1000 Friends Supports Community Vision for Portland's Colwood Park

1000 Friends Executive Director Jason Miner testified September 25 before the Portland City Council in support of a proposal to transform much of the Colwood Golf Course into a park, developed by and for members of the local community.

Azalea Project "On Hold"

One of our biggest threats in the 2013 legislative session was Senate Bill 846, the so-called "Azalea" bill--named for an anonymous industrial project rumored to be considering Oregon, to whom the bill proposed giving over 300 acres of high-quality farmland with little to no public process.

CRC Tolling Analysis Demonstrates Huge Risks for Oregon

A new analysis of the effects of tolls on a new Columbia River Crossing between Oregon and Washington clearly illustrate the severe financial risks to Oregon from a go-it-alone project.

Livability List: Social Media Highlights, September 8-20

It's sometimes hard to keep up with all the news in land use and livability. On Twitter and Facebook, 1000 Friends strives to keep you informed about what matters. But don't worry if you miss something along the way--our Livability List recaps some of our recent social media highlights.

Coalition Decries Risky Columbia River Crossing Revival

Fri, 09/06/2013 (All day)

A coalition of eleven advocacy organizations told Oregon leaders today that a proposal for Oregon to pay the full cost of the Columbia River Crossing freeway project is too great a risk for taxpayers, livability, and the environment.

Today on the Land Use Trail: Banks-Vernonia State Trail

Throughout this summer, we'll be featuring stops on our new Land Use Trail. Today, September 3: Banks-Vernonia State Trail. Just outside of the Portland metro area, lies one of Oregon’s most unique multi-use trails, attracting many thousands of people and invigorating the local economy.

Today on the Land Use Trail: The Pearl District

Throughout the summer, we'll be featuring stops on our Land Use Trail. Today, August 22: The Pearl District. No longer known as the “Northwest Industrial Triangle”, Portland’s Pearl District has completely transformed its identity.

Livability List August 8-19

It's sometimes hard to keep up with all the news in land use and livability. On Twitter and Facebook, 1000 Friends strives to keep you informed about what matters. But don't worry if you miss something along the way--our Livability List recaps some of our recent social media highlights.

Inclusive Housing Means Inclusive Neighborhoods: Our Letter to The Oregonian

A recent study from Harvard and UC Berkeley has raised a lot of concerns about the relationship between sprawl and income mobility. As Paul Krugman summed it up in the New York Times, researchers found that many Americans are effectively "Stranded by Sprawl"--caught in a cycle of high transportation costs, income segregation, and poor health that prevent them from moving up the economic ladder.

New Mixed-Use Development Comes to Downtown Hillsboro

In a recent piece on Metro News, reporter Molly Simas shares impressions and photos from a recent tour of Hillsboro's newest downtown development, a four-story mixed-use development that will bring new life to a lot that has been undeveloped for over a decade.

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