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At climate summit, leaders support transportation investments

More buses. Smarter roads. Better sidewalks and bikeways. All gathered support from the morning gathering of dozens of elected officials. That support isn't surprising. The leaders were spending on a currency of moral imperative, guided by a budget they've already laid out in policies that have been adopted from city councils and county commissions from across the region.

New ecology corps leaders hope youth 'fall hopelessly in love with nature'

The corps is a new conservation initiative, aimed at providing paid work opportunities for youth to develop conservation skills and environmental literacy. Its launch is part of the roll-out of the Portland region's 2013 parks and natural areas property tax levy.

No 5-acre urban lot: Survey aims to look at residents' true housing priorities

Launched as part of Metro's urban growth report, the survey of 800 regional residents, plus another panel of Opt In participants, could shed light on the trade-offs consumers are willing to make to live in the type of neighborhood they desire.

Community leaders speak out on tailpipe reduction, say transit is a priority

Ideas for the future of transportation in the Portland region flew fast and furious last week as community leaders provided feedback on six proposals for Metro's efforts to curb tailpipe emissions in the Portland region. Those ideas came at two workshops used to gather perspectives on transportation in order to shape the region's preferred approach for reducing greenhouse gases.

Portland growth slows, but still among U.S. leaders

The Portland region’s growth slowed last year, the Census Bureau said this week, but the Rose City and its metropolitan area continue to be among the fastest-growing areas of the country.

Small town regionalism: Relationship between westside cities, Metro seems to warm

For all of the tension between regionalism and local control in parts of the Portland region, Forest Grove and Cornelius present a hopeful case study – that tensions settle, that attitudes change, and that everyone benefits in the end.

Amount of residential units built as 'refill' nearly doubles; Metro Council ponders density

NMVCouncil's opinion on density could impact future UGB decisions

"Oregonians hate two things: Density and sprawl." That aphorism, widely credited to former Metro Executive Mike Burton, neatly sums up the challenges the Metro Council faces with its coming urban growth boundary decisions.

Metro area garbage rates could decrease next year

Residents of the Portland region could see a decrease in their monthly garbage bill if the Metro Council approves an ordinance this week. But rates for composting will go up as a result of the same action.

Communities looking at smaller transit systems to address local needs

Local groups take charge of public transportation as TriMet looks for community partners.

No 2014 opponents for auditor candidate Evans, incumbent councilors Collette, Craddick and Harrington

Councilors Carlotta Collette, Shirley Craddick and Kathryn Harrington all are running unopposed for another four-year term. Also running unopposed is Metro Auditor candidate Brian Evans. Auditor Suzanne Flynn is not running for re-election.