Supper Club: The UGB Plan and the Central District of Bend Part 2

In this week’s Supper Club conversation, we focus on the area that could see the most growth under the new UGB plan, which is the Central District between downtown Bend and 4th street. Last week, we looked at what changes could be in store in that area.

This week, we look at how the new development will affect not only the residents in the central district, but also residents across all of Bend.

Thanks to Steven, Moey and Kirk for joining us and a special thanks to our Supper Club sponsor, Selco Community Credit Union for giving us the time and resources to talk about the issues that impact our region every Tuesday night on Central Oregon Daily.

Downtown Businesses and Residents Complain of Uptick in Transient Traffic

Every Bend City Council meeting features a “Visitor’s Section” where anyone is welcome to come up to the podium and speak their mind on an issue for three minutes. Last week a half dozen business owners stepped up to the mic and shared their concerns about an increase in transients in the downtown area.

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan looks at what city leaders and law enforcement are doing to address the problem.

Businesses Suffer Following Winter Conditions

Just when Downtown Bend business owners thought there was a ray of sunshine in what has been a bleak winter, the snow is back and making it difficult for shoppers to navigate their way into and out of the area.

Central Oregon Daily’s Eric Lindstrom joins us from downtown with a look at how the winter storms have impacted the businesses’ bottom line.

Painting is Passion, Meditation, and Therapy for Dee McBrien-Lee

Abstract Artist and co-founder of Red Chair Gallery, Dee McBrien-Lee was featured in our Central Oregon Makers segment. She brought in some of her beautiful paintings and talked about how she gets herself going when she has a ‘block.’  We also talked about Red Chair Gallery in downtown Bend and the artists who are featured there.

 

Support Locally-Owned Businesses

For many small businesses, as much as 50% of their sales come from the last quarter of the year. That’s why “Small Business Saturday” has become such an important part of holiday sales every year. Last year, American Express reported more than 16 billion dollars in sales at small businesses on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

As Eric Lindstrom reports from Downtown Bend, locally-owned businesses in Central Oregon are hoping to get a piece of that growing pie of profits this weekend.