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Beyond NIMBY to NIYBY

Some local residents think nobody should be allowed to keep chickens without first getting permission from their neighbors. I was never a fan of NIMBY (“Not In My Back Yard”), but now we’re approaching NIYBY — Not

Water From the Sky: A Post-Summer Primer

We barely remember how to shuffle our feet against a mat before entering the house. We’ve been beating the dust off them instead. Except for metaphors, we haven't considered mud for months.

Minor Pleasures of Eugene Fandom

We witness pure joy. It appears during competition — but it actually comes from the learning. Mastery is deeply satisfying. That satisfaction cannot be hidden.

How To Make Utility Bills More Fair

No one disputes that conservation should be encouraged. Pricing structures shape public behavior. Habits are harder to change than rates. As things stand, the champions of conservation pay nearly double the per-unit rate as those who use

We Need a Rural WeWork Model

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?

Keep Eugene Weird

Now more than ever, we must preserve and protect those things about us that make absolutely no sense. We have to support outdoor tuba concerts, mausoleum tours, nude beaches for middle-aged bathers, and our S.L.U.G. Queen pageant.

Downtown Eugene: Up, Up, or Away

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

Housing Solutions Must Include Ownership Opportunities

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.

LTD Should Use Windfall to Build Ridership

If the University of Oregon followed Oregon State’s lead, or if residents were willing to pay a TOF, we could have a free system. But there are smaller steps LTD could take in that direction.

Where I Learned My ABCs in Community Organizing

I wouldn’t be surprised if there were people back then who had the same hesitations expressed in Bethel last week. We all say we want diversity, but when diversity moves in next door, things can look very