By: Rachel Ibanez
EUGENE, Ore.- Jefferson Westside Neighbors, a beautiful and family friendly neighborhood in Eugene, has many schools and community venues in the area. Many people are involved with the JWN for different reasons; some come to work or to reside, while others choose to simply have fun.
Nicki Miles, a North Eugene resident and business owner, goes to The Rink Exchange with her daughter twice a week. Although she and her family don’t live in JWN, they appreciate the area. “We love how laid back it is and we love the diversity of the people and everybody seems to be really friendly,” she said. Like other residents of Eugene, some complaints Miles has are regarding the unorganized transportation of the area, especially the one-way streets.
While Miles has issues with the roads of Eugene, some community members find them to be a benefit of living in the area. Dan Reyhle is the store manager of Pro Sound & Video. “There’s not too much traffic. It’s easy to get everywhere,” he said. While many residents choose to live in JWN for the communal aspects, Reyhle believes that the relations between residents of Eugene needs improvement. “I think that the town of Eugene could be improved if there was a little more integration between the town itself and the university.” he said. He continued to mention that the locals and the students make up different “scenes” of the community and if they came together, Eugene would be a better place to live.
Rachel Moreno, a biology student living in JWN, likes the area but is concerned about the number of break-ins. While a neighborhood watch program has been put into place, Moreno thinks the biggest area of improvement lies with the crime rate. However, Moreno, like a lot of other JWN residents, seems to be involved with the community. “What I like about it is all the stuff around it, like I volunteer at a couple of places,” she said.
Jefferson Westside Neighbors is a neighborhood that has many benefits; a thriving community, small businesses and happy residents. However, JWN is no utopia and changes could be made.