Vibrant Eugeneans

Chloe Shaughnessy

Chloe Shaughnessy

“I pretty much grew up in Eugene, for as long as I can remember I’ve been hanging out downtown. I’ve seen a lot of things arrive over the last couple of years – businesses, the tech scene, restaurants, and new people from all walks of life. It’s been exciting to see our city grow and change in a way that’s been conducive and respectful to these new arrivals. I think collectively we’ve really created a place that people want to be rooted to and that’s something to celebrate.”

Lindsey Hayward

Lindsey Hayward

“When I first moved to Eugene in 2011, my favorite thing to do was explore the city by bike. I was so impressed by the bike infrastructure, but more importantly the community that valued, supported, and worked to improve a strong bike culture. In my current position working with bike share, I feel fortunate to build on that strong foundation and provide new opportunities to get more people on bikes. I am lucky to have a job I love and a community that now feels like home.”

Nick Yarger, Joel

Nick Yarger, Joel

“I feel fortunate to be able to work downtown, especially in a building filled with such rich history. As Creative Director at Revolution Design Group I’m looking for inspiration in everything. It’s great to be in the center of unique shops, awesome restaurants, and even the grit that makes our downtown unique.”

Camille Lively

Camille Lively

“I love Eugene because, even after living there just a short time, it was already the place where everyone knew your name. You couldn’t visit a cafe or the Saturday market or attend a church service without seeing at least one person you knew.”

Ben Tilley

Ben Tilley

“I love the vibrancy of the people of Eugene! Bright, colorful, and unique!”

Aaron Duchateau

Aaron Duchateau

“Eugene in the summer time is motorcycle mecca. Five minutes outside of town I can tear it up on Lorane highway, with banked 25 mph turns that extend into beautiful wine country. Later, when it’s time to meet my friends for a ‘Tech Tuesday’ drink at the Barn Light, downtown motorcycle parking is readily accessible. Motorcyclists in this area are truly blessed.”

Saeed Gatson

Saeed Gatson

“Deciding to move was a big decision. But with a growing family, I knew it was time for a change. Finding a place to settle down and grow roots is important. I’m happy to have chosen Eugene. It’s not only a great place to raise a family, but also has a growing tech community. Which is something I’m interested in. Eugene also has a local vibe that I enjoy. Good things are happening Downtown and I hope to keep making great memories here.”

Jesse Fittipaldi

Jesse Fittipaldi

“Seriously, to find happiness in Eugene quick like; I prescribe volunteering or donating to some of the great organizations in Eugene providing solutions to make life better for our community. Check out McKenzie River Trust, Food for Lane County, Square One Villages, and Bridgeway House.”

Ratie Dangarembwa

Ratie Dangarembwa

“Ink and melodies make me.”

 

Jessica Bobrowski

Jessica Bobrowski

“I remember playing on the fountains at Willamette and Broadway as a kid. We would shop for toys at Jabberwocky and get ice cream at Prince Pucklers. There was also a playground with swings. Downtown Eugene was a really exciting place to visit and play. That feeling of play and fun is definitely back. … This new incarnation of Downtown Eugene is vibrant and totally hitting its stride.”

Joey Thunder and Paige Crawford

Joey Thunder

“My little corner of the earth is fully saturated with beauty and inspiration. There isn’t a day that passes without Paige Crawford making me fall in love with her all over again. There isn’t a night that goes by without Eugene inspiring me in some way, from the food, the people, the gorgeous amounts of trees and wildlife. This is the most beautiful life I have ever known.”

 

Ariana August

Ariana August

“I love Eugene! As a native Oregonian, I feel so lucky to be part of our local agricultural community. … It is one of my deepest joys in life to see your local farmers being celebrated by you, their community. Eugene is, and always will be, an incredibly unique, special place to live. Much love to all of you who make it so.”

 

Craig Wiroll

Craig Wiroll

“Being a young professional in Eugene is amazing. I consider myself to be a socially-active high-achieving weirdo. Eugene allows me to be all of these things without apology. … (Eugene) combines the strong social activism of Portland, but the ease and livability of a smaller community like Corvallis (my prior Oregon homes) to make it the perfect hybrid for a young professional looking to do impactful work and make a difference.”

Anna Leah Kaplan

“A lifelong artist, I moved to Eugene from the East Coast two years ago, leaving a vibrant art community behind. When I came downtown to the Park Blocks to work on a painting for the inaugural ArtCity Studios Without Walls event in June, it was the first time I felt like an artist here, rather than a business owner. Eugene sparkled that night with creativity and community. My goal is to keep the momentum going and help create a space for artists to work, grow and share.”

Randy Nishimura

Randy Nishimura

“I’ve lived in much bigger urban areas but for me Eugene offers everything I could ask for of a city. Like Goldilocks’ preferred bowl of porridge (neither too hot nor too cold but just right), my adopted home is neither too big nor too small. I work downtown and wouldn’t have it any other way. I’m joined by others who likewise flock to the city center to work, play, shop, dine or soak in a little culture. … Downtown Eugene is coming into its own, growing more vibrant, diverse and people-friendly every day!”

 

Jessie Moyer

Jessie Moyer

“I was born and raised right here in Eugene. Living here has given me a constant openness to others as well as a feeling of people caring about one another. This town is vibrant, full of art, and holds so many beautifully kept secrets.  These attributes are what keep me living a wonderful life here in downtown Eugene. To be a part of a community that is so open and progressive is forever inspirational, and it is truly makes this town what it is today.”

 

Parkpoom Aempoo

Parkpem Aempoo

“On a nice day there’s nothing better than going downtown and playing some tunes with your friends. Sharing the appreciation of swing music with a passerby is a fulfilling and sometimes could turn into a full blown sidewalk dance party.”

 

Ada Lee

Ada Lee

“My favorite memory is when we first started our business in town. That was the beginning of continued generosity, support and acceptance from the community of Eugene.”

 

Kelly Keiler

Kelly Keiler

“Nothing like a trip to the library to make a person feel wealthy and in love with the world again. It’s the original search engine, in concrete, tangible form. Anything you want to know, and then some … a title you were not looking for, may speak to you like a message from the universe. Classes, art galleries, internet, music, movies, First Fridays, the maker labs — it’s our municipal gem and the heart and soul of downtown Eugene. Plus, Novella Cafe has the best $1 black coffee downtown!”

 

Angela Norman

Angela Norman

“Eugene has provided me with a very strong sense place — I know who I am in the world because of who I have had the freedom to become here. Being the Market Director at the Lane County Farmers Market is one of my greatest joys. Each week, the Markets infuse our downtown with what our community holds dear — food, farms, art, creativity and ingenuity — and gives folks a way to tap into Eugene’s culture in a very real way. Being downtown on Market days is a way to experience the heartbeat of our town. It is strong, healthy and vibrant!”