Slightly Older Campus AKA Downtown Eugene

by Troy Brynelson

Kesey. The Oregon Vagabond was being distributed from this location earlier in the day.

Kesey. The Oregon Vagabond was being distributed from this location earlier in the day.

It wasn’t until I was 21 that I really got to know Downtown. Not entirely sure if that’s later than other students, but it seems normal. That could be because most of my visits banked into the Beermuda Triangle, a truly fitting nickname for the epicenter of shipwrecking drunks on Broadway between Willamette and Olive. Kesey can’t even enjoy his novel it’s so loud.

Broadway and Olive, a convenience story hiding The Horsehead.

Broadway and Olive, a convenience story hiding The Horsehead.

Anyway, it’s not that ID is required for all of Downtown. Burrito Boy and Voodoo and loads of other places don’t have bouncers to keep younger students from enjoying them (but they also don’t have bartenders. Conundrum). It’s just that youngsters and their friends tend to hover around campus and their mini-fridges.

Lane Community College. "LCC" for the youths.

Lane Community College. “LCC” for the youths.

Anyway, downtown is home to the public library, Lane Community College, the bus mall and tons of other potential locations for hilarity, disaster and then inspiration. Bottoms up.

EMX on 10th Avenue, between Willamette and Olive.

EMX on 10th Avenue, between Willamette and Olive.

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