Monday, September 15, 2014
MOST ENLIGHTENED CITY IN AMERICA---EUGENE OREGON
LET ME PROVE IT TO YOU:
They take democracy seriously. Make voting easy and accessible. Boxes like this all around town.
Beautiful Bicycle trails go everywhere--reaching all the way to the next city.
Everybody seemingly has one--These are parked outside their terrific Library--which is worth a separate post on its own.
They have built 4 of these magnificent pedestrian and bicyclist bridges across the Willamette river running through the town.
Here's another---this one popular for late evening music and dancing
They do big-picture planning --bike trails and public parks on both sides of the river.
The Willamette river---much revered--protected--utilized and enjoyed. The green valley it services was the shangri-la that drew the Oregon trail pioneers here.
And along its course hundreds of ponds are preserved as wetlands for wildlife.
Vast tracks of open green space for the public (and wildlife) to enjoy.
Gardens galore along the public trails.
And gardens where you can grow your own vegetables.
Recycling is almost a religion here. They have engineered a system that works--by pricing returns at 5 cents each---enough to make it worth someones time.
And guess what---They have outlawed plastic grocery bags. They will sell you one of these blue reusable ones.
By now you will not be surprised to learn that their city buses are green hybrids.
And here's a neat touch: A mini solar system done in proper proportion---to the scale of 1 to 1 billion.
As you walk along the path you get a sense of our place in the solar system. (earth is the size of a pea)
Ah but friends, I've barely scratched the surface of this city's enlightened practices:
They have a great school---OREGON UNIVERSITY---(with the second ranked football team)
And let me emphasize: NO SALES TAX!!!
SATURDAY MARKET---Whole city blocks of downtown Eugene is made freely available every Saturday to all who would come and sell their stuff and express themselves---from vegetables to baked goods, clothing and even religious ideas---an exciting melange of personalities and products not to be missed.
Friendly youngsters will pump your gas for you all over the state.
City buses will carry your bike for you.
They have created SANCTUARIES for the homeless. Sanctuaries that respect the dignity and real needs of people: Food, clothing, shelter, medical attention, haircuts, showers, lockable storage units, day rooms for relaxation, personal counseling.
Finally, this wonderful city (and state) will humanely LET YOU DIE without needless suffering when your time comes. ( Assisted suicide for the terminally ill)
RANDY PHILOSOPHIZES: Eugene Oregon hints at the benefits of a "WE'RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER" philosophy. This is, politically, a very blue city--it votes democratic. I challenge my Republican friends to name a "RED" city in this nation anywhere near as wonderful as Eugene. The underlying philosophy of "IT'S EVERY PERSON FOR THEMSELVES" can never result in anything but class warfare, luxury behind gated communities and abject poverty on the outside. A bumper sticker says it succinctly:
I asked around for the secret of Eugene's success---one of the more interesting responses was that Eugene is where the Hippies went to live out their lives---and these fine things I've noted are simply the out picturing of their influence.