Durable Growth, Government

For good government, ideas must roam freely

Oregon vista

Many readers have likely had experiences similar to mine when it comes to sharing new concepts. I’ll think through a thorny problem, find an alternative perspective to the conundrum, and use that perspective to find an unexpected solution. But when I first share the idea, perhaps in a meeting where other’s thoughts […]

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You can’t go home again, part 7: A pair of sluggish downtowns

Klamath Falls residential building

With this post, I’ll conclude my urbanist observations from a recent trip to the Pacific Northwest. The previous post in the series is here.

During my drive from the North Bay to the Northwest, I took several breaks. And as I often do when traveling, I wandered around downtowns, camera […]

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You can’t go home again, part 5: Oregon land-use rules

Orenco Station residential over retail

In recent posts, the last of which is here, I’ve been describing a recent trip to the Pacific Northwest, a region where I lived for 18 years during the last century. The trip allowed me to observe how urbanism has progressed in the region.

In this post, I’ll look […]

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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 […]