In the March 29, 2018, issue of the Eugene Weekly, retired Business Oregon regional business development officer Bob Warren writes in a guest viewpoint:
It’s been five years since the Eugene City Council tore down the Eugene City Hall for no apparent reason.
Heading south on Pearl Street from 7th Avenue, you are treated to one of the ugliest sights in Eugene: one full city block of gravel, surrounded by a chain link fence. From a historic building, and functioning City Hall, to what looks like an open pit gravel mine in the heart of our city. Welcome to Eugene.
It’s like the bad old days of urban renewal, when Eugene took the bait and cut the heart out of Eugene. This time around, the council tore down a piece of Eugene’s history and replaced it with nothing. It makes me mad every time I pass by it. …