The Coalition for a Livable Future unites a diverse array of member organizations and individuals. Together we create a stronger, collective voice for a healthy and just region. Our diverse membership allows us to understand each other’s issues and concerns, to find common ground, and to share resources and information.
Vision Zero: No One Should Die Using Our Streets
CLF Member Lead: Oregon Walks
Vision Zero prioritizes the basic safety of those living in neighborhoods without basic transportation infrastructure. It is based on the premise that every traffic crash is preventable, and that every injury and life lost on a city’s streets is a fundamental civic failure. Integrating principles of Vision Zero into transportation policy is an important statement valuing the safety and basic needs of people historically underrepresented in the decision-making process. CLF supports Vision Zero in Portland, where there is an active campaign for its adoption, and across the metro region.
Overturn Statewide Ban on Inclusionary Zoning
Inclusionary zoning is an important tool to increase access to affordable housing. Allowed in every state but Oregon and Texas, it helps local communities to create housing policies that meets the needs of their residents by requiring affordable housing units to be built along with market rate housing, typically in new developments.
Oregon banned inclusionary zoning in 1999, and is only one of two states (Texas is the other) that prohibits it. CLF, along with many of our members and partners, supports legislation to overturn the ban.
Campaign for a Fair Transfer – CLF Member Lead: OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon.
The Campaign for a Fair Transfer calls for TriMet to extend transfer times for single fares to three hours. With continued service cuts and fare increases, riders are struggling to make reasonable travel on a single fare.The Coalition for a Livable Future joins 28 coalition partners and 6,000 riders in supporting the Campaign for a Fair Transfer.
For more detailed information on the campaign, please read the Campaign for a Fair Transfer Report.
Metro’s Regional Infrastructure Supporting our Economy (RISE)
Metro has been working to address a major regional deficit in infrastructure funding and to identify investments to stimulate the regional economy. They have developed an approach, called RISE (formerly the Community Investment Initiative) to help guide how these infrastructure projects will be identified.
The Coalition for a Livable Future is working to ensure that community benefits, equity, and community engagement have a critical role within RISE. If you would like to stay connected with CLF’s involvement in RISE, please contact Scotty Ellis for more information.
The Importance of Green Infrastructure
CLF Member Lead: Audubon Society of Portland and Urban Greenspaces Institute
The use of green infrastructure is predicated on the philosophy that stormwater is a valuable resource that can restore our neighborhoods and communities, not a nuisance to be gotten rid of by pipes and other gray infrastructure methods. Over the past two decades, the City of Portland has become a national and international leader in adopting green stormwater strategies. CLF supports expanding and building on the existing green infrastructure programs, which allow the city to directly engage communities in promoting the health of people and our their watersheds; achieving the city’s regulatory mandates while also providing many additional community benefits; and achieving high return on investment for tax payers.