Although Eugene is mainly known for the University of Oregon and their sports teams, Eugene’s Jefferson Westside neighborhood remains a small part, but adds a little sweetness to every resident and visitors day.
Many of the local Jefferson Westside residents claim that the best part of their neighborhood is Sweet Life. Aaron Sullivan, who has been a Sweet Life employee for four and a half years, says he loves working there. “It’s like family,” Sullivan said. Sullivan has lived in Jefferson Westside his whole life and is a University of Oregon graduate. Out of everything Eugene has to offer, he says Sweet Life is one of his favorite things. “I also enjoy the diversity of businesses here and the amount of people who care about what they’re doing,” Sullivan said. As far as improvement, Sullivan feels as though there has been considerable growth within the last 10 years. “There has definitely been a decrease in crime and trash, lots of improvement even in the park a block away. I would see needles lying around and it’s not like that anymore.”
Although Sweet Life makes each resident and visitors day, Jefferson Westside residents feel as though there’s a lot that could be improved. Erin Moore and Monet Bloom, both residents of the Jefferson Westside area for about 10 years, feel as though there’s a lot that could be fixed. “I think one of the biggest things that could be improved in this area is the aesthetics. There’s a lot of trash and abandoned buildings that could be fixed up,” Moore said. Throughout this neighborhood there are many different abandoned buildings. For the safety and the aesthetics of the community, residents would like to see something done with the abandoned buildings.
Another big problem in this area, as well as Eugene, is the roads. “The area is kind of ghetto and the roads need some help, they’re pretty bad,” said Shelbie Rife, a Eugene resident for 11 years. When driving down the streets, you have to be prepared for a bumpy ride. Each street is filled with uneven ground and potholes.
Aside from the bumpy roads and the aesthetics of the neighborhood, these residents are still proud to live here.