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Tim Kerkhove and Elise Nelson
Wed, 06/29/2016 - 11:30am

The Gerhardt and DukeEngage Interns are here

1000 Friends of Oregon is pleased to introduce our summer interns. If these two are any indication of our future leaders, we will all be better for it.

Tim Kerkhove - 2016 Gerhardt Intern

I am 20 years old and from Omaha, Nebraska. I will be entering my third year at Iowa State University in the fall double majoring in Global Resource Systems as well as Community and Regional...

Madeline Kovacs
Wed, 06/29/2016 - 12:10pm

Yes in my Back Yard is gaining steam

Earlier this month, Portland for Everyone staff attended the first ever “YIMBY” (Yes in My Backyard!) conference, convened in Boulder, Colorado. YIMBY groups are popping up across the country in response to mounting housing shortages, resulting in insufficient housing supply and...

Alyson Marchi-Young
Thu, 05/26/2016 - 5:00pm

A tale of two studies

The American West is vastly changing; disappearing to human activity – primarily urban...

Mary Kyle McCurdy
Thu, 05/26/2016 - 5:20pm

Why we don't need a freeway through farmland

The Westside Bypass Freeway was a dinosaur in the early 90s, when regional leaders wisely determined that transportation dollars could be better spent to move more people and freight by investing in transit, a grid street pattern, bicycling facilities, and walkable communities.  Instead of building an oversized and costly freeway through some of the world’s most valuable farm land, Washington County and Metro successfully implemented a more efficient, cost-effective, and integrated transportation and land use system.

Study after study shows that adding freeway...

Sadie Carney
Tue, 05/17/2016 (All day)
Land Conservation and Development Commission

Julia McKenna started work as a Hatfield Fellow with the Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD) in August, 2015, focused on housing. Energy behind the topic grew through the course of the 2016 legislative session, with at least eight bills and countless hours of testimony responding to housing challenges from every part of Oregon getting attention at the capitol. “Housing has become part of our everyday conversation in state agencies,” says DLCD Director Jim Rue, “it’s everywhere.”

As the fellowship concludes, McKenna will deliver a...

Mary Kyle McCurdy
Mon, 05/16/2016 (All day)

Testimony to LCDC following their Hatfield Fellow Report

1000 Friends of Oregon has been engaged in Goal 10, Housing, since the inception of the land use program, through litigation, advocacy, policy development, and community engagement.  Therefore, we are particularly heartened to see the work of the DLCD Hatfield Fellow focused on affordable housing.  Julia McKenna has provided a comprehensive report on the status of housing issues within the land use program, how it relates to the Oregon Housing & Community Services agency (OHCS), and current issues facing Goal 10 – including its possible role in how jurisdictions...

Mary Kyle McCurdy
Wed, 04/27/2016 - 2:35pm

1000 Friends of Oregon’s Cooperating Attorneys Program (CAP) was created in 1982 by former staff attorney and Executive Director Robert Liberty.  The purpose of the CAP program is to augment the legal capacity of the staff attorneys, by providing more legal resources to individuals and the land use program.  The success of this program depends on the many...

Alyson Marchi-Young
Fri, 04/01/2016 - 10:15am

Last month, Oregonians in Action proposed a language change for statewide documents. The opponent to Oregon's statewide Urban Growth Boundary rules has proposed that whenever Urban Growth Boundaries (UGBs) are mentioned in...