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Dear {FIRST_NAME|Friend},
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!
Portland Sign by BCOL CCCP Creative Commons

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

 
1000 Friends' Summer Interns:
Meet Tim Kerkhove and Elise Nelson
Tim and Elise at Skidmore Fntn 1

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:
A new site with a vision for Oregon's working lands
Umpqua Scenic Hwy 138 Farm by turcottes78 Creative Commons
 
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!
 
Yes In My Back Yard
A recap of the first every YIMBY Conference
YIMBYtown 2016 by Torrie Fischer

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. 

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This Month We....
Color Television by Sam Lu Creative Commons

Were on TV!

Our very own Greg Holmes was featured on Immense Possibilities, a public television program in Southern Oregon. His episode: Neighborhood Food Projects.

And on the Radio!

Old Radios by Alan Aplin Creative Commons
1000 Friends was invited to be a featured non-profit on Community Voices, a program of the Portland Radio Project.
Listen to our staff and board discuss the broad spectrum of our work. 

Also, Mary Kyle McCurdy was featured on
OPB's Think Out Loud discussing Portland housing issues. 
 
Rowhouses in NW Portland by Trevor Dodge
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!
Vehicular Tides I by OvO Creative Commons
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.  

Learn More

BRT-Bikes by ODOT Creative Commons

The plan to improve safety, reliability, and ease of use is ready for public review. Comments accepted through July 8.

Corn and Soy Fields OSU Creative CommonsGrow 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 2Big Float 6!!!

Sunday, July 10, join the Human Access Project for their 6th annual Big Float on the Willamette River. 

Learn More

 

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Photo Credits:
Cover: The World is my Oyster by TMimages, Creative Commons (CC); Comp Plan: Portland Sign by BCOL CCCP, (CC); Summer Interns: Tim and Elise at Skidmore Fntn, 1000 Friends Credit; Oregon Lands at Work: Umpqua Scenic Hwy 138 Farm by Turcottes78, (CC); YIMBY: YIMBYtown 2016 Group Photo by Torrie Fischer, (CC); This Month We... Color Television by Sam Lu and Old Radios by Alan Aplin, (CC); Side Panel: Row Houses in NW Portland by Trevor Dodge (CC), Vehicular Tides I by OvO-(CC), BRT-Bikes by ODOT (CC), Corn and Soy Fields by OSU (CC), and Big Float 6 by the Human Access Project.
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