Designing a Better Solution

Creators of The Housing Game offer a serious look at the hurdles to affordable housing
Taking place Oct. 20 and 21, the Bend Design Conference touts itself as a "celebration of design culture in the modern world." This year, that celebration includes an effort to understand—and fix—the affordable and workforce housing shortage that exists in Central Oregon.

That Time I Lived on the Open Streets Route

Open Streets event draws a crowd -- but is a car-free commute realistic for most of Bend?
It was 11 am on Sunday when sign crews arrived to put up a road block near my house, announcing that Bend's 6th Street would be closed for the following four or five hours. By 11:01 am a driver reached that barrier and was promptly told to turn around.

How to Handle the Housing Crisis?

As a UGB proposal is approved by the City Council, Bend 2030 works toward solutions on other parts of the home front
In 2014, Bend 2030 sent out a survey asking locals to weigh in about housing. They received 600 responses from people of all walks of life—many who have had difficulty finding housing.

It's (Almost) Official

Bend becomes a university town
When Roger Lee, executive director of economic development for Central Oregon, drives by the new Cascades campus of Oregon State University, he sees the new construction as a symbol of Central Oregon's future. Some have lamented the change, but with the opening of the new buildings at Bend's Century Drive and Chandler, an academic dream that began 30 years ago is becoming a reality.

From Community Activist to Longtime Mayor

Bend Mayor Jim Clinton looks back at 12 years in office—and to the future
Mayor Jim Clinton chose not to seek re-election this year to a fourth term on Bend City Council. The Source Weekly caught up with him recently to chat about the past 12 years in office, where Bend is today and what the future holds.

In Search of a Cooler River

Deschutes River Alliance files suit against PGE
To the average houseboater dipping her toes in Lake Billy Chinook, the water might feel relatively warm and inviting. Well below the surface, however, the temperatures take a nosedive.

Climate Change Discussion Gets Heated

Bend City Council to continue fine-tuning climate action plan
At last week's City Council meeting, Mayor Jim Clinton asked his fellow council members, "Do you think city government facilities and operations should have a plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions?" They all said yes.


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