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.

Transit Choices: Jarrett Walker Leads Workshop at Portland State

Nathen Lamb, Communications Intern

What makes for a good transit system? What are the key issues that planners and policy makers focus on? Are our current transit systems serving the needs of the community? These were the questions at a recent workshop in Portland led by consultant Jarrett Walker.

Today's Stop on the Land Use Trail: Sauvie Island

Throughout this summer, we'll be featuring stops on our new Land Use Trail. Today, July 15: Sauvie Island. 

Emerging Gem: Land Use Leadership Initiative Tours Portland's Jade District

Our Land Use Leadership Initiative recently took its final tour, a visit to the Jade District of East Portland, centered on SE Division and 82nd Avenue. LULI fellow Aaron Brown reflects on the experience and what it teaches him about neighborhood-led urban renewal.

Perspective: Addressing the Challenge of Ownership in CSAs

Our summer intern from the Duke Engage program, Estefany Noria, recently visited Portland's Zenger Farm with her fellow program participants. She reflects on the experience and a recent New York Times article about Community Supported Agriculture in this piece from the Duke Engage Portland blog.

More Demand for Walkable Neighborhoods as the “Driving Boom” Comes to an End

Nathen Lamb, Communications Intern

An article by Robert Steuteville from Better! Cities and Towns, recently wrote an article reviewing a newly released report from the US Public Interest Research Group (PIRG).

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