Civic Archive

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?

Put Kesey Square in the Center of the Universe

In a way that the Merry Pranksters would appreciate, the brass circles would encourage exploratory wandering, forcing the daily bustle to slow down a bit.

Consider EmX As Art

Every EmX station and every EmX vehicle should display what EmX could look like when it’s fully built. We’re a community that likes to know where we’re going.

Axemen is an Archaic Mascot, Even Without Sexism

answers are quickly becoming as outdated as manual chopping tools. We all carry supercomputers in our pockets today. Answers are easily available. The trick now is to ask the best questions. Asking is the new power. Curiosity

Hidden Homelessness Culprit: Agency (Twice)

Lost in that transition was any coherent way for the government to help those who cannot or will not help themselves. Many agencies, public and private, step into that breach and do heroic work on a daily

Affordable Housing Strategy: Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

If we haven’t passed the tipping point, we’re fast approaching it. Soon, most of us will know somebody who has been unhoused in Oregon, at least for a little while. Something will change when it feels to

You’re Invited to a Holiday Singalong

Their ultra-minimal design has one feature that some may consider a luxury. Each shelter has a front door with a lock. Sleeping behind a locked door goes a long way toward getting a good night’s sleep.

Keillor’s Removal Makes a Bad Plan Worse

Removing Keillor from a 30-year-old piece of art is beyond the dimly lit pale. Judas did worse, but he’s still in daVinci’s “Last Supper.”

It’s Time for the West Coast to Unite

A unified front against Daylight Saving Time would expose the silliness for what it is. Think of the move as secession-lite.