"Want to breathe new life into your city? Build a fence around it."

Nathanel Johnson
Tue, 05/06/2014 (All day), a national blog devoted to "getting people talking, thinking, and taking action", takes a look at how sharpening the edge of Portland's region helped revive the city's core in a fascinating piece.

Loving Oregon Summer: Ghost Freeways Field Trip

Ghost Freeways Field Trip

Thursday, October 16, 5-6:30pm

Meet at the Salmon Street Foundation (SW Salmon and SW Naito)

Cost: $10 (purchase tickets below)

Event Date: 
Wed, 06/25/2014 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Loving Oregon Summer: Headwaters Farm Field Trip

Loving Oregon Summer: Headwaters Farm Field Trip

Thursday, July 17, 6-8:30pm

Meet at Buckman Farmer's Market, SE 20th and SE Salmon, Portland

Event Date: 
Thu, 07/17/2014 - 6:00pm - 8:30pm

Loving Oregon Summer: Helvetia Bike Ride Field Trip

Loving Oregon Summer: Helvetia Bike Ride Field Trip

Saturday, June 28, 11:30am-2:30pm

Meet at Orenco Station MAX Station, NW 231st and NE Alder Street, Hillsboro

Event Date: 
Sat, 06/28/2014 - 11:30am - 2:30pm

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.

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