Going Places: From Medford to Portland, Employers Are Stepping Up for Walkable Workplaces

Walkability shouldn’t be a value limited to where we live. More and more Oregonians want to work in places within easy walking distance of amenities and services they need to access throughout the day. Smart employers are recognizing this trend, and meeting it.

It’s not something limited to the commercial districts of large cities, either. Almost every Oregon community has great potential to attract and sustain the growing number of employees interested in walkable workplaces.

The Livability List: Social Media Highlights, March 27-April 3

In this world of constant communication, it's hard to keep up with all the news in planning, land use, and agriculture. On Twitter and Facebook, 1000 Friends strives to keep you informed about what matters. In case you don't follow us, though, we're happy to introduce this feature, highlighting some interesting recent posts.

A City's Center: Rethinking Downtown

A City's Center: Rethinking Downtown

Event Date: 
Fri, 05/04/2012 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm

Eugene City Council Public Hearing: Envision Eugene

Envision Eugene: City Council Public Hearing

The Eugene City Council holds a public hearing on the Envision Eugene comprehensive plan:

Monday, May 14, 7:30pm
Council Chamber, Eugene City Hall, 99 W 10th Ave. 

Before this hearing, the City is holding a series of public forums on the proposed plan in March and April 2012. More information on those forums here.

Event Date: 
Mon, 05/14/2012 - 7:30pm

Envision Eugene Community Forums

Envision Eugene Community Forums

On March 14, 2012, Eugene City Manager Jon Ruiz released his recommended plan for Eugene's future growth, including roughly 1100 acres of urban growth boundary (UGB) expansion for homes, industry, schools, and parks. Many details of the plan, called Envision Eugene, have yet to be released.

Event Date: 
Repeats every week until Mon Apr 16 2012 except Tue Mar 27 2012. Also includes Thu Mar 22 2012, Thu Apr 05 2012, Thu Apr 12 2012.
Tue, 03/20/2012 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Thu, 03/22/2012 - 12:00am - 2:00am
Tue, 04/03/2012 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Thu, 04/05/2012 - 12:00am - 2:00am
Tue, 04/10/2012 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Thu, 04/12/2012 - 12:00am - 2:00am

McMinnville: Vision for the Future Workshop

Community: Vision for the Future

McMinnville Library Carnegie Room

2pm, Sunday, March 18, 2012

This interesting workshop is hosted by the McMinnville Public Library and should be an excellent opportunity to participate in a dicussion of how McMinnville can grow in a sustainable and livable way.

Facilitator: Nathan Jones, The Northwest Institute for Community Enrichment

Event Date: 
Sun, 03/18/2012 - 2:00pm

LCDC Remands McMinnville Urban Growth Boundary Expansion

On February 29, 2012, the Oregon Land Conservation and Development Commission (LCDC) sent an excessive urban growth boundary expansion plan back to the City of McMinnville.

Yamhill County Wine Tour

Yamhill County Wine Tour 

We've chartered a bus and hope to have a great day of conversation, education, and ending with a wine tasting! We'll have the Portland folks meetup in Portland to hop on the bus, then meet folks from around the state in Newberg before we proceed with our tour of the Dundee hills vineyards. 

Event Date: 
Sat, 03/10/2012 - 11:00am - 5:00pm

Newberg Graphic Editorial: Stop Unwarranted Attacks on Land Use Planning

Editorial Board
Newberg Graphic
Sat, 02/18/2012 (All day)

After a heated Newberg City Council meeting earlier this month, in which several members of the City Council expressed extreme anger at land use planning laws and 1000 Friends affiliate Friends of Yamhill County for blocking an illegal urban growth boundary expansion in January, the Newberg Graphic issued a strong rebuke in a February 18 editorial.

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.  

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