Sebastopol was recently treated to an inspiring presentation by a couple of folks from City Repair, a Portland nonprofit that is spawning similar groups across the country. I wanted to run out and paint the intersection closest to my house in hopes of slowing down the drivers who tear around the corner without even looking. Painting the intersection may be a ways down the road, but I’ve managed to get my family interested in creating a cob bench on the corner–my son is especially interested in playing in the mud. We’d sacrifice a little of our lot, but it’s not a corner that we particularly use. There are some beautiful examples in Portland (and a nice local example of a cob bench at the Occidental Arts and Ecology Center (OAEC) — not coincidentally the same ones who sponsored the City Repair talk). Next will be enlisting some neighbors and friends, creating a plan, and locating some good clay.

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