EUGENE, Ore – Starting from Interstate 105 extending west toward Chambers St. and from 6th St. stretching north towards the Willamette River is the Whiteaker community. My group and I commenced our exploration of the community at the new skate park at the Washington Jefferson Park. Countless skaters filled the bowls and trick after trick was being performed in front of a large audience of their peers.
The Whiteaker also has a large variety of restaurants that range from southern cuisines such as Papa’s Soul Food Kitchen and Japanese food at Izakaya Meiji Company, which are located right across the street from one another.
The originality of the Whiteaker is also found through its free spirited and eclectic lifestyle. Murals blanket the walls of businesses that display its beautiful, and in some cases controversial, imagination and artistry.