Where can you buy the last 340,000 square feet of riverfront land in Lane County for $7.95 per foot? Eugene. Get it directly from the Eugene city councilors who brought you your new zero-story City Hall. Pay them $2.4 million and they will give you $7.5 million in infrastructure improvements to make the land worth $50 to $60 a square foot just like the non-riverfront land yards away on Coburg Road. If you sweet talk them and put up with their micro-managing you can even earn a 10-year tax wavier to ensure great profits.

Funding this madness are the two tax-siphoning urban renewal districts, and city councilors who never had to run a private business. Logic says the planned 75-unit low-income housing could be 225 units if not built as a high rise that currently exceeds $400 per square foot to build. Be visionary, sell the land for full value, bank those funds and start building low-income housing on less expensive property.

Bob Macherione, Eugene