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The six-foot model of Medford with moveable wood blocks depicting buildings might evoke memories of kindergarten. But Gerardo Sandoval and James Rojas use the model as a tool for conducting public outreach because it allows residents to interact with their city in a personal way, which helps planners gain insight to changes people want in their neighborhoods.

By Nicole Ginley-Hidinger

Medford currently has ninety-nine neighborhood watch programs. They need two hundred fifty.

Neighborhood watch volunteers assist the city’s 105 sworn officers by taking note of what is happening in and around their community. For example, recently a Neighborhood Watch team identified drug activity in their neighborhood.  One of the subjects was wanted for an outstanding warrant. The volunteers kept watch and reported when the man was in their neighborhood so that the Medford Police Department could make the arrest. 

Leading urban designer and architect Stellan Fryxell joined SCI at the University of Oregon for three days at the end of February.  As part of his Expert in Residence visit, he conducted two public lectures and receptions at campuses in Eugene and Portland, and participated in a round-table discussion with students, hosted by the American Institute of Architects and American Society of Landscape Architects student chapters.

By Nicole Ginley-Hidinger

   Open space can be almost anything: parks, natural wetlands, riparian areas, which is the surrounding land around waterways, even golf courses can qualify. In fact, Oregon law states that open space is “any land area so designated by an official comprehensive land use plan adopted by any city or county.” In other words, open space is anything designated as open space. It’s fairly broad.

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