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City of Eugene looking to brighten up Broadway

The city would replace 146 lights between Pearl and Lincoln streets to help improve safety and reduce crime.

Posted: Nov 22, 2019 6:25 PM
Updated: Nov 22, 2019 6:32 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- The city of Eugene is looking into replacing light bulbs along Broadway in downtown Eugene with brighter LED lights.

The city would replace 146 lights between Pearl and Lincoln streets to help improve safety and reduce crime. Lights have already been replaced in Kesey Square, and the Eugene Police Department said they have seen a reduction in incidents.

Downtown Manager Eric Brown with the City of Eugene said he understands the issues on Broadway.

"I hear from business owners, I hear from property owners and residents that if we can light up our streets and make it safe, they're going to be more comfortable downtown," Brown said.

Joshua Lee Rodriguez, who owns Pizza My Cart on Broadway, said he deals with loitering outside his business frequently.

"I've had to carry cheese and dough and step over people that are laying on the sidewalk," Rodriguez said.

Rodriguez said when law enforcement does patrol Broadway heavily, he does notice a difference in his sales.

"My sales went from an average of a $200 day to between $700 to $800 a day," Rodriguez said.

Brown said the city is still in the research phase of the idea and once they have enough data, they can build a case and business plan to install the lights.

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