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Entries Tagged as 'Urban Design'

Eugene Needs a Downtown Light Show

December 17th, 2018 No Comments

Let’s work with Ya-Po-Ah Terrace to make its holiday PEACE ON EARTH rooftop display a permanent feature of Eugene’s skyline year-round.

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Eugene’s Doppelgänger: Paris

December 17th, 2018 No Comments

Look at a map of Paris and then look at a map of Eugene. Each has a curving blue stripe running through it.

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Keep EWEB Building Publicly Owned (But Not As City Hall)

December 17th, 2018 No Comments

These two buildings must stay publicly owned. But the offices shouldn’t be renovated to house city staff….

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How to Guarantee Eugene’s Town Square Success

October 12th, 2018 No Comments

The details of our needs change over time, so we must always return to the intent of the gift and the vision of its donors. If Eugene and Lane County have a central hub, it belongs on 8th Avenue and should include the Park Blocks.

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Don’t Let Scooters Ruin Our Riverfront Paths

October 5th, 2018 No Comments

Our riverfront trails attract all comers. That makes them special. Bicycles, skateboards, baby strollers, wheelchairs and dogs — even horses — are welcome. Joggers, runners, and walkers pass at different speeds, cooperating to avoid collisions. Communication is key.

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EWEB Riverfront Park Plan Answers What, But Not Why

October 5th, 2018 No Comments

Those who have not been trained in the discipline confuse design with decoration. Decoration is fundamentally additive. … Design, on the other hand, reaches beauty not by exertion but discernment.

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We Need a Rural WeWork Model

September 11th, 2018 No Comments

WeWork’s success relies on the serendipity of meeting others using adjoining workspaces. Can some of the benefits of proximity be replicated in a digital world? What would bring rural neighbors together around shared economic benefits?

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Downtown Eugene: Up, Up, or Away

September 11th, 2018 No Comments

We can stop regretting decisions made in 1968. Maybe they weren’t good or bad — just too soon. It’s taken us 50 years to grow into our taller skin, but now we have. We can feel good about that.

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Housing Solutions Must Include Ownership Opportunities

July 30th, 2018 No Comments

Given the choice between a subsidized rental or a small space that includes ownership, how many would choose the latter? We don’t know, because it’s not available.

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Springfield Reuses Its Spaces Better Than Eugene

May 11th, 2018 No Comments

Eugene wants to turn a venerable steam plant into a brewpub. Springfield turned an old power station into a historical museum years ago.

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