EUGENE, Ore. – Students seldom venture past the confined area of east, south, north, and west campus. On April 8, 2014 I did just that. I traveled to Jefferson Westside Neighbors neighborhood and what I encountered was different. Instead of loud college students, there was a mother walking her son to school. Instead of a plethora of bikes crowding the streets, there were buses dropping kids off at home. Instead of trying to play catch up in the fast moving lifestyle of campus life, I was trying to slow down and live the way the people in this neighborhood did. These people don’t go to parties every weekend. These people don’t worry about when the next season of Game of Thrones will release on Netflix. These people have other worries. They work. They have spouses. They have lives.
It was then that I realized that this is where I do not want to be when I “grow up”. The neighborhood is great. Churches align every street corner. People are out in their yards playing with their dogs. Children are helping their fathers wash the car. It was all great. But that’s not where I want to be. I want to be in the city living life to the fullest.
Going forward I want to hear the stories of the people in JWN Neighborhood and see what life in little old Eugene is really like.