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. [Late-breaking correction: Delete <Many of these houses are owned by outside investors (including dozens by Expedia).> The map prepared by City staff used […]

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 […]

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 […]

One in a million

Other regions of the world, such as Europe, are much further along than the US in meeting the growing demand for micro-housing; for instances, see coliving.com and colivme.com. So far we’ve discovered only three other US communities remotely like the one I live in: long-term residences providing furnished rooms, serving chef-prepared meals every day, affordable […]