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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'

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

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

Do We Understand Proximity? Not Even Close!

January 23rd, 2015 · 4 Comments

We gave that healthy dynamic a name: Not In My Back Yard. Once it became an acronym — NIMBY — it began to take on a life of its own. Here’s where the literal got overwhelmed by the metaphor.

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

Place-Making Must Reclaim Its Place

September 26th, 2014 · 2 Comments

I worry that we’re losing something important that we call “place.” Place was central to our lives. We wanted a place of our own. We looked forward to inviting others over to our place.

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Tags: arr-gee thumbnails · Civic · Deep · Urban Design · You-gene

City Hall Dilemma: Standing For vs. Standing In The Way

September 10th, 2014 · No Comments

The building itself has a charm worth preserving, like the one room in our house that still has shag carpeting. It reminds us of our youth. But it cannot stay where it is.

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

Inventive Solution “Corners” Venerable Business

August 8th, 2014 · 1 Comment

The Patterson is opening this fall with 100 apartments, 67 below-grade parking spaces, three commercial storefronts, and one condominium.

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