Fairmount

            From walking around the Fairmount neighborhood, which is actually very large as it streches from Willamette River south to 30th Avenue and from Agate Street to the eastern edge of Eugene, I noticed the mixed demographics of the neighborhood. Of course because of the proximity to the university, a lot of the houses have been converted to apartment or bought by rental companies looking make a few bucks off university students, but I was amazed at the number of older couples who have retained their residences, even though they are often surrounded by 19 to 24 year olds attending the university.

I was particularly struck by how little activity there is on “average” (weather-wise) while a “nice” day yields a multitude of families and college students out and about around the neighborhood. Popular spots like Prince Puckler’s Ice Cream; McMenamin’s on 19th Avenue, and Track Town Pizza attract large crowds and fill the sidewalks with students and families. On a sunny day the outdoor seating at every café and restaurant are filled and lines are literally out the door at both McMenamin’s and Prince Pucklers.

            Prince Pucklers Ice Cream serves, what I would call, the best ice cream in Oregon. The ice cream is homemade on the premises of the store, which sits at the corner of 19th Avenue and Agate Street, just two blocks from the University of Oregon campus. The Eugene City Bakery, a small bakery and coffee shop sits along side Prince Pucklers and seems to benefit from the spike in traffic caused by Prince Pucklers. The Bakery has a number of different breads and pastries, along with the usual selection of coffee products, but my favorite part of the bakery are the sandwiches, specifically the smoked salmon and cream cheese on fresh herd bread, which I especially enjoy.

            Across the street from Prince Pucklers is one of the higher end, but tastier restaurants in Eugene. Beppe and Gianni’s Trattoria serves traditional Italian food in an intimate environment that is popular with a good portion of Eugene. The restaurant comes to life just as the sun begins to set and the crowds start to dissipate from Prince Puckler’s door.

            The 19th and Agate intersection sits in the middle of the neighborhood and provides entertainment and basic shopping needs for the neighborhood. Tom’s Market, which sits diagonally across the street from Prince Pucklers, provides basic grocery needs, and also beer and wine for the entire student population of the Fairmount neighborhood.

            From walking around the neighborhood, which is actually very large, I noticed the mixed demographics of the neighborhood. Of course because of the proximity to the university, a lot of the houses have been converted to apartment or bought by rental companies looking make a few bucks off university students, but I was amazed at the number of older couples who have retained their residences, even though they are often surrounded by 19 to 24 year olds attending the university.

            Basically this little intersection, with a few restaurants and the only traffic light in the neighborhood (off of Franklin Avenue) provides for the needs of the Fairmount neighborhood.

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