2012 Legislative Session Underway: 1000 Friends Fighting Several Threats

While the 2012 Legislative session is a short session, opponents of Oregon land use planning have wasted no time proposing legislation that would continue to chip away at planning's potential to support thriving farms and forests, livable communities and active citizen engagement in shaping their communities.

Report: Active Transportation Is a Priority for Rural Areas, Too

By Dave Garlock, 1000 Friends Communication Intern

There is a common misconception that only residents of big cities bike and walk, and therefore active transportation investments are not well-suited to rural areas. A new report from the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy tells a different story.  

1000 Friends' 2012 Land Use Leadership Initiative Launches

1000 Friends was proud to launch our 2012 Land Use Leadership Initiative last Friday night, January 20. The inaugural class of emerging leaders and their advisors came together in Portland for a rousing conversation about the history and implications of Oregon's land use planning system.

Inaugural Land Use Leadership Initiative Class Comes Together for Program Launch

Tara Sulzen, Outreach Coordinator
Tue, 01/24/2012 (All day)

On a rainy Friday afternoon January 20, participants in 1000 Friends’ 2012 Land Use Leadership Initiative journeyed to Portland from across the state to meet as a group for the very first time. The emerging leaders and advisors of our inaugural class shared their own Oregon stories with each other and reflected on all the reasons motivating them to work and advocate to create and preserve what we love about Oregon.

U.S. Ninth Circuit Court Upholds Measure 49

Craig Beebe, 1000 Friends Communications and Development Coordinator

In an important move protecting the intentions of Oregon voters, the United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld the constitutionality of Measure 49, the 2007 ballot referendum that reversed the worst excesses of 2004’s Measure 37.

Coffee with Chris Leinberger

Special reception with Chris Leinberger

1000 Friends is hosting an event with Chris Leinberger, an expert of downtown redevelopment and walkable urbanism, on February 15th in Portland. Land Use Leadership Initiative participants have the special opportunity to join him for an informal gathering with coffee before his presentation. 

Location: 1000 Friends office in Portland, 133 SW 2nd Ave., Suite 201

Time: 2-3:30pm on Wednesday, February 15th

 

Event Date: 
Wed, 02/15/2012 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Program Launch - Portland

Land Use Leadership Initiative Launch

Join 1000 Friends staff, board members, participants and advisors to launch our inaugural year of this program. 

Location: 1000 Friends of Oregon main office located at 133 SW 2nd Ave. in Portland. If you will be driving to the event, there is a surface parking lot located at SW 2nd and Pine, or a parking structure located at 342 SW 4th Ave. If you would like to carpool with other participants from your area, contact information is available on the bios page. 

Event Date: 
Fri, 01/20/2012 - 4:00pm - 6:00pm

Assessing the Long-Term Value of Oregon Farmland

Craig Beebe

A study released this week by the Oregon Department of Agriculture explores the long-range, multifacted value of farmland in the state, which transcends the short-term profits that result from developing such lands.

"Aging in Place": Report Considers How To Make Better Communities for Seniors

Dave Garlock, 1000 Friends Communication Intern

As America's and Oregon's population ages, the challenge of meeting seniors' needs for their communities and homes is of increasing concern to planners and policymakers. One recent study, however, suggests that we should begin by reinvesting in transportation and housing in the places where seniors (and future seniors) already live.

Three Articles Consider the Changing Shape of Communities

Dave Garlock, 1000 Friends Communication Intern

Recently the shape our communities will take in the coming years, specifically in the suburbs, has been a hot topic in the media. Three interesting articles recently crossed our desks, discussing how things can change for the better.

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