The most commonly mentioned problem in the Jefferson Westside neighborhood is all the vagrants and homeless who reside or at least spend time in the area.
The manager of Laughing Planet Cafe, Ross Arce, had much to say on the subject.
“They’re the worst part of the neighborhood,” said Acre. Acre says his business has had many run-ins with vagrants in the time Laughing Planet has been in the Jefferson Westside area, from calling CAHOOTS to deal with unruly vagrants to finding pipes or syringes in the bathroom. Arce says that although they are a problem, there isn’t much they could do as vagrants mostly stay on public property and mentioned that almost everyone in the area at least acknowledges that the large amount of homeless people are a problem.
At the Fisherman’s Market down the street, the story is slightly different. Chris Bent, an employee of the market, says the homeless and vagrants aren’t as much a problem for them. Bent says they haven’t had anyone going through their trash, although there are normally a few vagrants loitering around near the store.
A worker at Sweet Life Patisserie shared a similar sentiment shared a similar view as Bent and Acre. Julia Holtzman says that although vagrants can get out of hand, Sweet Life tries its best to be kind and help them. According to Holtzman, many of those who cause trouble for the businesses in the neighborhood likely come there due to Jefferson Westside’s proximity to the railroad that runs through Eugene.