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Quips, queries, and querulous quibbles from the quirky mind of Don Kahle

Why do people say 'after dark' when what they mean is 'during dark'? After dark would be when it's light again, right? * There are 10 types of people in this world -- those who read binary, and those who don't. * I'm rethinking the whole brown rice thing. What if it's just more white liberal self-hatred? Whole wheat, honey, unbleached flour. All better. Sez who? * Eugene should be HQ for White People for Diversity. We'll fight for diversity to be included in books, which is where we know to look for it. * Give a man a fish and he'll eat for a day, but give a man a pillow, and he'll dream of steak. * What can you say about a state that puts the town of North Bend 225 miles southwest of Bend? We rely on visitors for entertainment.

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Entries Tagged as 'Urban Design'

W2W: Eugene’s Pretty Good Idea

October 16th, 2015 · No Comments

A string of government centers — city, county and courts all have Eighth Avenue addresses — cannot make a Great Street. Unless your civic buildings are so monumental that people will walk to gawk, people won’t want to go there. They’d rather shop or eat or drink.

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Tags: Arr-Gee published · Civic · Psycho · Urban Design · You-gene

Travelers Prompt Eugene to Dig Deeper

September 18th, 2015 · No Comments

Here’s where problem-solving becomes essential. The force we’ve not yet harnessed is the good will of all the regular people who work or dine downtown.

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Tags: Arr-Gee published · Civic · Deep · Psycho · Urban Design · You-gene

(How to) Make Oregon a Hot Spot

September 11th, 2015 · 4 Comments

What would companies charge for up to 4 million customers, on one bill? Probably less per person than you and I are paying right now.

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Tags: Arr-Gee published · Chamber · Civic · Simple · Urban Design · You-gene

Eugene Celebration’s Future (and Present)

September 4th, 2015 · 7 Comments

We can have a central event that is free and not-too-large. Or we can have a large event that won’t be central.

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Tags: Arr-Gee published · Civic · Urban Design · You-gene

Eugene Must Seek Greatness of Spirit First

August 14th, 2015 · 2 Comments

The greatness must be inside before it can be seen outside. A very good first step came 20 years ago….

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Tags: Civic · Deep · Psycho · Urban Design · You-gene

Saving Civic’s Spirit

July 3rd, 2015 · 7 Comments

Here’s a question I find myself asking: Is now the time, and is 2077 Willamette Street the place, to build an indoor track and field complex?

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Tags: Arr-Gee published · Chamber · Civic · Urban Design · You-gene

A Little Summer FUFFFery

May 29th, 2015 · 1 Comment

Except for the flying part, haven’t our cars become everything we expected from jet packs?

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Tags: Arr-Gee published · deekay · Deep · Grins · Psycho · Quips · Urban Design

Merging Visions of Highway Safety

April 24th, 2015 · 1 Comment

System-wide safety is higher if nobody speeds, but it’s literally optimized if everybody just walks to wherever they are going. Highways inherently represent a conflict between safety and speed.

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Tags: Arr-Gee published · Civic · Deep · Psycho · Urban Design

Encourage Affordability By Attacking Gentrification

April 18th, 2015 · 4 Comments

Fortunately, affordable housing has an evil twin. It’s called gentrification. It drives residents out of neighborhoods they no longer can afford. The free market has gotten very good at promoting UN-affordable housing.

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You Can’t Spell UGB Without Arithmetic

April 10th, 2015 · 2 Comments

The raw number of people matters, because those people compete for our jobs or become our customers or get in line ahead of us at the grocery store. The percentage of people arriving just sits on a spreadsheet and stays there.

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Tags: Arr-Gee published · Civic · Urban Design · You-gene