At first glance, especially on a gloomy, cold, mid-January afternoon, life in Downtown Eugene seems non-existent. The sidewalks remain empty save for a brave soul bundled in layers, hands buried into his pockets and silently cursing himself for stepping outside. The gray buildings against the even darker gray skies breathe little life from its doors, and brightly lit lonely restaurants and shops await their customers.
Eugene in the winter is an unfair representation of the city, as on bright spring or summer days the Saturday Market bustles with life and hippies, and the streets done happy strollers making their way in and out of the locally owned shops and restaurants. Downtown is the heart of the city, where the Eugene culture and community, business and entertainment, lodging and dining come together.
The Downtown Bus Station, Eugene Public Library, The Hult Performance Center, The Saturday Market, and large array of locally owned and franchised restaurants, bars and shops are just a handful of potentially newsworthy locations and happenings in Eugene. Combine this with the medley population of college students, businessmen, homeless people, families, and hippies and we have a diverse and lively downtown area that will surely provide for newsworthy stories.