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 […]

Being kind to our unhoused neighbors means creating housing they can afford

I have been having an ongoing dialogue on Facebook, and in a meeting this past week, with some of the folks behind a free, somewhat mysterious event called the Choose Kindness Celebration, to be held today (Sunday) at a swanky downtown Eugene venue, the Shedd Institute for the Arts. The event will feature (I have […]

We need a Levittown of tiny houses

In the previous post, I wrote about the bungalow court, the predominant form of multi-family housing in Southern California from the 1910s through the 1930s and a cousin of the cottage cluster that is perhaps more prevalent in the Northwest. Reading its Wikipedia entry: <… a style of multi-family housing which features several small houses […]

How tiny is tiny?

A member of a Facebook group on housing recently asked this question about a project to build tiny houses for veterans in southern Oregon. And since starting Springfield/Eugene MicroDwellers, I’ve often been asked it too. (Is our culture obsessed with size?) For an expert opinion, I reached out to Renee McLaughlin, organizer of annual TinyFests […]

Eugene’s innovative transitional + deeply affordable housing

At Tuesdays happy hour, our visiting presidential candidate asked us about OpportUNITY Village and Conestoga huts, two innovative, extremely inexpensive ways of housing folks that were born of brilliant and compassionate minds in our community. We didn’t have all the facts at our fingertips at the time, so did a bit of research. Here is […]

Living well … on a freelancer’s budget

Microhousing lets me enjoy a fabulous style of living at an affordable price because of the small living units, shared facilities and services, and efficiencies of scale. One example, my prime reason for living here: I would never be able to afford a private chef as a single, modestly paid freelancer, but here I can […]

My neighbors, my housemates, my co-livers

I live with the same group of 40+ community college and university students throughout the academic year (late September through mid-June). Then a good share of the residents head home (or elsewhere) for the summer, and a more random assortment of folks takes their place. So far my new summer neighbors include a retired couple […]