Getting to know Harlow/Cal Young Neighbors

By Dylan Coleman

Eugene Bike Path along Willamette River

The Harlow neighborhood is bordered on the North by Beltline Hwy, on the east by Interstate 5, the Willamette river borders it on the south side and on the west side is bordered by Coburg Rd.  The Cal Young neighborhood is Eugene’s largest community with 14 percent of Eugene’s population living there.

Residents and businesspeople could only rave about the neighborhood that they either live or work in. Nestled into the neighborhood is the sixty-second best golf course in the United State the Eugene Country Club. The Country Club has been around since 1899 although it has moved from college hill to Country Club Rd. Stacy Engel an employee who grew up in the neighborhood had this to say about what she liked, “I like the businesses that I know of, the neighborhood is clean. But if Engel was to change anything she said, “I would like more variety of businesses.”

If you drive down Country Club Rd about 2 miles you’ll come across the Oakway shopping center. Hidden on the backside of the shopping center is the Eugene Running Company which has been named number one in Oregon and third in the Northwest for specialty running, walking store ratings.  Jeff Drouet an employee with the running company said, “I like this neighborhood because it contains where I work, I also like the park across the street.” When asked about what he would change Drouet said, ” I don’t really think about this stuff” then explained that since he doesn’t live their he doesn’t get to involved in the complaining.

The Willamette River sits right on the border for the neighborhood actually acting as the border. Along the river runs a bike path that stretches all the way from Springfield to the Vally River Center. Autzen stadium sits right along the bike path and across the street from Autzen is the Alton Baker dog park. The park is fenced and is always filled with dogs and owners.

Leslie Rutenberg a Graduate Teacher for the University of Oregon was spending her morning with her dog. Rutenberg has lived her since February said,”I love how quite and mellow the neighborhood is compared to campus where I work.” Rutenberg also said that if she could change anything “I would take Wondering Goat and Kiva grocery store and put them closer over here.”

The Harlow/Cal Young neighborhoods have a lot to offer but it’s beauty is what the residents can’t stop raving about.

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