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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.

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Civic Camp 1000 Friends Of Oregon

  1. 1. Calgary April 18 2009
  2. 2. PORTLAND AND 1000 FRIENDS OF OREGON 2
  3. 3. PORTLAND’S QUALITY OF LIFE
  4. 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. 5. 1000 FRIENDS OF OREGON: AN ALLIANCE OF DISPARATE INTERESTS • Alliance of environmental, small business, and agricultural interests • Constant negotiation and compromise
  6. 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. 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. 8. METRO PORTLAND TRANSIT SYSTEM
  9. 9. METRO PORTLAND’S URBAN GROWTH BOUNDARY
  10. 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. 11. CIVICCAMP CALGARY: LET’S TALK, LET’S DEAL!

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