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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'

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 · 3 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

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