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Entries Tagged as 'Civic'

Here’s to Our Horizontal Heroes

October 19th, 2018 No Comments

Willey’s restaurants regularly win awards from patrons and food critics, but don’t be distracted by the accolades — because its owner isn’t. She shows up for work every day.

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How to Guarantee Eugene’s Town Square Success

October 12th, 2018 No Comments

The details of our needs change over time, so we must always return to the intent of the gift and the vision of its donors. If Eugene and Lane County have a central hub, it belongs on 8th Avenue and should include the Park Blocks.

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EWEB Riverfront Park Plan Answers What, But Not Why

October 5th, 2018 No Comments

Those who have not been trained in the discipline confuse design with decoration. Decoration is fundamentally additive. … Design, on the other hand, reaches beauty not by exertion but discernment.

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Our Political Dysfunction (Easily) Explained

September 14th, 2018 No Comments

In our checks-and-balance system, the checks maintain balance. Each branch keeps other branches from grabbing too much power. But this is a different problem. One branch has collapsed, so the other branches lean in and step up to maintain balance.

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Minor Pleasures of Eugene Fandom

September 11th, 2018 No Comments

We witness pure joy. It appears during competition — but it actually comes from the learning. Mastery is deeply satisfying. That satisfaction cannot be hidden.

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Climate Hardships Fall Unevenly

September 11th, 2018 No Comments

The rain (or lack thereof) does not fall equally on the just and the unjust. The dismay Kristen feels is not distributed equally across the political spectrum.

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How To Make Utility Bills More Fair

September 11th, 2018 No Comments

No one disputes that conservation should be encouraged. Pricing structures shape public behavior. Habits are harder to change than rates. As things stand, the champions of conservation pay nearly double the per-unit rate as those who use their full allotment of EWEB’s first-tier power.

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We Need a Rural WeWork Model

September 11th, 2018 No Comments

WeWork’s success relies on the serendipity of meeting others using adjoining workspaces. Can some of the benefits of proximity be replicated in a digital world? What would bring rural neighbors together around shared economic benefits?

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Keep Eugene Weird

September 11th, 2018 No Comments

Now more than ever, we must preserve and protect those things about us that make absolutely no sense. We have to support outdoor tuba concerts, mausoleum tours, nude beaches for middle-aged bathers, and our S.L.U.G. Queen pageant.

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Downtown Eugene: Up, Up, or Away

September 11th, 2018 No Comments

We can stop regretting decisions made in 1968. Maybe they weren’t good or bad — just too soon. It’s taken us 50 years to grow into our taller skin, but now we have. We can feel good about that.

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