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Quips, queries, and querulous quibbles from the quirky mind of Don Kahle

Why do people say 'after dark' when what they mean is 'during dark'? After dark would be when it's light again, right? * There are 10 types of people in this world -- those who read binary, and those who don't. * I'm rethinking the whole brown rice thing. What if it's just more white liberal self-hatred? Whole wheat, honey, unbleached flour. All better. Sez who? * Eugene should be HQ for White People for Diversity. We'll fight for diversity to be included in books, which is where we know to look for it. * Give a man a fish and he'll eat for a day, but give a man a pillow, and he'll dream of steak. * What can you say about a state that puts the town of North Bend 225 miles southwest of Bend? We rely on visitors for entertainment.

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Time For Belt-Tightening to Get Creative

February 10th, 2014 · 2 Comments

Let’s reconnect our schools with their neighbors, model lifelong learning for students, and reassure Eugene’s citizens that public agencies can team up to reduce costs.

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Tags: Arr-Gee published · Civic · You-gene

Restripe the Street

August 2nd, 2013 · 9 Comments

After staging literally hundreds of different shows in the same space at Actors Cabaret in downtown Eugene, Roberts knows how to make people suspend their disbelief. He has “street cred” about how to give this stretch of street some credibility.

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Tags: Arr-Gee published · Urban Design · You-gene

Eugene’s Other Homeless Population

July 29th, 2013 · 4 Comments

Tolerance is supposed to be in Eugene’s wheelhouse, but apparently not when it involves wheeled houses.

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Boulder’s No Eugene

June 28th, 2013 · 2 Comments

Boulder doesn’t really resemble Eugene. Boulder is more like a cross between Corvallis and Beaverton.

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Looking for Eugene Under Every Boulder

June 28th, 2013 · No Comments

Boulder’s total population is 99,000, giving it double Eugene’s density of university students. By that measure, Boulder is twice the “college town” as Eugene.

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Small Ball Covers the Bases in Eugene

June 21st, 2013 · No Comments

Organically, a vibe has begun to take hold. Like baserunners distracting a pitcher to give the hitter a better chance, each success gave the next batter up a boost of confidence. Now we have a vibrant downtown with only a few strategic vacancies. Looking ahead, there are more bases to be loaded.

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Planning a Street Requires Measuring Pain More Than Time

April 26th, 2013 · No Comments

Removing those vehicles waiting to turn left eliminates most of the “luck” we currently rely on when we navigate Willamette Street. Bad luck is experienced as stress, and that stress is not divided equally among the drivers affected.

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Tags: Arr-Gee published · Psycho · Urban Design · You-gene

If We Keep Adding Parking Lots, It’ll Be Our Own Asphalt

March 8th, 2013 · 1 Comment

If we declare as a community that we will no longer support or subsidize surface parking lots in our city center, we’ll get there that much quicker. We’re already close.

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City Hall and EWEB Riverfront Taken Together

February 1st, 2013 · No Comments

When citizens see value in what’s been built with their tax dollars, everyone wins. The challenge now moves to the designers. Teach a dime to sing like a dollar.

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Perception, Proof, Prevention, Public Policy

October 13th, 2012 · No Comments

“Perception does not make fact,” said Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy. Except when it does. Mayor Piercy wrestled aloud whether she would support extending the Downtown Exclusion Zone for another two years, as requested by Chief of Police Pete Kerns. The complete quotation, as recorded by Register-Guard reporter Edward Russo, shows the complexity of the mayor’s [...]

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