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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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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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EmX Promise Includes Less Waiting

September 28th, 2012 No Comments

Let’s make a bus that looks all the world like a train and see if it will attract private development capital. If “bus rapid transit” can attract even one quarter the investments we see with light rail, we’ve more than doubled our leverage of public monies.

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An Un-Embarrassment of Un-Riches

February 26th, 2012 No Comments

It wasn’t exactly “American Idol.” If anything, our goal was to make one Oregonian less idle.

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Economic Development is Catching up to Malsin’s Vision

November 3rd, 2011 No Comments

Attainable is the new sustainable. Economic development has shifted its focus from attracting merchants to cultivating employers and entrepreneurs.

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Celebrate the Street

September 23rd, 2011 No Comments

For four hours, a downtown street will be open to traffic but closed to cars. The commons will be taken back from automobiles and reclaimed by the people who drive them.

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Downtown Eugene: MIllions Swerved

May 13th, 2011 No Comments

The recipe that drives franchised restaurant growth has very little to do with the food they serve. Their first formula has everything to do with real estate negotiations.

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