Author Archives: Deborah Bloom

The Neighborhood That Could

by Deborah Bloom Today, the Trainsong neighborhood bustles with life, clamoring with children’s laughter and the smell of barbecued hot dogs. Families spread out across blankets, setting up lawn chairs and picnic baskets atop grassy planes. Neighbors hug and relax … Continue reading

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Thanks for an enterprising term

My Enterprise Story — called “The Community That Could” — has been a pleasure to write, and I feel incredibly grateful to have gotten the opportunity to investigative such a tiny, yet complex neighborhood. The time that I have spent … Continue reading

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Commissioned for Compassion

by Deborah Bloom EUGENE, Ore. — It was John F. Kennedy who said, “If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.” For Andrea Ortiz, these are words to live … Continue reading

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Profiling a cultivated source

by Deborah Bloom Nicole Sharette has served as president of the Trainsong Neighborhood Association for a year, and has worked passionately on making Trainsong more of a community, on helping her neighbors to live safe, happier lives. The first time … Continue reading

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Paving the Way for Improvement

by Deborah Bloom EUGENE, Ore. — Neglected. That’s how Trainsong resident Christopher Kulas described his neighborhood, a place with few paved roads, sidewalks, or gutters, where 36 percent of people live below the poverty line. “If you drive a car down … Continue reading

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Media Analysis: Q&A on Depicting Muhammad

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The Internet: Life-Line of the College Student

College students ditch traditional news for World Wide Web by Deborah Bloom News print has lost it value among University of Oregon students, according to a recent survey, and broadcast is not far behind. As new media platforms expand, college … Continue reading

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Trainsong’s Communal Identity on the Rise

by Deborah Bloom EUGENE, Ore. — With a history of pollution, plummeting property values, and crime, the neighborhood of Trainsong has acquired a not-so-savory reputation. But, with a building sense of community, residents say their neighborhood is headed in a … Continue reading

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A Sense for Trainsong

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Media Analysis: “Is Yemen the Next Afghanistan?”

by Deborah Bloom Unlike a traditional news story, Robert F. Worth’s article, “Is Yemen the Next Afghanistan?” published in July’s New York Times magazine, is an enterprise project that explores the trend of Islamic radicalism that is breeding in the … Continue reading

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