Happy summer – with no time to dilly dally. This summer is packed with opportunities for you to get involved in community conversations that will shape Oregon's future.
Check out the side bar to your right for more information on town halls, job opportunities, and some fun activities to keep your summer nice and full.
In the midst of all this planning, we are pleased to report that the Portland City Council has approved a final city Comprehensive Plan!
1000 Friends has welcomed two new additions to our team as the summer Gerhardt and DukeEngage Interns. Meet Tim Kerkhove and Elise Nelson!
The new Oregon Lands at Work website is up and running! We are so excited about the latest featured story about the Fry Family Farm’s contribution to the food system and farms in the Rogue Valley.
Lastly, this year marks the first ever YIMBY Conference, a gathering to share ideas and strategies that promote equitable housing for every community. Portland for Everyone Coordinator, Madeline Kovacs reports on her takeaways from the conference.
Thank you for your passion,
The 1000 Friends Team
P.S. Don't forget to check out the This Month We... segment!
Portland has a Comprehensive Plan!
After nearly 12 years of planning, community conversations, hours of testimony, and all the regular politicking, we now have, by unanimous Council vote, a road map for Portland into the year 2035! 1000 Friends worked diligently and successfully with the Anti-Displacement PDX coalition to ensure that the city prioritizes equity throughout its planning process. Having anti-displacement policies in Portland's Comprehensive Plan does two things: more immediately, it ensures that Portland has a way to mitigate and redress displacement over the next 20 years; and bigger-picture, it's a model for how communities & community-based organizations, policy advocates, and planners can work together to ensure that the benefits & burdens of development are equitably distributed.
The work is not yet done. We are now looking specifically at single-family neighborhood zoning changes. Through Portland for Everyone and our work on the Residential Infill Project Committee, 1000 Friends and our like-minded brethren will be advocating for more abundant and affordable housing in connected communities. You can too! Attend an upcoming open house, or share your thoughts online.
Every summer, 1000 Friends of Oregon is proud to offer unique internship opportunities to a couple of bright, motivated, and engaged college students: the Gerhardt Internship, and the DukeEngage Internship. This year, we welcome Tim Kerkhove as our Gerhardt intern. Tim will be focused on our Food Systems Program, providing new research tools for those engaged in building our agricultural health. Elise hails from Duke University and is one of their summer DukeEngage interns. Elise is working in marketing and communications on digital strategies to support a 1000 Friends’ website update!
Read more about Tim, Elise, and their summer work here.
Oregon Lands at Work blog is up and running with great examples of win-win solutions across the state. Oregon Lands at Work will keep you abreast of unique news that intersects our agricultural heritage, our vibrant natural landscapes, and the functionality of clean resources for all of these elements to work together. In the Rogue Valley, we are particularly happy to see how the Fry Family Farm took on a sustainable expansion plan with and community resources that will bolster the regional agricultural economy. Read up on the Fry Family Farm, and the many other projects happening around Oregon!
Earlier this month, Portland for Everyone staff attended the first ever “YIMBY” (Yes in My Backyard!) conference, convened in Boulder, Colorado. YIMBY groups are popping up across the country in response to mounting housing shortages, resulting in insufficient housing supply and steeply climbing rents. Longstanding “NIMBY” policies, such as over-reliance on single-family zoning and other exclusionary zoning and land use policies, are partly responsible for trends that are quickly pricing lower- and even middle-income residents being priced out of their neighborhoods, and out of their cities. Hosted by local group A Better Boulder, YIMBY’s gathered to discuss ideas and strategies to promote more inclusive housing and urban development.
Residential Infill Project Open Houses
Join the YIMBY movement and come to an open house between now and August 15 to express your thoughts on housing needs in Portland!
Tranportation Town Halls
There will be a series of town hall conversations this summer focused on transportation and local needs for people from all corners of the state. Check out the listings and be sure to mark your calendar for the dates legislators will be visiting your community.
The plan to improve safety, reliability, and ease of use is ready for public review. Comments accepted through July 8.
Grow your career with these job opportunities!
Columbia Gorge Food Security Coalition is seeking a Project Manager.
Oregon State University's College of Agricultural Sciences is seeking a Small Farms/Community Food System Assistant Professor. Posting # P00428UF
Big Float 6!!!
Sunday, July 10, join the Human Access Project for their 6th annual Big Float on the Willamette River.