Aaron Brown's blog

2017 Annual Membership Meeting: Oregon Walks to the Movies

“Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.”

Citizen Jane: Battle for the City
Friday, May 5th, 7:00pm
Cinema 21, 616 NW 21st Avenue

This May marks the 101st birthday of Jane Jacobs, beloved rabblerouser, bestselling author, community organizer, makeshift urban planner and highway fighter who saved her New York City neighborhood from the bulldozers of Robert Moses' Urban Renewal schemes. Her book "The Death and Life of Great American Cities" offered biting critique on midcentury urban planning by writing on the importance on building walkable, affordable, dense, vibrant communities that she witnessed in her own neighborhood in Manhattan's Washington Park.

Oregon Walks invites you to celebrate Jane Jacobs' 101st birthday at our Annual Membership Meeting, which coincides with a screening of "Citizen Jane: Battle for the City," a new documentary coming out telling the story of her life, her advocacy, and her legacy.

Oregon Walks: Testimony to House Transportation Policy Committee Regarding HB 3231

Oregon Walks sent the following letter to the Oregon House Transportation Policy Committee, regarding House Bill 3231 and the proposed "Westside Passage" highway expansion project, which received a hearing this morning.



Oregon Walks is the state’s pedestrian advocacy organization working to make walking a safe,convenient, and accessible transportation option for all Oregonians regardless of which community they call home. We are writing you to express our strong opposition to HB 3231.


Walk the Vote: Oregon Walks' November 2016 Endorsements

Oregon Walks is the state's pedestrian advocacy organization. We advocate to make walking safe, convenient and accessible as a transportation and recreation option for everybody, living in communities all over the state of Oregon.

Walkable neighborhoods need more housing, not more parking

Below is testimony submitted by Oregon Walks in advance of the October 5th City Council meeting. We applaud the work of our partner organizations including Portlanders for Parking Reform and Portland For Everyone for their ongoing work to encourage the city's adoption of thoughtful, cogent transportation policy that supports dense, walkable communities.


Oregon Walks Testimony to Planning and Sustainability Commission - Residential Infill Project

Oregon Walks Testimony to City Council - NW Portland Parking Policy

Oregon Walks for Open Data

(The following letter was submitted on behalf of Oregon Walks to the Portland Comprehensive Plan, in response to the Call to Action published by Hack Oregon and the Portland Independent Chamber of Commerce's advocacy for Open Data in the Portland Comprehensive Plan). 


Oregon Walks response to Oregonian editorial:

Following a month of terribly tragic traffic injuries and fatalities here in Portland, Blue Oregon just published our Board President's response to The Oregonian's recent op-ed on the deaths of three children who were killed while crossing the street in Springfield, OR this February.

We extend this sentiment to all the senseless deaths and in response to the unfathomable pain too many Oregon families are feeling right now: We must not accept this as inevitable. This has to change.

Last Chance to Help Oregon Walks on our May Membership Drive!

Untitled Infographic (2)

    Last February, Oregon Walks launched a campaign for pedestrian safety in response to two horrific pedestrian fatalities in East Portland. We picked up over 800 citizen signatures and 25 organizations representing public health, active transportation, social justice, and local businesses to demand that city hall begin to take seriously the significant public health epidemic happening in the streets of our most disenfranchised communities. It was an unexpected move for an organization then operating without permanent staff – but we were bursting with energy from our volunteer base, new board members, all dedicated to keeping the organization moving and mission relevant.