Civic Archive

Eugene Wants Someone Strong, Accountable, Elected

A strong mayor government combines the power of a city manager with the visibility of an elected mayor. A strong mayor answers directly to the voters, but also must work collaboratively with the city council.

Springfield Reuses Its Spaces Better Than Eugene

Eugene wants to turn a venerable steam plant into a brewpub. Springfield turned an old power station into a historical museum years ago.

Knight’s New Stadium Would Fit Near College Hill

Allowing the University to expand its footprint to 20th and Willamette would itself restore history. The nearest neighborhood is called College Hill for a reason.

Eugene Loves Its Grandstands (But Not Its Grandstanders)

In the face of tragedy, the Eugene Civic Alliance could have folded their lack of a tent. Instead, they steeled —“timbered” — their resolve and raised a wooden boatload of money to rebuild the site from scratch.

Recalling Some of Oregon’s Unluckiest Days

It’s hard to think of events in our own lifetimes as part of our heritage, but when those events are as large and spectacular as these, the shadows of history are cast quickly. After watching the miniseries,

Putting the Dime on Oregon’s Bottle Recyclers

So where does the dime go after you pay the deposit at the store? It goes to the OBRC, which is effectively privately owned by beverage distributors.

How to Have a Successful Protest

Who do you know who might not agree with you on this topic? How can you bring it up — not to change their mind but to learn from them? How do they see things differently? Take

Women’s Basketball Rewards Attendees With Joy

Most of what you’ll see if you go to the game is not quantifiable. When Hebard and Ionescu execute the pick-and-roll, it’s poetry in motion. Where is joy listed on the stat sheet?

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