Repurposing a Church for a Food Hub
As folks are thinking about the Mercado/Hub concept for Portland Road as well as prospects for reusing the Jason Lee Memorial Methodist Church on Winter and Fairgrounds, the example of Sprout! Regional Food Hub in Springfield might make for a very interesting comparison.
|Sprout! Regional Food Hub|
is in the former First Christian Church
in downtown Springfield
|In the deconsecrated sanctuary, the Springfield Farmer's Market|
(via SW Oregon Architect)
Bus Rapid Transit
|Double dedicated lanes for EMX in median on Pioneer Parkway|
|EmX lanes in median on Franklin Boulevard near UO|
|Eugene and Springfield, 1910 (USGS)|
The EmX system has been going for almost a decade now, so maybe you will have used it and know all about it already. It uses longer articulated buses and on a Sunday they were well used, though not completely full. (More history on it here at wikipedia.)
Just a couple of blocks from the downtown Springfield transit center is the Royal Building, completed in 2007. It is a project of St. Vincent de Paul of Lane County and offers 33 one-bedroom apartments for those making 50% or less of area median income. It also has 4500 square foot of commercial ground floor space.
|St. Vincent's Royal Building|
in Springfield, near transit, with ground floor retail
Architectural Style and Building Context
A couple of other architecture moments seemed worth registering.
Back in 2002 Eugene approved a new downtown fire station. Station 1 opened in 2005, and unlike the Brutalism of some of Eugene's 1970s and 1980s urban renewal projects, the station was designed in a "half-modern" or "transitional" style by Pivot Architecture.
|Eugene's newish Fire Station, a half-modern style with brick|
When we think about ways we might want our Police Station to look, this half-modern idiom offers something that looks obviously new, but does not clash with historic, streetcar era forms and styles. Some might say that it is too conservative and dull, but it does offer an idiom that bridges old and new without jarring or excess. Our City Hall's Brutalism was a more "up-to-date" style when it was conceived, but now most of us don't like it and wish it had been designed in a more dull, more conservative mode. That building probably would have remained more useful today.
A lot of the public art in Eugene is tile or metal affixed to buildings as decoration.
|Art at Fire Station - "The Wind and the Waves"|
An example of clashing was the ostentatious, maybe even vulgar, form of the Lillis Center next to a group of Ellis F. Lawrence's earlier buildings in the University of Oregon's Business Complex. Yuck. Even with brick and stone flanking it, the glass atrium and giant O totally overwhelm the delicacy of the other buildings.
|Lillis Business Complex is jarring architecture,|
doesn't play nice with Ellis. F. Lawrence's older buildings,
Anstett Hall (Commerce Building) of 1921 on right
Just a couple of blocks off campus, there were some more recent bike facilities of minor interest.
On Alder there was a two-way bike lane for north-south travel on the west side of campus.
|Two-way bike lane on Alder at 13th|
|Contra-flow bike lane on 13th at Hilyard|
The contra-flow facilities didn't have barriers or much in the way of separation.
In total they seem like meaningful increments, but they didn't seem to hang together as a system. They seemed more ad hoc in nature.