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Entries Tagged as 'Urban Design'

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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Knight’s New Stadium Would Fit Near College Hill

May 4th, 2018 No Comments

Allowing the University to expand its footprint to 20th and Willamette would itself restore history. The nearest neighborhood is called College Hill for a reason.

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Eugene Loves Its Grandstands (But Not Its Grandstanders)

May 3rd, 2018 No Comments

In the face of tragedy, the Eugene Civic Alliance could have folded their lack of a tent. Instead, they steeled —“timbered” — their resolve and raised a wooden boatload of money to rebuild the site from scratch. If there are two things this community knows well, it’s building and scratch.

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Parking Could Be Smarter With Low-Tech Fix

March 4th, 2018 No Comments

When Petry recruited artists and writers to post their work at the landings in the Overpark stairwells, it wasn’t to distract people from the steel-and-concrete structure, or even to entice motorists to use the stairs for exercise. It was to help them remember where they parked.

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There’s a Big Opportunity Coming

March 3rd, 2018 No Comments

In the case of a societal upheaval, which the next CSZ earthquake could produce, those residual benefits could add up to make a significant societal difference.

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The Big One is Coming

March 3rd, 2018 No Comments

If preparing for an unavoidable disaster is what it takes for us to get to know our neighbors and understand how to help one another, so be it. With proper planning and just a little bit of luck, an epic disaster could be remembered by survivors as little more than a major inconvenience.

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