Ben Ross: To Fight Sprawl, Look Closer In

It may seem that fighting sprawl is all about the edge: have a strong urban growth boundary and and the rest will fall into place. But that's only one piece of the puzzle, argues author Ben Ross. We need also need more places to live in existing communities--yet how can we build that in an age of opposition?

Today on the Land Use Trail: Helvetia

We’re continuing our tour of our Land Use Trail. Today, May 6: Helvetia, a unique but threatened farming region just beyond the edge of Oregon’s largest metro area.

Photo Essay: One Thing We Know About 2064

It is extraordinarily hard to predict the future. When we look 50 years ahead to what the Portland region will look like, can we realistically expect to recognize any of the things we see today? Well, actually, we believe the answer is yes. Our new photo essay explains why.

Coalition Comments on Metro Active Transportation Plan

How we get around is changing. Oregonians are driving less, and they want and need safer, more efficient transportation choices. Metro is creating an unprecedented regional Active Transportation Plan to guide investments in walking, biking, and transit access across the greater Portland region. 1000 Friends has joined a coalition of eight healthy and livability organizations to submit comments on the draft plan.

Defeating Sprawl's "Dead End": Two Events This May

Oregon has been successful creating livable cities attracting new investment, businesses, and residents. But Ben Ross, one of the country's foremost grassroots transit advocates, believes this vision and its accomplishments are threatened. In May we'll welcome Ben for events in Eugene and Portland.

Op-Ed: Land Use Still Works

"Farmers can farm, and builders can build," writes 1000 Friends Executive Director Jason Miner. "Each plays a vital role in Oregon's future." Read his op-ed published recently by the Portland Tribune, Hillsboro Tribune, and Newberg Graphic.

Avoiding Disaster: Lessons from the Washington Landslide

The recent landslide tragedy on Washington's Stillaguamish River, in which several dozen people perished, has many people concerned about landslide risks here in Oregon. Fortunately, land use planning can help avoid putting more homes in harm's way.

We're Hiring: Community Engagement Coordinator

1000 Friends is pleased to open a new position on our team. The Community Engagement Coordinator will work at the intersection of community interests and climate change in the Portland region and beyond.

Op-Ed: The Reserves Agreement and Oregon's Future

In an op-ed published March 14 on The Oregonian's website, 1000 Friends Executive Director Jason Miner describes how the urban and rural reserves agreement emerged from a local government's failure, and why supporters of farmland should be prepared to defend it.

Daily Journal of Commerce: CRC's Demise Means Money for Delayed Projects

Over $116 million that would have simply paid for debt service on the Columbia River Crossing over the next two years can now be applied to important maintenance projects elsewhere, reports the Daily Journal of Commerce:

That is because $116.6 million that the state expects to receive in federal money – previously allocated to pay for two years of debt service on the CRC – could be reallocated to eight highway projects around the state, Oregon Department of Transportation officials said this week.

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