The Cal Young Neighborhood is not only the largest in Eugene but it also one of the most diverse. With just about everything to do from shopping to eating to watching movies, the area boasts some of the best entertainment opportunities in the city, it also has the widest but the real stories about what makes this neighborhood appealing is the neighbors themselves.
“Refrigerator relationships, when you know someone well enough that they can come over to your house, open your fridge and eat whatever they want,” says Holly Anderson, “We have great neighbors who have become friends, we can name the folks who live across from us, beside us, up the street.”
Anderson her husband Cory and their three boys, JJ, Jackson and Cooper enjoy being able to walk to school every morning, walk to the playground around the corner and are looking forward to enjoying the late night movies Friday Nights at Crescent Village. “I only wish there was a convenience store I could walk to.”
The area doesn’t lack in shopping or grocery stores, however it does lack in convenience for many of the residents who don’t live near those essential amenities it means they must get into their vehicles and drive.
“There is only one bus route now, (so) people with any physical limitations are challenged by long distance to amenities,” says Cal Young Neighborhood Association President Tonya Spears. Lane Transit District serves the area with half of the routes that it used to have, which has caused some stir in the neighborhood and little response from LTD.
But access hasn’t stopped the area from growing. Development has been a strong suit for the Cal Young Neighborhood; with two new shopping centers being completed along Coburg road in the past year as well as continued development at Crescent Village and a newly proposed planned community for an empty lot on Goodpasture Island Road.
The development is exciting for some but concerning for others. “My biggest concern is the infill of development, it’s becoming crowded in some areas and the schools are bursting at the seams,” said Realtor Brent Cole who not only works but lives in the neighborhood. “But I can walk to everywhere from my house, so I love that and wouldn’t trade it for the world.”
While area residents have their concerns no one ever displayed discontent with their neighbors or their neighborhood, “I actually can’t think of anything I would change,” added Anderson, “that must mean I like it here!”