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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'

Eugene Street Planning Has Many Twists and Turns

May 13th, 2016 · No Comments

Everyone now agrees they overlearned that lesson. All the more reason that we reacquaint ourselves with where that lesson was learned — especially since it’s just a few blocks away, in the same part of town.

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

Zoning Plan Won’t Force Anyone

April 15th, 2016 · No Comments

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.

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

Renew Eugene’s Renewal Agency

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.

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

Explaining Oregon

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.

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Tags: Arr-Gee published · Civic · Deep · Media · Upper-Left-Edge · Urban Design

Willamette Street Should Be Reconnected

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.

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

Kesey Could Be Square Around Here

December 4th, 2015 · 1 Comment

“You have two problems,” he told me. “All the solutions proposed have been either too little or too much.”

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

Kesey Square: Up Against The Wall

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.

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

W2W: Eugene’s Pretty Good Idea

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.

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Travelers Prompt Eugene to Dig Deeper

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.

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

(How to) Make Oregon a Hot Spot

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.

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