• The Nature of Gratitude -- by donation, at Tsunami Books

    A lovely annual tradition in Eugene ... Nature-inspired authors Eric Alan and Tom Titus will host the fourth annual “Nature of Gratitude” celebration. These gentlemen offer perspectives on gratitude using their own writings and photography, and embrace the contributions of others. Special guests will include * emcee Joe Moll, executive director of McKenzie River Trust * musical interludes by Halie Loren w/Daniel Gallo * Native American flautist Gentle Thunder * original writings by local author and teacher Melissa Hart * performance poet Jorah LaFleur This year is a fundraiser for Eugene Gleaners, a group of local volunteers bridging the gap between surplus food and hungry families. Let’s be warm, cozy and grateful together. (Donations) ________________________ https://eugeneareagleaners.com http://www.tomatitus.com http://www.whitecloudpress.com/authors/eric-alan Later this month at Tsunami: Sunday, November 24, 3pm: Book release celebration for Tom Titus

  • Portland tour of microhousing & cohousing


    I will be speaking on living in microhousing at the Build Small Live Large conference in Portland on Thurs., Nov. 7. These are some of the sites I am interested in visiting the next day(s). MICROHOUSING The Arthur 726 SW 11th http://www.arthurpdx.com [masked][masked] Downtown microhousing on the Park Blocks in a renovated historic hotel. Micro-studios begin at $845, larger studios at $1,150. Jolene's First Cousin SE Gladstone and SE 28th Place http://guerrilladev.co/jolenes-first-cousin Two two-story buildings on a single lot, with a total of six units: three retail spaces, two market-rate lofts and one containing eleven 100-SF single resident occupancy (SRO) rooms around $500/mo. The SRO rooms will share amenities: kitchen, living and dining room, courtyard, showers and toilets, and laundry. Each room will have its own bed, closet, and sink. Half of the rooms will be advertised on Craigslist. The others will be filled with working houseless people via the organization JOIN. We may be able to meet with a staffer from JOIN. AFFORDABLE HOUSING The Mann House in Laurelhurst - a mansion recently acquired. Must-see. COHOUSING Portland has 7 cohousing communities: Trillium Hollow, Cascadia Commons, Columbia Ecovillage, Daybreak, Kailash, Cully Grove, and PDX Commons ... networking as the PDX-Plus group. https://www.facebook.com/groups/976241309129254 [We'll have to prearrange if we want a formal tour.] Kailash Ecovillage (rentals) 4311 SE 37th Avenue http://www.kailashecovillage.org About 50 residents in 30 1BR, two 2BR, and rooms in a house (http://www.kailashecovillage.org/rooms). PDX Commons (all seniors) 4262 SE Belmont St. https://www.pdxcommons.com [masked] Four-story condo bldg - 27 private spaces & 5,000sf common spaces. Four in the Cully neighborhood: 1. Columbia Ecovillage (cohousing) 4647 NE Killingsworth Street http://columbiaecovillage.org The 37 homes are in a 1970s apartment complex, renovated in 2008 for energy efficiency and healthy air quality. (The smallest unit is 500sf, which isn't microhousing but is quite small for cohousing.) 2. Cully Grove (cohousing) https://cullygrove.org 16 homes on 2 acres at 48th & Going 3. Mason Street Townhomes -- http://www.masonstpdx.com 14 townhomes near Cully Grove (can't find address!) #2 and #3 both designed eco-friendly by Eli Spivak’s Orange Splot. Video tour of both: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AKqHYZbE7Hk 4. Nesika Illahee (affordable apts w/services for Native Americans, set to be completed in Nov 2019) https://www.communitydevpartners.com/nesika-illahee 59 units, including 13 studios HOTELS The Society Hotel/Hostel 203 NW Third, Old Town https://thesocietyhotel.com/portland/history Curtained bunk pods start at $35/night. I am staying here. Tiny Digs Hotel NE 28th & E. Burnside https://www.tinydigshotel.com Video tour: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nc8o01Kf6zY A unique hotel of custom-built, individually designed tiny houses, around $185/night. (If we want an in-depth experience, tours can be arranged in advance, $10/person. Or we can just watch the video.) Caravan - another tiny-house hotel ============= Hoping to stay till ... Tues., Nov. 12, 8-9am Coffee with Kevin Cavenaugh, Guerrilla Development New New Crusher Court, 2500 NE Sandy Blvd., Suite C, Portland Free but limited to 10 people, so you must register. Held every second Tuesday of the month: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/coffee-with-kevin-tickets-44818191417 Cavenaugh's TED talk, "How Much Is Enough?": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dFlYnL_SHQc

  • Build Small Live Large! A day-long summit in Portland (+ an ADU Academy Nov. 8)

    I will be on the closing panel at this conference, Housing Stories! --Sherri ============== Smaller homes offer solutions to pressing social and environmental challenges: steeply rising apartment rents and home prices, gentrification and displacement, and the pollution that is changing our planet’s climate. This summit offers a full day of informative and thought-provoking sessions with housing experts working on the cutting edge of zoning policy, smaller footprint design, and development. https://buildsmall-livelarge.com/2019-program Other speakers will include Sightline’s Madeline Kovacs, Margaret Morales & Michael Andersen; Carmel Snyder of AARP Oregon, Portland affordable-housing developer Eli Spevak of Orange Splot, and Pastor Dan Bryant (executive director of Eugene’s SquareOne Villages). They will speak on ADUs, microhousing/SROs, co-living, tiny houses, missing middle housing, and effective strategies for garnering public support and passing the zoning ordinances and legislation needed to achieve more of all these housing types. The summit takes place at the Smith Center (the student union) at PSU in downtown Portland. An optional add-on Bus Tour or ADU Academy takes place on Friday, November 8. (Scroll to bottom for descriptions.) ______________________________ Registration includes all sessions, beverage breaks, box lunch and hospitality. Professional registration rate: $305 Individual registration rate: $230 A block of rooms has been reserved at the nearby Hotel Zags at a discounted rate for Summit attendees. [I will be staying in a $40/night pod at the Society Hotel downtown: https://thesocietyhotel.com/portland/accommodations/hostel-bunk-room. I am taking Bolt Bus, $12 each way.] ============= Optional events on Friday, November 8 TOUR: Optional registration for a guided bus tour of Portland’s Hidden Discriminatory Housing History, presented by the Fair Housing Council of Oregon. This tour includes coach transportation, lunch, facilitated discussion, and guides provided by the Council. Fee: $100; limited to first 45 registrants WORKSHOP: ADU Academy Separate registration is required for this six-hour workshop -- an educational event about accessory dwelling units for designers, builders, lenders, realtors, appraisers, real estate investors, and developers. Details: https://accessorydwellings.org/academy Fee: $319 by Oct. 14, then $359; limited to first 100 registrants Principal instructor: Kol Peterson is Founder and Director of ADU Academy. He is the author of Backdoor Revolution - The Definitive Guide to ADU Development, owner of Caravan, the worlds first tiny house hotel, and organizer of Portland’s popular ADU Tour. He edits and manages AccessoryDwellings.org and BuildinganADU.com. Kol developed and lived in a detached new construction ADU in 2011, and developed a basement/garage conversion ADU in 2018.

  • Hops for Huts - happy hour for Eugene’s Community Supported Shelters (CSS)

    Come celebrate the work of Community Supported Shelters! CSS provides safe, secure micro-shelter for people experiencing homelessness through two programs: Conestoga Huts and Safe Spot communities. For every pint purchased, $1 goes toward CSS efforts. Claim 52 Kitchen serves pilsners, ales, stouts, cider, and tasty food too! A demonstration Conestoga Hut will be on-site to explore. Bring your curiosity and questions. CSS also plans to have a raffle with some great prizes. Your donations help provide a safe stable place for those without homes and supportive communities that help people move toward life improvements. Tell your friends. Bring a friend. Spread the word. :-) Website: https://communitysupportedshelters.org Email if any questions: [masked] From https://allevents.in/eugene/hops-for-huts-pints-for-a-cause/200018109519536 _________________________ Photos from our Oct. 3 public tour of the CSS workshop and a Safe Spot: https://www.instagram.com/p/B3NRqFrAJTG https://www.instagram.com/p/B3LjMujAdW4 CSS welcomes volunteers to build more huts (Tuesdays & Thursdays in west Eugene), cook dinner at the Safe Spots, and help in other ways.

  • Permaculture History of River Road - by Jan Spencer + guests

    River Road Park & Recreation

    [Note from Sherri: We just learned about this event, which is the same night (first Tues of the month) as our November social hour (at the Cornbread Cafe Springfield). We will aim to have our December 3 social hour at a River Road venue to better accommodate those who might like to attend Jans December 3 event.] The presentation will feature personal accounts from guests along with archival fotos of sites and events dating back before turn of the century. The show and tell will include work parties, before and now images - Jan's place, Dharmalaya, Vistara, various property transformations in the neighborhood; early site tours, early PC convergences, Community Transformations, 2015 NW PC Convergence, Fall Fests, Community Supported Woofers, Filbert Grove restoration, Resilience Festival and more. If you have archival fotos of your River Road property transformation, send 3 or 4 pics to Jan to include in the slide show. [masked] Take the bus: LTD routes #51, 52, and #55 serve River Road. ___________________________________________ This event is part of a series. Here is a quick look at the remaining presentations. All take place at the River Road Rec Center, 1400 Lake Drive: Tuesday, Nov 12, 6:30-8pm Permaculture sites in Eugene and the Pacific Northwest: East Blair, Maitreya, Duma, Kailash, N Street, Columbia Tuesday, Dec 3, 6:30-8pm Pushing back on cars - reclaim car space for bikes and pedestrians: Critical mass, parking day, parklets, community plazas, superblocks. Eugene, NYC, Freiberg, Barcelona Tuesday, Dec 17, 6:30-8pm Allies, assets, actions for regime change: Lifestyle, economics, culture, community. Also of related interest - Podcasts of Jan's radio program https://player.whooshkaa.com/shows/creating-a-resilient-future

  • Our monthly happy hour! Come talk inexpensive ADUs & other small-scale topics

    Are you interested in: --tiny houses --micro-apartments --ADUs --garage conversions --housing co-ops and intentional communities --RVs, vans, skoolies --increasing the density on your property --electing local leaders supportive of the above --downsizing from wherever you are --or other topics in small-scale living Join us for our monthly happy hour (in a quieter spot this time, we think) & meet others who feel the same! Friends are welcome. Look for our Springfield/Eugene Micro-Dwellers Happy Hour sign. You can arrive anytime your schedule suits. ICYMI: The Register-Guard ran a great full-page article on ADUs last Sunday! The reporter, Adam Duvernay, talked to just about everyone: https://www.registerguard.com/news/20191026/no-small-solution-tiny-granny-flats-may-ease-not-solve-eugenes-rental-market-woes We will bring photos/descriptions/plans for affordable ADU and garage conversions that others in Eugene/Springfield have shared with us. If you have some to share, please bring them! NOTE: If you have other specific questions/problems, feel free to let us know in the Comments so we can try to bring resources (people, books, websites, etc.) that can help! Take the EmX: If coming from Eugene, it is a quick trip on the EmX to the downtown Springfield transit center (buy tickets on the platform). Then walk a few blocks west to Main Street, where you will find the new Springfield outpost of the Cornbread Cafe. We can personally recommend the gumbo with (of course) cornbread. FYI, our group is also on Instagram, where we share photos: @redefininghome1 Facebook, where we share articles & news about the many ways people are finding to live small: @MicroDwellers _________________ More about the Cornbread Cafe Springfield It offers delicious Southern-inspired plant-based food in a beautifully transformed space in downtown Springfield, rich with interesting historical objects. It is a few doors down from the Main Street Market (you will see the markets Main Street sign). Review: https://www.eugeneweekly.com/2019/09/05/main-street-vegan Menu: http://cornbreadcafe.com/springfield Cornbread Cafe on the Food Network: https://www.foodnetwork.com/videos/cornbread-cafe-0235431 (this is the original Eugene location)

  • Choose Kindness Celebration at the Shedd @2pm, housing breakout session @ 3:15

    Learn how Kindness Campaigns have transformed communities, reduced crime, and increased well-being. 2pm Addresses from former Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait and Eugene Mayor Lucy Vinis 3:15-4:15pm Breakout sessions on personal kindness, kindness in school and families, kindness in business and kindness and homelessness/housing HOMELESSNESS/HOUSING BREAKOUT SESSION (from https://www.facebook.com/events/3090156091001473): David Hazen, founder, Emerald Compassionate Action Network, will be leading a breakout session with a panel of 15 respondents including those with lived experience, government, service providers, faith community and business. They will share their values, accountability and commitment to a culture of universal housing in a compassionate listening circle. [From Sherri: This session has assembled a lot of people who are important players in the complicated puzzle of providing housing in Eugene. I think it would be worthwhile to attend + bring our perspectives on the need to move forward together to increase Eugenes stock of affordable small-scale housing in as many ways as possible. The format is what is called a fishbowl, which means the audience will be asked to listen to respondents speak rather than interacting with them or each other; but there will be space for such discussion after the hourlong fishbowl.] Rabbi Yitzhak Husbands-Hankin, Rabbi Emeritus, Temple Beth Israel Kristin Fay deBuhr, Community Supported Shelters Donna Jackson, Camp Manager, Community Supported Shelters Amanda Dellinger, SquareOne Villages Kris McAlister, Member, Poverty & Homelessness Board Rev. Wayne Martin, Organizer, House Everyone Bob Cerince, Supervisor, Lane Co. Homeless & Supportive Housing Services Plaedo Wellman, Board member, Atlas Solutions Lama Tulku Sangye Tenzin, Teacher, Saraha Buddhist Center Chris Cunningham, Court Appointed Special Advocate Sen. James Manning, State Senator, District 7 Capt. Eric Klinko, Eugene Police Dept. Claire Barnum, Executive Director, Downtown Eugene Angela Dunham, co-Owner-Director, flex Studios Felicia Kirsch, Owner-Chef, NW Burgers ============ Background on the campaign: What’s behind those ‘Choose Kindness’ signs? - https://www.registerguard.com/news/20190807/whats-behind-those-choose-kindness-signs Website: spreadingkindnesscampaign.org Excerpts from article: The Spreading Kindness Campaign is finalizing a training package that can be presented to local businesses, and Carnine said the organization already is in talks with the city of Eugene about incorporating that training into the public works department. Last year, the campaign encouraged schools in Eugene and Springfield to participate in the “Everyone Belongs Project,” in which schools build their own programs around inclusiveness. This year that outreach will include the Bethel School District.... The local Spreading Kindness Campaign draws its inspiration from Anaheim, where former mayor Tom Tait spent much of the past decade promoting goodwill and volunteerism. Tait is scheduled to speak at the Nov. 3 event in Eugene. The years-long effort in Anaheim included a “Year of Kindness” in 2013 and the “Million Acts of Kindness Initiative” for elementary school students there. In 2016, the U.S. Conference of Mayors encouraged the nation’s schools, cities and businesses to complete 1 billion acts of kindness. The Eugene-Springfield campaign already has tallied 1.3 million acts of kindness at local nonprofits — meals served, beds offered, hours spent in service — since they began counting them last year.

  • Tour Emerald Village Eugene, a deeply affordable tiny-house village - w/donation

    [ETA: This has proven to be a hugely popular event, with 40 people RSVPing on Facebook [25 who did so after it was declared FULL] and more than 700 indicating interest. Thus we are limiting our group here to 10 members. There will be more tours of the village in spring 2020, and we will post those here too. If you decide you cant come, *please* un-RSVP so we can give as accurate a count as possible to the village the day before, Mon 10/28.] This is just one sign of how much interest there is in small-scale, low-cost housing, which perhaps the Eugene City Council should be made aware of.] ___________ We are excited to present a special opportunity to tour Emerald Village Eugene (EVE), a community of 22 deeply affordable tiny houses on an acre of land just north of the Whiteaker neighborhood, renting for $250-$350/month in a limited-equity cooperative model. The tiny houses at EVE are[masked]sf, and each has its own kitchen and bathroom. Villagers also have access to shared amenities, such as a large community room. NOTE that this worthy organization is requesting a $10 donation for its tour. We are also limiting this tour to 10 people from our group. Our guides will be Chris, a village resident and outreach committee member, and Amanda, community relations director for EVE’s nonprofit developer, SquareOne Villages. Meet at the big green community building. On its website, SquareOne Villages describes its mission as creating self-managed communities of cost-effective tiny homes for people with low incomes in need of housing. Their model has now been used by dozens of deeply affordable tiny-house villages around the country. Their executive director, Eugene’s Pastor Dan Bryant, has traveled throughout Oregon this year, consulting with the many towns, from Astoria to Ashland, who want to create similar communities. LTD bus: 51 comes closest. There is also a parking lot; if it’s full, there is plenty of street parking on Polk. __________________ A little background, for those who want it: In 2012, as an outgrowth of the Occupy movement, Eugene changemaker Andrew Heben and others created a nonprofit organization now called SquareOne Villages. In 2013 SquareOne created Opportunity Village Eugene (OVE), a community of micro-shelters or shelter pods (64-80sf) that serve as transitional housing for formerly homeless people. They created Emerald Village Eugene (EVE) after finding it difficult to find affordable permanent housing for OVE residents, many of whom are seniors or disabled and so live on a fixed income. The first villagers moved into EVE at the end of 2017. With community partners in Cottage Grove, SquareOne is currently building Cottage Village, a village of 14 tiny houses on 1430 Madison Street. A little philosophy (from the website), for those who want it: Community building: We go beyond building individual tiny houses. SquareOne builds democratic communities in which each person has a voice in shaping how their community is operated and managed—creating a foundational sense of ownership on which the village thrives. Other resources, for those who need them: Two-page fact sheet: https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/bd125b_f81ce553ab8b4a0c810e3b991bd063bf.pdf Lots more info: https://www.squareonevillages.org/emerald Toolbox for use by other communities, including floor plans for four tiny-houses and a map of other village efforts across the US, accessible to those who become Village Sustainers. A complete set of plans is available for each house, for $500/set, and comes with a Licensing Agreement: https://www.squareonevillages.org/toolbox https://www.squareonevillages.org/membership An excerpt from Andrew Heben’s 2014 book, Tent City Urbanism, which tells the story of these villages’ creation: https://www.squareonevillages.org/tent-city-urbanism

  • #QuadLife downtown: 13th & Olive and Titan Court (925 Charnelton)

    Quads are one of the few plentiful housing types that the average Eugene renter can afford -- in the $550-$650 range (often including utilities, WiFi + furniture), when average Eugene rent is over $1,300. What are they like? Lets find out. For the humble price of a quad, you get your own private bedroom [masked]sf) with a locking door, and share a kitchen, living room, and sometimes/usually a full bathroom with several others (usually three, but some buildings have quints and/or triplets). Some have a private half-bath (Capri Eugene) or even a full private bathroom (13th & Olive). Titan Court requires that you be a student of some sort of higher education (and they check enrollment), but others, like 13th & Olive and those managed by Capri Eugene and Stewardship Properties (see below), are open to all. _ _ _ _ _ _ _ I booked these two tours back-to-back but at set times, so you can come on both or just one. (You can also see these places on your own anytime, 10am-6pm weekdays.) Our schedule: 4pm Meet at the leasing office for 13th & Olive, the sprawling set of orange buildings that is often called Capstone, after the original developer. The address on their website is 1180 Willamette, so that may be where the leasing office is (across from Saucefly + Claim 52). A few facts from www.13andolive.com: --Living room is furnished; for $25/mo the bedroom can be furnished with a bed, desk + chair, dresser + side table --Kitchen includes dishwasher + washer/dryer (excessive in student housing, in my view, but then it also has a tanning salon + sauna) --Allows pets --Some organized social activities --It is big: Capstone spent an estimated $80-$90 million building the 1,300-bedroom, 375-unit complex on 3 city blocks. It opened in 2014 + was later sold to a Singapore firm. --Lots of amenities: 2 pools + hot tubs, 2 gyms, free printing, free tanning, 2 yoga studios, 2 computer labs, 2 saunas, free tutoring --onsite parking in the garage, $25/mo --This listing has a photo of the pool: www.roomster.com/listings/[masked] Not surprisingly, rent is a bit higher than at some other quads, around $629. We will tour an available unit, ask questions, then have some time to chat as we strol to ... 5:30pm Meet at the leasing office of Titan Court, adjacent to LCC Downtown + across from the Eugene Public Library at 925 Charnelton. We will be seeing just their model unit, because they are 100% full. Titan Court is a newer multi-story building with a total of 220 quad-bedrooms (and a few larger studio apts) around a central courtyard where activities are held. The building is LEED Gold certified, the highest level of energy efficiency. Rents begin at $570 (including utilities + WiFi); the floor plan we will see rents for $640. There are a computer lab, study lounge + many organized activities for residents, from outings to giveaways. Parking is free (bad public policy for a downtown, transit-friendly location). Amenities: https://titancourt.com/amenities-apartments-for-rent-in-eugene-or A few photos taken at our LCC Downtown tour: www.meetup.com/MicroDwellers/photos/[masked]/#[masked] If folks want to chat afterward, we can go to a nearby inexpensive spot. ______________ OLDER QUADS BY UO Earlier I saw a quad in one of 8 buildings near the UO managed by Capri Eugene (https://caprieugene.com) -- one of the major local quad providers. This quad had a private half-bath off the private bedroom (which in my view would be worth the extra construction expense to broaden the target market considerably). Around $599/mo. Capri quads have a sink and vanity with a mirror in the bedroom, just like the SROs of old. A few photos: www.instagram.com/p/B0_j2UVgNOa Very basic quads are at 1827 Harris, the bargain of them all at $475-$495/mo, managed by Stewardship Rentals (no app fee required) . Photos: www.showmojo.com/l/037f55c07e/1827-harris-street-113-eugene-or-97403 Comparison of rents at various quads: www.caprieugene.com/compare

  • Whitey Lueck's Flaming Foliage TreeWalk - South University Neighborhood

    East 22nd Avenue & Potter Street

    "Time once again for the Annual Flaming Foliage Festival. As magnificent as some of this neighborhood’s trees are, visitors may be surprised to learn that the oldest ones date back only to the 1920s." Our tour guide, Whitey Lueck, has a prodigious amount of knowledge about trees, which he graciously shares on his popular, free monthly TreeWalks from April through October. This is the last one of 2019! Meet under the sweetgums at the southwest corner of Potter Street and East 22nd Avenue. LTD route: 28 You can download a brochure of Whitey's monthly TreeWalks from his website: https://sites.google.com/site/whiteylueck/upcoming-walks-and-talks ____________________________________ A little about Whitey He earned a B.S. in horticulture from Pennsylvania State University, then spent three years in western Europe--Sweden, France, Germany, and Switzerland--participating in self-designed internships as a horticulturist and landscape designer for municipal parks departments, before returning to earn a master's degree in forest ecology at Oregon State University. He taught part-time at LCC for 20 years, while working as a consulting horticulturist and landscape designer. In 2005, he became a part-time instructor for the UO Department of Landscape Architecture. Since 2006, he has organized and hosted the free Nordic Film Series at the UO. He also designed and maintains the water-wise landscaping at The Collegian, the community of micro-studios near the UO where I live. For more delights before or after, you can enjoy the permanent open garden at his nearby home, 2755 Potter: https://sites.google.com/site/whiteylueck/home-and-garden