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You can’t go home again, part 4: Roundabouts and an urbanism success

Northwest Crossing retail

In my last three posts, I wrote of recent travels in the Pacific Northwest. I lived in the region from 1982 until 2000. During my journey, I was able to observe how urbanism has progressed in several communities that I once knew well. In the first three posts, with links here, […]

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You can’t go home again, part 3: Missed opportunities

Old Mill District with historical smokestacks

I recently traveled to the Pacific Northwest where I once lived for eighteen years. The trip allowed me to observe how urbanism has advanced, or failed to advance, in several communities that I knew well once upon a time. I’m distilling my insights into a series of “observations”, […]

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You can’t go home again, part 2: Access matters

In my last post, I began to list urbanist observations from a recent trip to the Pacific Northwest. After spending a large chunk of my life in the Northwest, I found it insightful to return years later and to look at familiar places with different acuity.

My first two observations were about Highway 97 […]

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You can’t go home again, part 1: Highway 97 in Bend

Head of the Metolius near Sisters, Oregon

Returning to a place once known well, and now changed in ways both big and small, can reveal new truths about the place and the observer. I was reminded of this during recent travels in the Pacific Northwest.

In past posts, I’ve made reference to my geographical […]