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Kesey Square: Up Against The Wall

December 4th, 2015 No Comments

Seattle last month cleaned up its famous chewing gum wall, leaving China with no competition in the “Walls That People Travel to See” category. If we can solve our wall problem, the square problem may solve itself.

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W2W: Eugene’s Pretty Good Idea

October 16th, 2015 No Comments

A string of government centers — city, county and courts all have Eighth Avenue addresses — cannot make a Great Street. Unless your civic buildings are so monumental that people will walk to gawk, people won’t want to go there. They’d rather shop or eat or drink.

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Earning a Raise Requires Earning Trust First

October 2nd, 2015 1 Comment

Voters taxed themselves (twice) to expand the park system. Voters approved the money with relatively few restrictions, trusting city officials to be inventive and opportunistic. The city has leveraged those funds with creativity and consistency.

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Housing, Havens and Hash

July 25th, 2014 No Comments

Economists have a charming term for this cascading causality: creative destruction — “destruction” because the status quo crumbles, “creative” because something new takes its place.

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