Every day it seems that a different apartment complex is going up in West University. The progress and change is evident. Old, worn-down houses are being demolished and in their place modern behemoths are rising. Although this movement seems new, property management companies and private owners have been renovating and …
Kelly, who requested his last name not be revealed, sat on the porch on Monday at the White Bird Clinic on East 12th Avenue. He pulled a hat over his ears that he had just received from a woman sifting through the bin marked “Free Box” to the left of the front door — the bitterly cold air was slicing through his shoulder-length hair and burning his ears.
According to the Lane County Parole and Probation Services, there are more than 200 parolees and probationers in the campus area. Even without those who are not on parole or probation, there are still many offenders who are caught and released before they can even be tried.
Spring time is approaching, and it’s surprisingly stressful. Don’t be fooled by the sunshine and the always-looming summer break — for many students, spring is the time to apply for jobs, finish up those scholarship applications you’ve been putting off and to finally start looking for housing for next year.
“Necessity is the mother of invention,” City of Eugene Chief of Police Pete Kerns said. “I don’t even know yet what we might invent. I think working harder and harder isn’t necessarily the answer, though. We need something new.”
The eastern border of the West University Neighborhood is the western border for the University. Many residents in the area are students of the University, making the West University Neighborhood an essential part of the University experience, whether it adds or subtracts is up for debate.
A female University student reported being sexually assaulted multiple times at about 1 a.m. Saturday morning.
The West University Neighborhood, which runs from Pearl Street to Kincaid Street and from Franklin Boulevard to East 19th Avenue, is Eugene’s hotbed for crime. It is such a hotbed, in fact, that the Eugene Police Department deployed a West University Public Safety unit, complete with officers and crime prevention specialists dedicated to helping inform and educate student renters on their rights and how they can protect themselves.
The popularity of the West University neighborhood for college students necessitates adapting to your environment. These items will make your next year go just that much smoother.
In Deborah Bloom’s article, many citizens complained about the noise and the fact that these modern apartment buildings do not fit in with the character of the neighborhood. Change can be bothersome to those who already have roots in the neighborhood, but on both accounts, get over it.
As enrollment grows and the University continues to expand, students seeking to live close to campus pack more densely into the surrounding neighborhoods — with far-reaching impacts.
A local developer pressured and paid students to end leases early so it could reap an estimated $1.5 million tax break on a multistory apartment development.