Discovering Oxford: Then and Now

My small town roots drew me to a hefty arty book about the people in Oxford, Iowa, population 705.  But it was my love of a good story that kept me glued to The Oxford Project. In 1984, Peter Feldstein photographed 670 Oxford residents (the population then was 676) and displayed the 4×5 black and … Continue reading “Discovering Oxford: Then and Now”

Meet your new City Librarian

Everyone is invited to an open house to meet new City Librarian Susan Hildreth from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 7, in the Microsoft Auditorium at the Central Library. Stop by any time during the open house to visit with Hildreth and enjoy refreshments! There will be a brief program at 2:30 p.m. … Continue reading “Meet your new City Librarian”

Scooters scream into mainstream

There’s a meteoric rise in scooter use since gasoline jumped the $4 mark.  I’ve been scooter commuting since 2002 and I’ve got a lot more company these days. Scooter registration is up 33% over the period June 2007 to June 2008 in King County. Fuel costs for your car range between $1200 -$4200 per year. (That’s the difference between a 1984 … Continue reading “Scooters scream into mainstream”

Frances Moore Lappé and Local Food Policy

My local eating adventures have led me to think about issues such as who has access to local food, how housing developments are eclipsing nearby farmland and if another flood like the one in Lewis County is apt to destroy more farms and dairy herds anytime soon.  I’m certainly not the only one. For decades Francis Moore Lappé … Continue reading “Frances Moore Lappé and Local Food Policy”

Gentrification and the Arts

If you have picked up this year’s Seattle Reads novel, The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears by Dinaw Mengestu you’ve had a chance to get one novelist’s take on some of the issues and pressures that can fracture a community changing in the face of gentrification and immigration. Facing similar issues, particularly those of gentrification … Continue reading “Gentrification and the Arts”