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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'

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

Housing, Havens and Hash

July 25th, 2014 · No Comments

Economists have a charming term for this cascading causality: creative destruction — “destruction” because the status quo crumbles, “creative” because something new takes its place.

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

Farewell to the Fare, Thanks to the Fair

July 22nd, 2014 · No Comments

Oregon Country Fair leaders have devised a clever alternative to purchasing carbon offsets, which function like modern-day indulgences, assuaging the guilt of event organizers and attendees.

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

Councilors Should Let Others Do Their Homework

June 13th, 2014 · No Comments

Everyone pushed beyond their comfort zones and learned how to identify the values we all share when we “envision Eugene.” Some would say the group itself did something miraculous. Conservationists and developers broke bread together.

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

Let a Thousand Celebrations Bloom This August

June 6th, 2014 · No Comments

Eugene’s city staff should throw open its permit window and offer anyone with an August celebration idea the opportunity to try it this year with as little regulatory interference as possible. Give restaurants and downtown bars a weekend of sidewalk serving privileges for minimal or no expense. If we want a thousand flowers to bloom, staying out of their way is a good place to begin.

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

A Bird’s Eye View of Population Density

May 2nd, 2014 · 4 Comments

Booking agents, national merchants and local entrepreneurs use numbers to determine whether they can succeed here. More successes for them translate into more choices for us.

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

Look Both Ways Before Regulating

April 25th, 2014 · No Comments

I understand that certifying taxis and drivers keeps citizens safe — from bad brakes to armed robberies. I’m not saying that safety isn’t worth the money. Just let people choose.

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