Test Your Eugene Housing Literacy!

In our conversations with Eugeneans, especially longtime homeowners, we have found that many lack basic information about the housing situation in Eugene today. We hope this test can be a tool for deepening understanding, starting conversations, and broadening the dialogue about the many solutions that are needed. First, take the test (without answers) at bit.ly/housing-test; […]

On seeing the Eugene City Council kick the can down the road once again on housing (STRs this time)

A few weeks back, in a post that provoked quite a few Comments, I wrote about how short-term rentals are yet another factor depleting housing stock in cities across America; the scope of the problem in Eugene; and what many other municipalities have done about it. This week our City Council had the opportunity to […]

Poverty at Christmastime

This post is for anyone who still believes the myth most or all people are unhoused because they have drug/alcohol/mental health problems, or they <choose to live that way>. A few posts from the Facebook group Eugene/Springfield Resources, in response to the question <What is one thing you NEED that you cannot afford right now?> […]

Proposal: The NOAH Alliance

I rather like the idea that some are talking about of a NOAH Alliance, composed of all the local providers of naturally occurring affordable housing (referred to as NOAH by some policy wonks) in Eugene — non-subsidized housing affordable to the average Eugene renter. It is important to highlight the essential service these providers, from […]

MicroDwellers social hour, Wed., April 8 (online): sanity check in; meet others interested in small affordable housing; Q&A/chat with Sarai Johnson

In this time of coronavirus, please join our Meetup group to stay in the loop and receive invites to our events on Zoom. We also have a Facebook page (where we share ideas) and an Instagram account (where we share photos of where we have been), both @microdwellers. APRIL – Sarai Johnson! (we hope) – […]

Preserving rental housing in Eugene: the negative impact of Airbnb + other short-term rentals

ETA for the time-challenged: Click this link to read a 250-word summary of the key points in this post, published as a letter to Eugene Weekly in the December 19, 2019, issue. When I moved back to Eugene a year and a half ago and began encouraging Seattle friends to visit me, I was surprised […]

Four solutions for homeowners with too-big houses

Many homeowners, especially empty-nesters and seniors, come to our Springfield/Eugene MicroDwellers social hours because they are exploring ways to house more people on their property — which we find heartening and encouraging! Below are four possibilities we think are worth considering. 1. Backyard cottages (ADUs) Many of the homeowners who come to us (especially older […]

Fifteen ways Eugene can move forward on housing, transit, and climate action in 2020

The City of Eugenes latest effort to Engage me — this time via a survey about its Climate Action Plan, years in the making but projected to achieve only 40% of its goals — asks, <As the City Council reviews these additional policy options to mitigate carbon, is there any specific feedback you would like […]

Quads: affordable living, open to all Eugeneans

13th & Olive is an orange-and-pink intrusion at the southern edge of downtown that most Eugeneans love to hate. Its three massive (for Eugene), garishly colored buildings loom over the street, with no setbacks or (on Willamette Street, its most prominent face) street trees to soften the blow. Nor does it have any street-level retail […]

My three minutes at Build Small Live Large 2019

I am excited to be one of the five micro-friendlies on the closing panel, Housing Stories and Innovations, at the annual Build Small Live Large Summit, to be held in Portland this Thursday. (It is still not too late to register!) Our role is to put a human face on the abstractions discussed at the […]