Oregon

June 25, 2007, 9am PDT
<p>A powerful home builders lobby in Oregon helped push a bill through the state legislature that some say threatens the urban growth boundary for the city of Eugene, and essentially opens the flood gates for sprawl in the area.</p>
Eugene Weekly
June 22, 2007, 11am PDT
<p>The Oregon Legislature has passed a bill that will increase penalties to drivers who carelessly injure or kill pedestrians, cyclists, and other "vulnerable" road users. Convicted offenders could face a one-year license suspension.</p>
The Oregonian
June 21, 2007, 9am PDT
<p>A high supply of jobs is bringing large amounts of migrant workers into the Pacific Northwest. But few affordable housing options exist, leaving many with no place to go.</p>
The Daily Astorian
June 13, 2007, 1pm PDT
<p>In Oregon, the controversial land use law Measure 37 is on its way back to the ballot this November, as lawmakers look to limit the development rights granted by the measure in 2004.</p>
The Oregonian
June 8, 2007, 9am PDT
<p>Research by economists at Oregon State University shows that the state's land prices have not been impacted by its strong planning system and land-use regulations.</p>
Portland Business Journal
June 3, 2007, 11am PDT
<p>In order to accommodate the inclusion of light rail, the City of Portland decided to temporarily move its bus lines a block away. The lines have been so successful that many are starting to question if the move should be permanent.</p>
The Oregonian
June 1, 2007, 2pm PDT
<p>Portland, Oregon, is pushing stricter regulations on the city's waste, mandating that residents and businesses recycle 75% of their waste by 2015. Many businesspeople are upset about the costs that would be associated with compliance.</p>
Portland Business Journal
May 13, 2007, 9am PDT
<p>Lawmakers in Oregon approved a bill to require state agencies to cut their energy consumption by 20% by 2015. Agencies will have to submit plans for how they will cut their energy use, which is expected to occur through facilities improvements.</p>
Statesman Journal
May 11, 2007, 7am PDT
<p>Political opposition may stand in the way of Oregon's plans to raise money for affordable housing by increasing the fees paid when filing real estate documents by more than 100%.</p>
The Register-Guard
May 8, 2007, 7am PDT
<p>Planners in Eugene, Oregon, have nixed plans for light rail in favor of a bus rapid transit system. However, they say the system's dedicated lanes could be converted into light rail routes in the future if the population increases enough.</p>
The Columbian
April 26, 2007, 2pm PDT
<p>Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski has undertaken an experiment and social commentary stunt to survive on food stamps. He hopes his $21-a-week food budget will raise awareness of the plight of the low-income residents of his state.</p>
Statesman Journal
April 25, 2007, 2pm PDT
<p>The power company says the controversial Klamath River hydroelectric dams are a source of clean energy that does not contribute to carbon emissions. Environmentalists and fisherman believe the dams have damaged the river and threatened livelihoods.</p>
The New York Times
April 23, 2007, 2pm PDT
<p>National award winning "green development" is getting attention in Salem, Oregon.</p>
Salem Oregon Statesman Journal
April 22, 2007, 7am PDT
<p>An atmospheric scientist is telling local officials in Portland, Oregon, that the concentration of new housing in existing high density areas may be a bad practice, as these areas tend to be located near freeways, and therefore high pollution.</p>
The Portland Tribune
April 11, 2007, 11am PDT
<p>Commuters and transit officials alike are eagerly awaiting the 2008 opening of a suburb-to-suburb rail line near Portland, Oregon. With few other examples of similar lines in the U.S., officials can only hope the line will be a success.</p>
The Oregonian
April 3, 2007, 11am PDT
<p>The regional government in Portland, Oregon, has set its sights on buying up thousands of acres of scenic lands for open space and parks. The voter-approved buy is part of a plan to improve many of the region's public spaces.</p>
The Oregonian
March 30, 2007, 8am PDT
<p>State legislators are trying to reach agreement on how to work out the kinks from the controversial law.</p>
The Register-Guard
March 26, 2007, 9am PDT
<p>Medford Oregon's newly opened public library is about to close its doors -- but it is just one of 15 across the region suffering from a loss of federal subsidies.</p>
Voice Of America
March 26, 2007, 9am PDT
<p>Transportation problems and needed improvements are expected to cost the state of Oregon billions in the next 20 years. A new report is also estimating costs of nearly $2 billion a year in lost productivity due to the transportation problems.</p>
The Portland Tribune
March 21, 2007, 8am PDT
<p>The success of Oregon's communities in stopping sprawl and preserving farmland demonstrate that its model of statewide and regional planning is worth replicating.</p>
New West