JWN: Cruisin’

By: Bryan Cargill

Entrance to the Ice Center

Entrance to the Ice Center

EUGENE, Ore. – Numerous churches, construction, and an ice rink are trademarks of Jefferson Westside Neighbors. Our trio, scoured the land as we drove and walked the area between 7th to 18th, and chambers to lawrence, in search of possible news stories.

This particular area of Eugene reflects a special sense of community. With a variety of churches, day cares, and family parks, the community has plenty of grounds to grow in a safe and welcoming environment.

Lutheran Church

Emmaus Lutheran Church

Certain residents are well aware of the need for effective use of energy, as well as save money with the installation of solar panels on their roofs. We had the opportunity to speak with a local about their solar panel roof; a story that readers can look forward to reading in the future.


Resident’s Roof Solar Panel



As we continued to traverse the land, we came across various construction sites along roadsides, which can only mean one thing – new roads. The fresh shiny asphalt led us to believe that the local government is wisely using tax dollars to provide various services for the community. However, this story can only be uncovered with some concrete evidence.

Venturing past some of the construction sites, we stumbled upon the community Ice Center. Managing to disguise ourselves like a group of suspicious college students by photographing the outside and attempting to open the doors, we inspired the owner to approach our party. Score, we landed a source!


Roadside Construction

Eventually we met the outskirts of our area when we came face to face with the freeway entrance. Finishing up a beautiful day, nothing was more satisfying than an original cheeseburger from Five Guys.



Freeway Entrance


About bryancargill

Bryan Cargill is a student at the University of Oregon pursuing a degree in journalism with a focus in videography, and a minor in multimedia. When not working at the University of Oregon Student Recreation Center as a graphic artist and videographer, he can be found with a camera making a short documentaries, music videos, or simply capturing the moment. He also enjoys his position as the content developer and videographer for the non-profit, SmartRoots, which focuses on the empowerment of children through sustainable education. Cargill’s hobbies include videography, photography, playing guitar, biking, digital art and learning about innovative forms of alternative energy.
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