Jefferson Westside Interviews

It makes sense the Jefferson Westside neighborhood is so calm once you meet the residents. Reflecting the quiet neighborhood, almost everyone is friendly and ready to talk about their neighborhood and there aren’t many complaints.

Diego Evangelista enjoys a sunny day in the Monroe Park

Diego Evangelista enjoys a sunny day in the Monroe Park

Diego Evangelista was spending time relaxing in the park when he was interviewed. Evangelista lives in the Jefferson Westside neighborhood and really doesn’t have any problems with it. The only real improvement Evangelista could decide on for the neighborhood would be an increase in the number of local markets in the area. Although there are already a few, such as the New Frontier market, Evangelista feels some more markets would be a pleasant addition. As much as Evangelista likes Jefferson Westside, he does wish there were less “immature people” as he put it. He feels that for all the great people in the neighborhood, there are some who aren’t interested as creating a pleasant environment.

Vicki Morgan relaxes on a park bench.

Vicki Morgan relaxes on a park bench.

Although she doesn’t live in the neighborhood, Vicki Morgan does enjoy relaxing at the Monroe Park in Jefferson Westside during her lunch. Her main reasons for choosing the Jefferson Westside are how relaxed it is, all the greenery and the people. The only real improvement Morgan could think of was that for all the dog owners which come through Monroe park, a non-negligible number of them don’t pick up after their dogs, leaving the park a minefield of sorts.

Chris Peters works in Pacific Winds, a shop in the Jefferson Westside neighborhood. Like the other people interviewed, his view of the area was largely positive. The things he likes about Jefferson Westside as someone employed in it are how much foot traffic come through the area and how there’s a “destination point” where most of the businesses are grouped. Peters feels that the neighborhood as been improving a good amount in the recent past, with more businesses coming in every little while, and more to come in soon. In some ways echoing the criticisms that Evangelista raised, Peters mentioned his one problem with the neighborhood was the people, in particular, the number of transients who come through.

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