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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'

Restripe the Street

August 2nd, 2013 · 9 Comments

After staging literally hundreds of different shows in the same space at Actors Cabaret in downtown Eugene, Roberts knows how to make people suspend their disbelief. He has “street cred” about how to give this stretch of street some credibility.

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

Eugene’s Other Homeless Population

July 29th, 2013 · 4 Comments

Tolerance is supposed to be in Eugene’s wheelhouse, but apparently not when it involves wheeled houses.

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

Small Ball Covers the Bases in Eugene

June 21st, 2013 · No Comments

Organically, a vibe has begun to take hold. Like baserunners distracting a pitcher to give the hitter a better chance, each success gave the next batter up a boost of confidence. Now we have a vibrant downtown with only a few strategic vacancies. Looking ahead, there are more bases to be loaded.

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

Mass Transit Must Transform Itself to Mixed Transit

June 7th, 2013 · 7 Comments

Bike share programs make it easy for users to mix and match their transportation choices, based on weather, schedule, energy, and impulse.

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

Downtown, Bijou, Kickstarter and You

May 17th, 2013 · 3 Comments

Bijou Metro will have two theaters that seat 35 each, plus two screening rooms that seat about half as many. They hope to open next weekend, after a sneak preview for their key supporters. You could be among them.

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Tags: !AH !HA · Civic · Urban Design · You-gene

Planning a Street Requires Measuring Pain More Than Time

April 26th, 2013 · No Comments

Removing those vehicles waiting to turn left eliminates most of the “luck” we currently rely on when we navigate Willamette Street. Bad luck is experienced as stress, and that stress is not divided equally among the drivers affected.

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

If We Keep Adding Parking Lots, It’ll Be Our Own Asphalt

March 8th, 2013 · 1 Comment

If we declare as a community that we will no longer support or subsidize surface parking lots in our city center, we’ll get there that much quicker. We’re already close.

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

City Hall and EWEB Riverfront Taken Together

February 1st, 2013 · No Comments

When citizens see value in what’s been built with their tax dollars, everyone wins. The challenge now moves to the designers. Teach a dime to sing like a dollar.

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

Willamette Street Road Diet Will Reduce Stress

January 25th, 2013 · 1 Comment

What is now 75 seconds might become 90 seconds, but consistently so. The delays that come from choosing the wrong lane will be eliminated, because there will be only one thoroughgoing lane.

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

Eugene’s Library Had People Looking Up

January 4th, 2013 · No Comments

Our Seussapalooza worked. Many of these decision-makers hadn’t been inside the library building in years. We didn’t have to explain the need. It was obvious.

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