BY Devin Ream
EUGENE, Ore — Trainsong is just another community in Eugene that has seen better days, but also it has seen a lot worse.
The community lies on the edges of the train tracks and highway 99, and some have complained about the noise here in Trainsong, but for others they had bigger concerns.
It has a reputation of being the bad part of town, but to the residents that live here it isn’t as bad as Eugenians make it out to be.
Jon Crawford has been a resident of the community for the last 6 years and said “Some people think that this is the ghetto part of town, but we have police patrol.” The police patrol at least three times a day and will be there if someone phones in a complaint. “Anytime there’s idiots around, they take care of ’em,” he added.
Adam Miller has lived in the Trainsong community for 14 years. He used to be a part of the neighborhood watch, but he said that the 30 members that are now a part of the group meet at the local church, and truly do make this community a better place. “It was really bad when we first moved in,” Miller said. “Then it straightened up quite a bit with the neighborhood watch.”
Troy Hatch is a local business owner that has been on the west side of Trainsong for seven years. After all the things that have gone on in Trainsong he said that the main issues have been money trouble, transient homeless that leave the area in poor condition and drug troubles.
Hatch had something that was a plus for the community: loans. He runs a pawn shop and said “The main thing we do here is loans.” When asked if the loans are paid back at all he said “It’s amazing, but for the most part we do. I’m willing to bet it’s 90 to 95 percent.”
From walking around the community and speaking with the people who work, live, and spend a lot of time here, it is always noted that there are some undesirables, but overall it is a great place to live and work.
It has a really nice park, and money troubles are seemingly something of the past if loans around the area are getting paid. The place needs a little spring cleaning in some spots, but it does have some new greener areas and newer homes in the community.
Trainsong has the potential to become something more than a place of trains and past troubles.