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The first of many

Construction of the first home at Pringle Creek Community has begun! This "cottage home" will be a leading example of green home design. It will be 25% more energy efficient than a typical home built to the current energy code requirements—by using special framing, geo-thermal heating, natural ventilation and other means.This cottage will be featured on the 2007 Tour of Homes, in June. It won’t be too long before one or more of the other types of homes--Row House, Tall House, Side-by-Side, Net-Zero, and Live-Work—will be under construction.Click here to go to a more informative item that is on ... Read more

sidewalk installation

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I resisted leaving my handprint

At this beautiful place we will enjoy our walks. Sidewalks and trails, by the creek, over to the Village Center. In the morning with the pooch, in the evening with the mate. Kids will be able to bike all over the place, including school, safely.This week, North Santiam Paving poured concrete to create more than a thousand feet of sidewalks. These will connect to the greater system of walking trails.And now all of the streetlights are installed. They will be lit up next week. Pringle Creek will be seen in the glow of its streetlights.Don Myers Read more

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
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