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Getting closer

The photo shows yours truly signing a "mylar" copy of the subdivision plat down at the City of Salem this morning. This a key step on the road to legal status for all the lots at Pringle Creek Community, hence the smile. It's not always easy to do something very creative--but well worth it. The rewards will be all around us as we create one the most sustainable communties in the country!The mylar is the reproducible original plan that is kept at the County Recorder's office. Our Pringle Creek team has been working for two years toward recording the ... Read more

The economic gold of the times

This piece from American Prospect Online, Sustainable Cities: Smart growth is newly fashionable. But what will it take to turn fashion into national policy? touches on issues I think are very compelling (as did this article, where Oregon business leaders described "Sustainability as Oregon's Brand and Niche," written about in this blog post). Peirce is a highly regarded Washington Post columnist on community and development issues.From Philadelphia to Seattle, Boston to San Diego, city officials agree that green urban settings are a critical draw in an era when highly educated, mobile professional workers -- the economic gold of ... Read more

OSU Extension website on sustainability

Go Beavs. Recommended by Sustainable Living Center director, Santiago, check out the OSU Extension Service website Looking for Oregon’s Future: What is Sustainability?, the goal of which is:. . . to promote dialogue among Oregonians concerning the future of our communities, industries, and economy, and concerning the quality of life we want to make possible for our grandchildren.This page from the website is an interesting piece about former Governor John Kitzhaber’s Oregon Solutions initiative from 2000. Read more

New developments at Pringle Creek

Submitted by Don MyersA lot of progress is being made at Pringle Creek everyday. 1) The Village Green is being created even as 2) we prepare to put in the beautiful porous concrete streets of the Village Center. This concrete product (from local environmental innovator, Scott Erickson) will function ecologically like our pervious asphalt. It will also define the urban Village with a material that is more like a plaza or patio than a residential street. This is just a small example of the thought and passion that go into every decision here at Pringle Creek. 3) Unique street ... Read more

A worldchanging website

The Library has added a really impressive website to its “selections.” The site was brought to our attention by James Meyer of Opsis Architecture, Pringle Creek “Master Architect and Planner, Building Regeneration and Commercial Mixed-use Architect.” In other words, to imagine Pringle Creek without James's input is to start over.Oh, yeah, the website. It is: WorldChanging: Tools, Models and Ideas for Building a Bright Green Future.Interesting, a website with a long subtitle. Perhaps inspired by Borat.Anyway, WorldChanging.com, whose publisher is Leif Utne, son of the founder of Utne Reader, a progressive magazine from way back, . . . works ... Read more
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