Author Archives: Alex Zielinski

Turning Over A New Leaf: The transition to urban agriculture in the Whiteaker

Neighborhood residents put food security into their own hands. Literally. By Alex Zielinski When Lonnie Clark moved from Los Angeles to Eugene’s Whiteaker neighborhood in 2005, she had never encountered produce outside of her local supermarket aisle. Now, Clark has … Continue reading

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Enterprise Update #2

Alex Zielinski My work on the enterprise story has definitely slowed down over the past week, as research papers and equally stressful schoolwork have flown by. However, I’ve still been able to squeeze in some interviews and general research on … Continue reading

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Enterprise Progress Report

I’m feeling relatively confident about my enterprise story, at least at the moment. Last week I had a long and entertaining interview with Lonnie Clark, a middle-aged woman cultivating a massive vegetable garden in her Whiteaker backyard. Origionally from LA, … Continue reading

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Enterprise Analysis: Urban farming a necessity, rather than lesuire, to many

This week I found an enterprise story that covers the same general topic I’m focusing on in my story, urban gardening. Yes! Magazine‘s “We are Farmers Not Gardeners”, by Roberto Rodriguez, may have been written in 2006, but it’s overarching … Continue reading

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A Cooperative Life

By Alex Zielinski When Ember Woodruff’s car broke down in northern California on the road home from Mexico, she wasn’t concerned. In fact, she was almost expecting it to happen. “I’ve always lived in the moment, nothing is very predetermined … Continue reading

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Trainsong Neighborhood Stays Strong, Despite Environmental Concerns

By Alex Zielinski Something’s in the air in northwest Eugene’s Trainsong neighborhood, and it’s not environmental pollutants from the nearby railroad yard. The smallest neighborhood in town, with a neighborhood association less than two years old, is slowly developing into … Continue reading

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Media Analysis: America’s Short Attention Span

By Alex Zielinski This week, I found an article to analyze in an interesting column (The Numerologist) on Salon.com. Written by John Sides, “On Haiti, America’s short attention span strikes again”, studies the brief yet heavy coverage of natural disasters … Continue reading

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High Economic Hopes in the Whiteaker

Community sticks together through recession By Alex Zielinski The recent economic recession has left a significant mark on the city of Eugene, let alone the state of Oregon, leaving many small businesses owners struggling to stay afloat. Even so, one … Continue reading

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Restaurant Review: Mi Tierra Taqueria

By Alex Zielinski Mi Tierra Taqueria is a relatively inconspicuous  restaurant, aside from its “99 cent taco”  neon window sticker, squeezed between an empty auto repair lot and a colorful Mexican market on Blair St. However, based on past experience, … Continue reading

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Media Analysis: “Subways are for Sleeping”

I found an article in a 1956 issue of Harper’s Magazine on @longreads, titled “Subways are for Sleeping“, to analyze this week. The lengthy article, by Edmund G. Love, turned out to be a  intriguing combination of a profile piece … Continue reading

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