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Viewing by month: November 2012

Transportation expert puts pedestrians on pedestal

Lockwood, a transportation engineer with a focus in livable communities, brought this idea of a pedestrian-centric city to packed audience on Nov. 28, including members of the Metro Policy Advisory Committee. Pinpointing the birth of automobiles as the negative turning point in city planning, Lockwood illustrated how cities can reclaim an environment where pedestrians and multi-modal transit options reign.

Oregon Zoo elephant delivers second calf – it's a girl!

Baby elephantNewest member of zoo’s elephant herd is born at 2:17 a.m. on Nov. 30

The long wait is over. Rose-Tu, an 18-year-old Asian elephant, gave birth to a 300-pound female calf at the Oregon Zoo at 2:17 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 30.

Oregon Convention Center hotel votes pushed back to 2013

The Metro Council is unlikely to vote this year on a proposed finance package for construction of a hotel near the Oregon Convention Center, after the regional government's staff asked for more time to negotiate with the project's developers.

Metro saves more resources as it progresses on sustainability goals

Pesticide-free day at the Oregon ZooToday Metro announced its progress toward sustainability goals in internal operations. Metro’s second report shows a year of results reaching key objectives in its Sustainability Plan, highlighted with success stories and strategies for further improvement.

Regional leaders tackle ways to develop hundreds of acres of brownfields

A presentation at that MPAC meeting said the region has more than 6,000 acres of brownfields, an area a little larger than Oregon City. Those range from the small commercial lots to operating factories to former industrial operations now used for offices and stores.

Metro seeks culture of inclusion through adoption of diversity action plan

As communities become more diverse, so does the need to create an inclusive workplace culture and engagement practices connecting the public to decision-making processes. Learn about Metro's adoption of a Diversity Action Plan and efforts to increase diversity and cultural competence among its 1,554 employees.

The eating season: Make the most of that edible holiday abundance

GroceryIt’s easy to splurge on something that comes only once a year. When friends and family gather to enjoy a favorite holiday, you want it to be special, not sparse. And those special meals of traditional recipes and family favorites often lead to leftovers – some say the leftovers are the best part.

Expanding natural areas expands benefits for wildlife and people, oversight committee reports

Benefits for wildlife and people are multiplying as Metro continues to invest a 2006 bond measure in natural areas across the region, an independent citizen oversight committee reported Thursday.

Metro Council OKs new Ringside Steakhouse contract at Glendoveer

The Metro Council confirmed today that the Ringside Steakhouse - an eastside institution since 1979 - will continue operations at the Glendoveer Golf Course and Tennis Center.

There’s still time to share your thoughts about the proposed route for the Westside Trail

More than 120 people attended back to back open houses in October, excited to learn about the proposed route for the Westside Trail. Couldn't make it? It's not too late to share your thoughts. View the open house materials on the project website and submit an online comment form, available until Friday, Nov. 9.