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Peter Newman to speak Thursday

From Metro –

Metro Councilors Carlotta Collette and Rex Burkholder invite you to a brown bag lunch presentation by Peter Newman, one of the world’s foremost experts on greening cities and urban planning.

  • Date: Thursday, March 6
  • Time: Noon – 1 p.m.
  • Location: Metro Council Chambers, 600 NE Grand Ave. Portland, OR, 97232
  • No RSVP is required

Peter Newman is a renowned Australian academic and planner who invented the term ‘automobile dependence’ to describe how we have created cities where we have to drive everywhere. For 30 years since he attended Stanford University during the first oil crisis he has been warning cities about preparing for peak oil. Peter’s book with Jeff Kenworthy ‘Sustainability and Cities: Overcoming Automobile Dependence’ was launched in the White House in 1999 and his new book from Island Press is ‘Cities as Sustainable Ecosystems’. Peter is the Professor of Sustainability at Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia, where he is best known for his work in reviving and extending the city’s rail system. In 2001-3 Peter directed the production of WA’s Sustainability Strategy in the Department of the Premier and Cabinet. It was the first state sustainability strategy in the world. In 2004-5 he was a Sustainability Commissioner in Sydney advising the government on planning issues. In 2006/7 he was a Fulbright Senior Scholar at the University of Virginia Charlottesville and he returns there in early 2008 as Harry Porter Visiting Professor. He was the first Australian author invited to contribute a chapter in the Worldwatch Institute’s annual State of the World publication – the 2007 edition being on cities.

Census Survey puts Portland Transit Commute Share at 13.3%

According to this CNN Money article on the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, Portland now ranks among the top 10 transit commuter cities with a commute share of 13.3%.

The article also notes that the survey puts the share of bike commuters at 3.5%, about eight times the national average.

I’d like to see the survey questions and data, and learn more about the geographic areas covered, but at least in relative terms this seems to indicate that the steps Portland has been taking to improve transit and bike networks have had an impact.

Columbia River Crossing TODAY!

The Columbia River Crossing Task Force meets this afternoon to review the public input on selection of project components to move into the next phase, the Environmental Impact Statement analysis. Our discussion last week has been submitted to the public comment record leading up to this meeting.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006
Task Force Meeting
Oregon Association of Minority Entrepreneurs
4134 N Vancouver Avenue, Portland, Oregon

TriMet lines 6 or 40