot makes it clear: the Portland region is growing more diverse every year. Communities of color now make up over a quarter of the metro area's population, but still experience stark disparities.

Although about half of Portland Public Schools students are youth of color, Black, Latino, and Native American students' high school graduation rates are 15-20 percentage points lower than those of white students. Median income for Black families in our region is just under $35,000 per year, barely half that of white families (about $62,000), and Black & Latino youth are more likely to experience poverty now than in the past.


Continue Reading….

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Over three legislative sessions and in innumerable conversations in Salem from 2011 to 2013, 1000 Friends championed protecting farmland for farming alongside vintners and winemakers. Wine industry leaders worked to define what are and are not acceptable practices on wine lands. People often say the devil is in the details, and some of the most detailed work on this issue has been defining when commercial activities on farmland go too far. Do those activities focus on building a restaurant on rural grounds instead of growing food or making wine? Commercial activities on farms, such as restaurants and gift shops, can strain rural roads and services and conflict with actual farming - not to mention the fact that they prove a challenge for permitted restaurants and businesses on main-street.

Continue Reading…
This Month We....
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Thank our summer appeal donors for their wonderful support! We are facing a year with big picture fights to protect Oregon’s Urban Growth Boundaries, and its supporters like you that make our fights possible. 
 
Rowhouses in NW Portland by Trevor Dodge
Residential Infill Project Open Houses
JULY 30 is your last opportunity to attend a hearing and share your thoughts on Portland's infill needs. We need you there! 

You can also express your thoughts until August 15 online. This is so important to building a more inclusive Portland. Ask for more diverse, abundant, and affordable housing options throughout the city.
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Tranportation Town Halls 

A Legislative committee is traveling Oregon to hear from local communities on their transportation needs to help focus the 2017 transportation package. Check the listings and mark your calendars for a hearing in your region. 

Learn More

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We want you to join us for a fun, informal presentation from Portland for Everyone. Mark your calendars for the next presentation on August 10 at the NW Lucky Lab! 

 

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Photo Credits:
Cover: Peach Hunting, Andy Zeigert, Creative Commons  ; Exclusionary Zoning: Barrington Heights, Blue Sky Portland; Metro Study: Soaking by Patrick M. Creative Commons; Wineries: Soon! Very Soon! By Ian Sane Photography, Creative Commons; This Month We: North Bethany UGB Line by Urban Land Magazine Side Panel: Row Houses in NW Portland by Trevor Dodge, Vehicular Tides I by OvO, Creative Commons.
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