You might have chosen that row of seats because there were no popcorn eaters, just as you bought a house on a quiet residential street. But in each instance, you only paid for the small portion you can control.
Entries Tagged as 'Urban Design'
April 15th, 2016 · No Comments
February 26th, 2016 · No Comments
There was no harm in giving our city council the keys to downtown development when nothing was going anywhere, but now that things are moving, the council should slide over and give more control to people who deal with these matters all the time.
January 22nd, 2016 · No Comments
There are not two Oregons. There’s only one Oregon. It contains urban and rural and very little in between. Other places allow them to melt from one to the other, separated by the shapeless liquid of suburbia.
December 11th, 2015 · 1 Comment
When we built the Hult Center and the Eugene Conference Center in 1982, we severed our signature street to give those buildings a plaza between them. We gave up driving directly from the train station and post office to downtown and the south hills. We thought it wouldn’t matter. We were wrong.
December 4th, 2015 · 1 Comment
“You have two problems,” he told me. “All the solutions proposed have been either too little or too much.”
December 4th, 2015 · No Comments
Seattle last month cleaned up its famous chewing gum wall, leaving China with no competition in the “Walls That People Travel to See” category. If we can solve our wall problem, the square problem may solve itself.
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.
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.
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.
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.