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Dear {friend},

While Oregon's economy is growing stronger, wages are still stagnant and housing affordability is becoming a very real concern for many Oregonians. At 1000 Friends, we believe that all Oregonians should have access to safe, affordable housing. In fact, we recently took to the streets singing to let the Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission know that we're counting on them to be a friend to Oregonians. Interested in learning more? Stay tuned for next month's Oregon Stories in which we'll feature an in-depth look at housing affordability in Oregon and what you can do to encourage affordability in your own community. 

In this month's Oregon Stories, we take a look at recent remarks made by Governor Kate Brown regarding the importance of addressing climate change.
1000 Friends of Oregon is playing a key role in seeing that the land use & transportation plans of the state's major urban areas provide choices for how we get to work, schools and shopping to ensure we're building climate smart communities. One key factor in building livable, climate smart communities is walkability, and fortunatly, it goes hand-in-hand with building affordable communities as well. Also this month, 1000 Friends community engagement coordinator Sam Diaz fills us in on a recent bowl-off between two young leaders groups in Portland, and we'll take a closer look at the "missing middle" of Oregon's agriculture. Lastly, as we continue our work at the legislature to pass HB 2633A which would require local governments to plan for natural hazards, we encourage you to check out how seismic activity could impact your community. We hope you enjoy our May newsletter and thank you for generously supporting 1000 Friends.

Thank you for your passion,
The 1000 Friends of Oregon Team

P.S. Don't forget about the housing-related "Missing Middle" PedalPalooza ride set for Sunday, June 14th at 3:00 p.m. in Portland! We'll be leaving from Colonel Sumner Park for a cycling tour of Portland's beautiful small-plexes, courtyard apartments, internally converted large homes, townhomes and more. Click here for more details and to RSVP

P.P.S. Live near Bend? Join us for our free McCall Speaker Series, "Housing: Access, Affordability, & Local Authority", at the Environmental Center on June 27. Click here for more details and to RSVP.

Building Climate Smart Communities

Oregon Governor Kate Brown spoke about the importance of addressing climate change in her keynote address to the annual dinner of the Oregon League of Conservation Voters on May 1. Stating that "future generations will rightly judge the morality and leadership of this generation – our generation – not by the fact of climate change, but how we respond to it," the Governor committed to specific steps, including reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector. To see the Governor's full remarks, click here
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Valuing Experience over Space

Recent decades have seen an over-investment in single family detached homes and an underinvestment in the multi-family living common for most of human history. Oregon land use emphasizes that cities need to provide available housing for all income levels. Fortunately, that includes building in a way that allows people to prioritize walkability


4 Bowling Lanes. 2 Organizations. 1 Winner.

The month of May brought a unique challenge to 1000 Friends of Oregon's Land Use Leadership Initiative (LULI): a bowl-off against Oregon Environmental Council's Emerging Leaders Board (ELB). While both groups brought their best game, there could be only one winner. Find out which group took home the title!

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The "Missing Middle" of Oregon's Agriculture

Maybe the most surprising thing about the size of Oregon's agriculture – it's the state's second biggest industry – is that it could be bigger. That finding was affirmed by a recent Ecotrust report that showed a missing middle. Oregon has abundant small farms, and significant larger farmers, but farms that could be catagorized as midle-range producers are missing. 


What Will the Shaking be Like at Your Home?

Oregon is due for a major seismic event. Some places have done an excellent job planning for natural hazards during development. Others haven't. 1000 Friends of Oregon is working at the legislature to pass HB 2633A which would require local governments to plan for natural hazards. What will the shaking be like at your home? Find out here


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Oregon Stories is 1000 Friends' monthly e-newsletter, with updates on our work and important happenings across Oregon and the nation.

Photo credits
Header: Kirt Edblom
Land Use Trail: Oswald West by Sam Beebe, Creative Commons, 2.0
Climate: Kevin Dooley
Walkability: Puget Sound Regional Council
Bowling: Sam Diaz
Agriculture: Dan Kuttel
Shaking: Sean O'Brien