A Diverse Portland-Metro Area

Andrew Riley
Thu, 07/28/2016 - 12:10pm

Still Experiencing Stark Disparities

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.

The First Every YIMBY Conference

Madeline Kovacs
Wed, 06/29/2016 - 12:10pm

Yes in my Back Yard is gaining steam

Earlier this month, Portland for Everyone staff attended the first ever “YIMBY” (Yes in My Backyard!) conference, convened in Boulder, Colorado.

"Big Data and Big Cities" a talk with Dr. Ed Glaeser

You are invited to an evening event featuring Dr. Ed Glaeser, an economist at Harvard University, who will deliver a talk called “Big Data and Big Cities.” You may be familiar with Dr. Glaeser’s book Triumph of the City in which he describes the role that cities play in spurring innovation, social mobility, and commerce. Metro is cosponsoring this event with Portland State University.

Event Date: 
Thu, 05/12/2016 - 5:30pm

Dispelling the Myth of UGBs and Affordability

Alyson Marchi-Young and Mary Kyle McCurdy
Wed, 03/30/2016 - 4:55pm

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  • Community Development as a Planning Priority

    Pam Phan
    Tue, 01/26/2016 - 3:00pm

    Seattle shares lessons learned with Portlanders combating displacement and gentrification

    1000 Friends hosted Community Development Manager Nora Liu, from Seattle’s Office of Planning and Community Development and Ryan Curren, Former Program Manager of Seattle’s Office of Housing for an informal conversation about how to include anti-displacement and affordability in city planning. Anti-Displacement PDX (ADPDX) Coalition Members joined us to have an illuminating conversation.

    Connecting to a New Generation: Oregon Innovation Award Update

    Josie Savaria-Watson
    Fri, 08/28/2015 - 1:59pm

    Goal 1 in Oregon’s Statewide Planning Goals & Guidelines calls for a “citizen-involvement program that ensures the opportunity for citizens to be involved in all phases of the land use planning process.” The problem, we see now, is that underrepresented communities are unable to access decision-makers who will have real impact in these individual's lives. Initiatives and decisions are being made every day, and are lacking the input of people who have a unique and relevant perspective but may not know, or are unable, to share it.

    Connecting to a New Generation: Oregon Innovation Award Update

    Josie Savaria-Watson
    Fri, 08/28/2015 - 1:49pm

    Josie is a rising Junior at Lincoln High School in Portland, Oregon. She’s spent her summer exploring Oregon with her family and friends and volunteering with 1000 Friends of Oregon. Working on the Oregon Innovation Award with Sam Diaz, our Community Engagement Coordinator, Josie brings insight into meaningful youth engagement. Read more.

    Metro's Chief Operating Officer: Don't Expand the UGB

    Mary Kyle McCurdy

    1000 Friends of Oregon applauds the recommendation of Metro's Chief Operating Officer that Metro not expand the regional urban growth boundary (UGB) in 2015, but instead focus on how to grow better inside the UGB. The recommendation points out that the region has enough land inside the UGB for the next 20 years' worth of population and employment growth, and then states:

    "It is time for our region to move on from the land supply debate and consider actions that will:

    Joe Minicozzi: Dollars and $ense of Downtown Development

    Joe Minicozzi is a national expert on the fiscal impact of different kinds of development, particularly in downtowns and mixed-use centers. Minicozzi's work includes property value analysis, retail tax studies, revenue forecasting in cities, suburbs, and small towns, and more. His experience spans both public and private development; he has a broad and bottom-line perspective. 

    Event Date: 
    Tue, 07/21/2015 - 11:45am - 1:30pm

    Anti-Displacement Coalition improves Portland’s Comprehensive Plan

    Pam Phan

    Since January, 1000 Friends of Oregon has been working with a growing number of community based organizations, housing, public health, and equity advocates to ask ‘how will Portland develop in the next 20 years? Who gets to call Portland home in the future?’ This ad hoc coalition advocates to include anti-displacement tools that will help make Portland neighborhoods stable, especially for those, as Portland grows, living in the city and who bear the brunt of the loss of affordable choices. 

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