BY Devin Ream
EUGENE, Ore. — When you drive down Bethel Drive and look down the side streets, it reminds me of my hometown.
It has its fair share of houses that are beat up and some that are nice, but overall people live here.
The train tracks being as close as they are, bring about the feeling of “other side of the tracks” when strolling through. Especially when you go through the side streets.
This is a place where if a few people got together and decided to make this a better place, they could. Or if they wanted to leave it all together because there is too much noise near the tracks they could.
It reminds me of my hometown because it is a place where some feel at home and others may not understand it. It isn’t Hotel California, but it isn’t Death Valley.
Trainsong adds a certain feel once you go to the park and see some of the graffiti that is around. The park looks well maintained and has a nice feel to it.
It seems like this could be an artists playground as long as they put the right things up. Some may say the graffiti is a bad thing, I say it adds culture as long as you can control what goes up.
The people I ran into were very happy to see me that afternoon seeing how it was a nice day out.
Waves, smiles, some laughter in the distance, and the camera shutter sounds all made it a great afternoon.
So after all the things that I had read about this place, it seems that to cure some of the ailments it just takes a little sunshine and timing.
Otherwise, I thing this place has the potential to be something more than what its reputation is now.
It could become a place that has more to offer in the future once the trains are gone.
They already have a small art gallery of graffiti, which people like me enjoy.
Only time can tell the story of the Trainsong community. We know its past and present, but will the future lead to further progress, or will people just leave it?