Lies from the White House: a message to the future

This will be repeatedly updated, hopefully only till January 20, 2021. Let us pray. Begun by a YouTube commenter. Jan. 22: “We have it totally under control.” Jan. 24: “It will all work out well.” Jan. 29: “Just received a briefing on the Coronavirus in China from all of our GREAT agencies, who are also […]

Boilerplate response to anti-coliving articles, posts + comments

This post was written in response to the posting (without critical analysis) of an anti-co-living article on a local pro-housing Facebook page. Which shows where we are in the work to advance housing diversity here. As microdwelling options enter the public consciousness in Eugene, I am sure this will be needed again (and again) by […]

The lowdown on composting toilets: A (belated) report from World Toilet Day 2019

Springfield/Eugene MicroDwellers members Helen Goche and Fred Pitts attended the World Toilet Day event at Whirled Pies in downtown Eugene last November, organized by the sustainability nonprofit Greywater Action. They compiled such an info-packed report that I wanted to share it more widely. For those new to greywater, I have added some background on the […]

Eugene City Council Candidates Housing Questionnaire

As we are all short on time, I feel these three questions will tell me all I need to know about whether candidates would be housing champions on the City Council, which is what Eugene urgently needs to reverse the decades-long policies and attitudes that have combined to make the City the worst in the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]