By Katie Cracchiolo
The Whiteaker is one of Eugene’s most historic and vibrant neighborhoods. Named for Oregon’s first governor, John Whiteaker, this neighborhood is now home to a number of colorful businesses and individuals in Eugene.
Walking down the streets you will encounter a variety of public art displays from paintings, to carvings, to sculptures. The great thing about this art is that it’s where you would least expect it to be, carved into a tree and on the side of the buildings. Sculptures of anything made from everything can be found in the front yards of homes and on the sidewalk grass outside of local businesses.
The Ninkasi Brewery, one Eugene is best known for, is nestled at the edge of this neighborhood. It attracts locals, tourists, and university students and is hopping on any night of the week. Sam Bond’s Garage is another popular destination in the Whiteaker for students and locals. It hosts a variety of musical performances each week and is a place to relax and enjoy the night with friends.
A cold winter’s night doesn’t this community from coming alive. While strolling through the streets on Wednesday night, I encountered a number of people biking, running, and hanging out on the porches of their homes.
The Whiteaker is an amazing display of the creativity and culture that exists in Eugene. It’sthe true freedom of expression that makes this community thrive and come together.