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Old 01-31-2012, 11:03 PM
 
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With the gaping holes finally gone, and construction of new offices, LCC, the Broadway Commerce Center and the recently announced apartments buildings, I'm starting to wonder if downtown Eugene is actually coming together. Thoughts?
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Old 02-01-2012, 11:14 AM
 
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I heard and read for a while that downtown Eugene was not the place to go there. Grungy in appearance, druggies and low lives everywhere, and nothing worth doing or seeing pretty much sum up the tales I've heard. So when I visited it last summer for the first time, naturally I had to at least drive through downtown. I was so pleasantly surprised by what I saw that I parked, walked around a bit, and stopped for a bite to eat. Maybe it's because I saw it on a beautiful summer day but the downtown looked clean and pleasantly landscaped. The vast majority of the people looked pretty regular and unassuming as well.

I thought the downtown was nice. I'm glad to see other people think enough of it to move their businesses there. It'd be cool to see it further developed.
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Old 02-01-2012, 12:26 PM
 
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That's great to hear. The problems you describe were a reality only a few years ago. The city has since implemented a law where certain criminals are banned from the downtown area and it's made a big difference in my opinion.
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Old 02-07-2012, 12:01 AM
 
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Did I read recently that they are making the exclusion zone permanent? I really wasn't sure how that was going to fly in Eugene... but it actually seems to be working.

I do hope that downtown begins to blossom. I've always though that Eugene is a lot like the state rock of Oregon - the thunder-egg, or geode. It can look a little rough on the outside, but when you really get to know what's inside it, it's really something special.
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