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The Whit: Times They Are A Changin’

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EUGENE, Ore. — The Whiteaker neighborhood has a completely different look and feel to it compared to most neighborhoods in Oregon. That uniqueness has always been a point of pride for the people who live there.

But some wonder if recent changes to the landscape are sucking some of the flavor out of the neighborhood. We look at both sides of the debate.

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  1. mick says:

    The Whiteaker is being ruined by the sizable homeless population that includes many children who are addicted to meth. Until something is done to deal with the homeless population, it is hard to get too excited about the Whiteaker.

  2. Paul says:

    I lived in that area when I was a kid..I went to the school there, roller skated in the basement…I used to play in the wading pool, and used to tye dye shirts at the park during the summer..
    Had a friend when I was growing up that got burned by acid from the old steely ball factory long since gone..
    I once got bit by a German Sheppard I was looking after for the owners during some road construction, and it was just a bad day for both Gus (the dog) and me.
    This was never “A city in a city” it was just a place that I grew up.
    I remember the car lots, by the tracks, Chef Francisco..the Bread store…just allot of it..but it isn’t there anymore, so you can fight change all you want..but it will happen anyway.
    I hear these people that live there now..say that it is their neighborhood…and they don’t want this or that..well it used to be mine too…and no one ever cared what we thought.
    And yes..I still live in Eugene, have all my life. Oh and I am 48 now.

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