The happenings of Jefferson Westside

A look at Monroe park, which was visited by a varity of different residents on the sunny Friday

A look at Monroe park, which was visited by a varity of different residents on the sunny Friday

One of Jefferson Westside's many houses featuring a wide array of Vegitation

One of Jefferson Westside's many houses featuring a wide array of Vegitation.

One of Jefferson's more creative sidewalks

One of Jefferson's more creative sidewalks

This past Friday Jennifer, Maddie and I got the pleasure of exploring and getting familiar with the Jefferson-Westside Neighborhood.  At Jefferson’s north end is a small business district featuring quite a few desert shops, including our meeting place, Sweet Life.
Just south of Sweet Life, near the center of the neighborhood is The Monroe City Park.  On the hot day, which almost felt like summer again, all sorts of people filled the park, from many children making use of the playground to what appeared to be some homeless men taking a nap in the sun.  It also featured a somewhat bizarre modern art sculpture up on a rise in the east side of the park.
The majority of Jefferson-Westside is residential, with older houses and some curiously, but very creatively, designed sidewalks.  The neighborhood is obviously one of the older ones in Eugene, not only because of the old style architecture, but also because of the vegetation.  Unlike some of the newer neighborhoods, such as in south Eugene, that are very open with fewer and younger trees, Jefferson felt very enclosed as we walked through it, its large trees obviously had been there a long time.
It’s easy to see Jefferson Westside is a very diverse neighborhood and not only from the crowd in the park.  Some of the houses had neatly trimmed and up kept lawns while others looked almost like jungles, with huge gardens and random assortments of fruit trees and compost heaps.  The houses ranged from simply wood colored to shades of very bright blue or purple.
We followed the residential part of Jefferson-Westside down to the Lane county fairgrounds, which makes up the southern edge of the district, and back up to its business side.  I look forward to learning more about the history and issues of this district throughout the term and think we made the right choice in choosing this very diverse neighborhood.

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