The Gateway area of Springfield, Oregon is a small community that is growing stronger every day. As a result of the area growing, the problems seem to grow as well.
Nikki Henderson works at the Pacific Home Health and Hospice in the Gateway Marketplace in Springfield but lives over 100 miles away in Coos Bay, Ore. She says that although she does not spend much time in Gateway aside from working she likes, “the accessibility of Gateway,” and adds that, “it’s kind of central to where we go in Home Health.”
Carolyn Stahly has lived in the Gateway area for over 30 years and is currently the CEO of the Register-Guard Federal Credit Union in the Gateway Marketplace. In the time that Stahly has been in Gateway, the area has changed a great deal and she notes that, “it’s easy to get to, easy to leave, easy to run errands, food, shopping, all of those things are really nice.”
Stahly adds that the only thing really missing in the Gateway are is a grocery store because, “for the amount of people who work and live here, that is one of the downsides [to the area].”
Stahly says she loves the area though and that she prefers Gateway versus the downtown Eugene area.
The Gateway neighborhood is appealing to more than those that work there. Brooke Adkins, from Oakridge, exclaims, “I like that it’s cheaper than Valley River!” and says that she comes to shop at the Gateway mall about once every one or two weeks.
Putting the positives aside, all three women agreed that they enjoyed the Gateway area very much but only Henderson and Stahly noted that they had noticed a few downsides to being there.
Henderson says, “there are a lot of homeless people behind the [Pacific Home Health] building,” and hoped that there would be something eventually done about the situation.
Stahly said that because the community is growing so much there is going to be a lot more traffic and hopes that that is something that can be fixed as the area expands.
“At the holiday time, forget about going anywhere, for lunch or anything. It’s impossible to get in and out in less than an hour, even to the mall area.”
Stahly is happy the area is expanding but worries that there will be “way more traffic” once the new tenants for the abandoned Circuit City and Hollywood Video arrive.