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Morning walk

A couple photos from my walk in this morning, of the Guest Cottage and Fir Grove. So beautiful! Read more

BTA bike commute challenge!

Shannon and Santiago are participating in the BTA's bike commute challenge this month! So far Shannon is in the lead but not by much. Read more

New bike racks

We installed our Painters Hall bike racks last week, made from old steam pipe from the Conservatory. They are awesome! And already being put to good use.Speaking of bikes, Portland, just 45 miles up the freeway, is without any doubt Bike City USA. A lot is happening there and it is fun to follow their progress. A recent On Point NPR radio show, "Bicycle culture," featured Heidi Swift, who writes the Everyday Cyclist column for the Oregonian. She also blogs at Grit and Glimmer. Ms. Swift credited the blog of Jonathan Maus, Bike Portland, with being a major catalyst, ... Read more

Moving, slowly, away from cars

A thoughtful New York Times article, Is Happiness Still That New Car Smell?, looks into changing attitudes about cars. Many people are deciding they can live without one, whether because of environmental or financial concerns. The article misses a pertinent point: If you use your car a lot, perhaps a couple trips a day, each trip is not terribly expensive. But if you use your car only twice a week, each trip becomes very expensive. This is because the cost of insurance is the same in both cases, and because of depreciation. The value of your car goes down ... Read more

Oregon cities are among the “Best Green Places” (Salem is #16)

Country Home magazine has put out their second annual Best Green Places list. They “analyzed hundreds of cities on key points, such as official energy policies, green power, green buildings, and the availability of fresh, locally grown food.” Very interesting: Out of 379 cities, Corvallis is #1, Portland-Vanco-Beaverton is #2, Eugene Springfield is #6, Bend is #9 and Salem is #16. Many other “Cascadia” cities are also high up. That should make us appreciate all the more our little corner of the continent. A comparison of last year's list has me wondering if "locally grown food" is a new consideration. How ... Read more
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