Civic Archive

Safety Measures Won’t Loosen Without Leadership

President Franklin Roosevelt ... gave our adversaries the playbook now being used against us. When people are afraid, they’ll barter their freedom. The ratchet tightens one notch at a time.

Life For Life: A Difficult Political Compromise

If I were the solution to an intractable social dilemma plaguing modern America attending a masquerade party, I already know what I’d pretend to be. I’d go to the party dressed up as two problems. As long

Parking Could Be Smarter With Low-Tech Fix

When Petry recruited artists and writers to post their work at the landings in the Overpark stairwells, it wasn’t to distract people from the steel-and-concrete structure, or even to entice motorists to use the stairs for exercise.

There’s a Big Opportunity Coming

In the case of a societal upheaval, which the next CSZ earthquake could produce, those residual benefits could add up to make a significant societal difference.

The Big One is Coming

If preparing for an unavoidable disaster is what it takes for us to get to know our neighbors and understand how to help one another, so be it. With proper planning and just a little bit of

Invite Amazon to Build Near the Eugene Airport

The airport’s best path forward may not be more incremental growth. If we want an airport hotel and reliable public transportation to and from the airport, a sudden boost would make those amenities necessary and sustainable.

Uber Could Help Eugene’s Economy in Two Ways

Residents may find themselves getting into a neighbor’s car. This detail could end up being more important than you think. To explain why, let me take you on a little side trip.

Eugene’s Naming Policy: Mend It, Don’t Upend It

Suspending the rules to rush this honor isn’t the best exclamation point that could be added to the honor. Making the rules work better for everyone would be preferable. Coleman and Ortiz stayed focused on that ideal

Legislative Session Recap: Shutouts and Sausages

Courtney enforced what came to be known among his colleagues as “the Rule of 16.” If you didn’t already have 16 votes to pass your bill, it would not get a floor vote.

Kesey Square Proposal (2003), Revised

“Ken Kesey Square” deserves to be at the center of Eugene for its oxymoronic value alone. Was there ever a man who more refused to be a square than Ken Kesey?