Civic Camp 1000 Friends Of Oregon

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This presentation was used to inspire participants at the first CivicCamp Calgary hosted April 18th, 2009 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. It was presented by Byron Miller.

This presentation was used to inspire participants at the first CivicCamp Calgary hosted April 18th, 2009 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. It was presented by Byron Miller.

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  • 1. Calgary April 18 2009
  • 2. PORTLAND AND 1000 FRIENDS OF OREGON 2
  • 3. PORTLAND’S QUALITY OF LIFE
  • 4. HOW DID PORTLAND BECOME PORTLAND? (the version we know) • Just an ordinary city in the 1960s • State land planning legislation passed in 1973 • Not well enforced until founding of 1000 Friends of Oregon in 1975 by Republic Governor Tom McCall and environmentalist Henry Richman
  • 5. 1000 FRIENDS OF OREGON: AN ALLIANCE OF DISPARATE INTERESTS • Alliance of environmental, small business, and agricultural interests • Constant negotiation and compromise
  • 6. 1000 FRIENDS OF OREGON: FOCAL ISSUES • Governance: 1) multi-scalar governance, 2) elected metro council, 3) citizen participation • Transportation: 1) transit, 2) walking, 3) biking, 4) link land use and transport • Economics: 1) manage growth efficiently, 2) promote quality of life, 3) preserve farmland, 4) neighbourhood business
  • 7. PORTLAND METRO POLICIES • Stop building freeways • Spend on light rail, streetcars, bicycle routes • Manage metro growth through efficient land use, environmental safeguards, transit, and attractiveness (sound economic development, not anti-growth) • Use growth boundary to guide re- investment inward
  • 8. METRO PORTLAND TRANSIT SYSTEM
  • 9. METRO PORTLAND’S URBAN GROWTH BOUNDARY
  • 10. LESSONS OF 1000 FRIENDS • Is Portland perfect? No, it’s not • Can citizens take charge and turn around their city and region? Yes, they can! • Broad, and even unlikely, alliances are needed • Multi-scalar governance—provincial, regional, and municipal must be addressed
  • 11. CIVICCAMP CALGARY: LET’S TALK, LET’S DEAL!