Seeking Changes in the Jefferson Westside Neighborhood

The easily accessible location and the harmonious environment are the major benefits of living in the Jefferson Westside Neighborhood, but people are also hoping and seeking changes that happen in the Jefferson Westside Neighborhood, according to residents of the Eugene neighborhood.

Aaron Chester, who moved to the JWN eight years ago, and he owns three businesses in Eugene.

“I guess I would like them to be less hesitant towards change that I think smart change and progressive attitude toward what’s going would be amazing,” Aaron Chester said. “I mean that so many people want to keep it exactly like it is and that could be detrimental to everything because it can’t exactly what it is. It has to change one way or the other either for the positive or the negative. I think if you not changing at all and then it’s going towards the negative.”

Chester is the owner of three businesses in Eugene, and two of them are in the Jefferson Westside Neighborhood. He and his family moved to Eugene eight years ago in order to provide a better living environment to raise his kids since Eugene had been recommended as one of the most suitable places to live in the U.S. and he finally chose the Jefferson Westside Neighborhood after looking around Eugene.

“I think it’s kind of nice combination of longer term residents and college. It tends to be a pretty family and friendly neighborhood,” Chester said, “I kind of like the ratio of business to residential; what I like about it is the proximity to the center of downtown, [it’s] kind of being in the middle of Eugene.”

Alexander Friedman, a student of University of Oregon, like coming to Perk coffee and Espresso to study in the morning.

Alexander Friedman, a student of University of Oregon, comes to Perk Coffee and Espresso that is located in Jefferson Westside Neighborhood almost every morning due to his preference of this area.

“This place is awesome, they have fantastic coffee and pretty interesting mix of people that come here varying in ages and interests and it’s got a very friendly atmosphere,” Friedman said. “I generally find that I don’t know why I study here, it’s hard to study here the people here are so nice I almost always get like pulled into a conversation with somebody new and I most people here.”

Robin Best, a lady spent her mornings at Midtown Marketplace in the Jefferson Westside Neighborhood. Although she doesn’t live in this neighborhood, she likes it.

Robin Best, a lady spent her mornings at Midtown Marketplace in the JWN.

“I like it that it’s sort of close to downtown and I suppose if you live in this area you can get to a lot of places fairly easily,” Best said, “I like it because it feels like a neighborhood, little stores and shops and things.”

The Jefferson Westside Neighborhood is a few blocks away from Eugene downtown area and the entrance of Highway 126 and 99. It is a content and mellow neighborhood with some small businesses and stores. People are looking forward to see more businesses.

Sean Carroll, who lives and works in the JNW.

Sean Carroll, who has been living in the Jefferson Westside Neighborhood for two years, thinks that Capstone should build the student dormitory in the old Peace Health Medical Center because it will bring a potential growth of the economy in the Jefferson Westside Neighborhood. Carroll also mentioned that some people should try to accept the changes in the Jefferson Westside Neighborhood without too many worries.

For residents like Chester who are seeking the changes in the Jefferson Westside Neighborhood, are excited to see the changes to happen and hope the neighborhood will tend towards a positive future.

“I am a believer in this neighborhood and its potential. I guess I’m excited for the potential I see in it, the fact that change is starting to happen,” Chester said. “I’m excited to see things happening that the holes are finally getting filled and the things are finally getting done. And half of that in my opinion is because the Jefferson Westside area moving east.”

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