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Here’s to Our Horizontal Heroes

October 19th, 2018 No Comments

Willey’s restaurants regularly win awards from patrons and food critics, but don’t be distracted by the accolades — because its owner isn’t. She shows up for work every day.

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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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Beyond NIMBY to NIYBY

September 15th, 2018 No Comments

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 In Your Back Yard. share: Recommend on Facebook Tweet about it Tell a friend

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Water From the Sky: A Post-Summer Primer

September 14th, 2018 No Comments

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.

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Minor Pleasures of Eugene Fandom

September 11th, 2018 No Comments

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

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How To Make Utility Bills More Fair

September 11th, 2018 No Comments

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 their full allotment of EWEB’s first-tier power.

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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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Keep Eugene Weird

September 11th, 2018 No Comments

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.

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