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Strides for Social Justice

March 5, 2021

Just in time for Black History Month, PeaceHealth and the Eugene Marathon are collaborating on a new initiative that highlights the contributions, milestones and achievements of local Black residents, as well as the injustices they have faced. Through a free, downloadable app, Strides for Social Justice guides participants on routes …

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Designer Babies: Prospects and Problems

February 26, 2021

Designer babies, once found only in science fiction, have become a reality. We are entering a new era of human evolution with the advent of a technology called CRISPR, which allows scientists to modify our genes. Although CRISPR shows great promise for therapeutic use, it raises thorny ethical, legal, political, …

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Losing Health and Home: Oregon’s Pending Covid-19 Eviction Crisis

February 19, 2021

This City Club program is the third in a three-part series on local housing issues. Eviction has been described as “the nuclear option” to address disputes between tenants and landlords, and the most common cause of eviction is the nonpayment of rent. Evictions initiate a cycle of housing instability for …

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Delivering on the American Dream: Housing Affordability in the 21st Century

February 12, 2021

This City Club program is the second in a three-part series on local housing issues. Oregon’s Legislature took the historic step to re-legalize traditional “missing middle housing” in 2019, but the work to build housing diversity and more inclusive neighborhoods has just begun. One promise of “missing middle housing” is …

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Missing Middle Housing: What Is It? Why Do We Need It? How Do We Get It? …

February 5, 2021

This City Club program is the first in a three-part series on local housing issues. In 2019, the Oregon Legislature passed House Bill 2001 (HB 2001). It was designed to “provide Oregonians with more housing choices, especially more housing choices that people can afford.” The law re-legalizes traditional “missing middle …

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After the Holiday Farm Fire: What Does It Mean to Rebuild? (Part 2 of 2)

January 29, 2021

What does rebuilding look like after the 173,000-acre Holiday Farm Fire along the McKenzie River? Three participants in the process share their experiences.


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Get to Know Eugene’s New City Councilors

January 22, 2021

Randy Groves and Matt Keating were elected as city councilors in Nov. 2020. They will describe their vision for their coming service to Eugene residents.


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Economic Challenges, Opportunities on the Oregon Coast

January 15, 2021

As the new year dawns, communities throughout the Oregon Coast face unique economic challenges and opportunities. On the one hand, as recently detailed by the Oregon Office of Economic Analysis, rural Oregon—including the Coast—has lost a smaller share of jobs than urban Oregon since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. …

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Implicit Bias: In the Schools, In the Courts, and in Society

January 8, 2021

The recent deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and many other unarmed African Americans have heightened awareness of systemic racism and its foundation, implicit bias. Implicit biases are unconscious attitudes and stereotypes that can manifest in criminal justice systems, workplaces, school settings, and healthcare systems. Implicit biases are based on …

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Gifts to the City – December 2020

December 18, 2020

Even those who believe Eugene is a practically perfect place to call home occasionally see a gap where an asset should be. What that gap seems to be depends on where they are standing. What constitutes the right asset to fill it depends on their understanding of community. In this …

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