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Message - Re: CNP - Re: Council Work Session Tonight
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Posted by  Kevin Matthews on May 15, 2001 at 16:13:12:


Dear Peg,

Thanks to you and everyone else for coming out to the work session last night, and contributing to our fine turnout. It sure took them a long time to get around to our issue.

] I'm curious about your definition of "geographic parochialism on the part of the
] flatlanders." My experience in real estate taught me that the "flatlanders" at least
] know the south hills are there. The "Hill people" on the other hand, consider
] everything north of the Ferry Street Bridge as part of the "outback" and really not part
] of Eugene.

Wow! So there's an outback up there. I've always wondered if that bridge really goes all the way across the river... or maybe just to a ferry or something?

;-)

But seriously, I did mean that semi- tongue in cheek. It is just that in my personal experience, the city council discussions often have the northerners objecting to things needed for the southerners, saying, the southerners always just want things for themselves, while at the same time, the southerners actually say, hey, both are needed, let's find a way to do both. The walk and the talk seem to be on opposite sides of the council -- not necessarily among citizens, though!

Real inclusiveness ought to get us past this. One of the great things about working on the Nature project has been the deep and sincere cooperation of people all across the community. We really are in it together, and we really do need to work to protect _all_ the important high priority sites.

This will become even more obvious as the Metro NRS

Best wishes,

Kevin

On 5/15/01 at 3:27 PM, M. Waite wrote:

] Kevin I agree with Tom that being inclusive of all the sites that need to be saved would
] probably get cooperation from all the council. Betty shot herself in the foot when
] she tried to put the Beverly property at the very top of the list. Anything less than
] that and she would have gotten the votes.
] By including all the areas, we will have a much wider base of support which will make it
] easier in the long run.
]
] I'm curious about your definition of "geographic parochialism on the part of the
] flatlanders." My experience in real estate taught me that the "flatlanders" at least
] know the south hills are there. The "Hill people" on the other hand, consider
] everything north of the Ferry Street Bridge as part of the "outback" and really not part
] of Eugene.
] Peg
]
] Kevin Matthews wrote:
]
] > Dear Tom,
] >
] > Well put. The us/them issues surely need to be surmounted.
] >

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