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Eugene Wants Someone Strong, Accountable, Elected

A strong mayor government combines the power of a city manager with the visibility of an elected mayor. A strong mayor answers directly to the voters, but also must work collaboratively with the city council.

Springfield Reuses Its Spaces Better Than Eugene

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

Knight’s New Stadium Would Fit Near College Hill

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.

Eugene Loves Its Grandstands (But Not Its Grandstanders)

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.

Congress to Baseball Owners: The Fix is In

Teams that spend millions for a good fastball pitcher during their pennant stretch fail to pay some of their minor league players the minimum wage. All professional baseball players should be paid at least the minimum wage.

Women’s Basketball Rewards Attendees With Joy

Most of what you’ll see if you go to the game is not quantifiable. When Hebard and Ionescu execute the pick-and-roll, it’s poetry in motion. Where is joy listed on the stat sheet?

Safety Measures Won’t Loosen Without Leadership

President Franklin Roosevelt ... gave our adversaries the playbook now being used against us. When people are afraid, they’ll barter their freedom. The ratchet tightens one notch at a time.

Parking Could Be Smarter With Low-Tech Fix

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.

There’s a Big Opportunity Coming

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.

The Big One is Coming

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