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August 28, 2014

Searching for balance on aging Cedar Street

by Dave Craig and Debbie Freepons Craig
We live at the end of Cedar Street in the second-oldest neighborhood in Lake Oswego. We are told that iron-ore workers moved up the hill to our neighborhood to escape the smoke and soot from the…
August 28, 2014

Dancing away the stress of daily life

by Gretchen Olson
Life brings a lot of stress to all of us in many areas — family, health, career, friends, etc. The list is endless. It’s harder when the main cause of stress in your life is due to things you…
August 28, 2014

DRC was right: Wizer plan doesn't comply with code or meet…

by Jim Bolland
On Aug. 18, the Development Review Commission adopted findings denying developer Patrick Kessi’s application for a four-story, 207-unit apartment structure. In denying the application, the DRC…
August 28, 2014

Wizer proposal creates a healthy mix

by Maggie Martin
For a total of 40 years, I have loved living in Lake Oswego. With foresight, its people and its many city governments planned for its evolution from “gritty to pretty,” to use Lake Oswego author…
August 28, 2014

Council has chance to set things right

by Vidya Kale
Expectations were high. The developer listened and revised the Wizer Block redevelopment proposal by staying within the height and floor limit and designing buildings that complemented Lake View…
August 28, 2014

Council can send out the right vibes

by Beth Levich
A decision to downsize is never made lightly, but even more serious is the decision about where to live. After our decision was made to downsize, we made a very conscious choice to move to Lake…
August 28, 2014

Council should stand behind majority

by Philip Pirrotta
Unlike a developer, the Development Review Commission is not driven by market studies or personal investment. The DRC is driven by the city’s development code and comprehensive plan. Last…
August 28, 2014

What now may become of the Wizer Block?

by Ray Phelps
My wife and I have lived in the city’s Mountain Park neighborhood for the past 37 years, raising six children in a well-managed city with wonderful civic, recreational and social opportunities.…
August 28, 2014

Is your relationship fizzling?You know it's probably your fault

by Mikel Kelly
I’ve been thinking about becoming a relationship advice columnist ever since I received a press release headed, “From fizzle to sizzle: how to reignite a relationship.” Now, this was four full…
August 28, 2014

Council should uphold DRC's decision

by Mary Ann Dougherty
I would like to thank very much the Development Review Commission for its denial of Patrick Kessi’s Wizer Block plan. I would also like to thank very much the editors of The Lake Oswego Review…

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Aug 28, 2014

Readers' Letters

by (none)
Thanks from the ACC Thank you to the Lake Oswego community for rising to the occasion during the week when donations to the “Take it or Leave it Thursday” program at Lamb’s Nature’s Choice…
Aug 28, 2014


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At its meeting on Aug. 11, the Lake Oswego Planning Commission conducted a public hearing on proposed clear and objective housing standards as required by state law. The commission received a…
Aug 21, 2014

Intel's $100 billion investment about much more than jobs

by Editorial Board
The editorial board's view Intel Corp.’s plan to invest $100 billion in Washington County during the next 30 years resounded like an economic thunderclap. And, like a bolt of economic lightning,…
Aug 14, 2014

Watching forests - and living-wage jobs - go up in smoke

by Shannon Winegar
While I was driving a few weeks ago, every direction I looked — north, south, east and west — there were large plumes of smoke rising from the multiple fires burning simultaneously throughout…
Aug 21, 2014

Wizer development hits the 'Sweet Spot'

by Jamieson Grabenhorst
The vocal opponents of the Wizer Block redesign have offered many subjective objections and they have every right to voice their opinions. We do after all live in a democracy where free speech…
Aug 21, 2014

'Village character?' It's all in the code

by Elli McPeak
“When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, “it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.” “The question is,” said Alice, “whether you can make words…
Aug 21, 2014


by Pamplin Media Group
A story in the Aug. 14 issue of The Review was not clear about the entry process for the City of Lake Oswego’s 2014 Photo Contest. To enter the contest, mail or deliver a CD of your photo and a…
Aug 21, 2014

What has Lake Oswego learned from the West End Building?

by Dave Berg
“The worst thing that happens to you may be the best thing for you if you don’t let it get the best of you.” — Will Rogers Last year, I asked, “Has Lake Oswego exorcised its WEB demons?” Over…
Aug 21, 2014

Readers' letters

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Neighborhood in turmoil We have lived on Spruce Street for over 40 years. It is a quiet, safe and peaceful neighborhood, but now it has been turned upside down. The Hallinan area, near Freepons…
Aug 14, 2014

Neighborhood zoning codes, not old platted lots, should guide…

by Wendy McLennan
If you walk through the Hallinan neighborhood near Freepons Park, you’ll find 1028 Cedar Street — a small, yellow home situated on an open, sunny property. Neighbors refer to it as “Ada’s house”…

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