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What's Up With The Whit?

Recorded on: 7/25 2014

Air Date: 7/28 2014

For many years, the Whiteaker neighborhood was perceived as Eugene’s poorest, most dangerous, and funkiest. But during the past five years, a dynamic growth spurt has brought new breweries, wineries, restaurants, and other businesses to in The Whit. The dizzying pace of change in the neighborhood means new challenges for those who live and work there; they face parking, noise, and other issues related to all the increased activity.

Three neighborhood leaders will share their perspectives on the benefits and burdens of the rapid transformation of The Whit. That Eugene neighborhood needs to find ways to blend the needs of industry, commerce, and the residents to create a robust, harmonious, mixed-use neighborhood.

Nikos Ridge grew up in Eugene, graduated from NYU, and worked on the stock exchange floor before returning to Eugene and co-founding the Ninkasi Brewery in 2006. Ninkasi is currently in the process of opening its new, expanded brewery and executive offices on Blair Blvd.

Kari Johnson is a muralist and artist and a long-time resident who continues her years of involvement with the Whiteaker Community Council and is an active voice for the residents of the Whit.

Sam Hahn grew up in Chicago, but has been working in the Whiteaker neighborhood for nearly 15 years. He is a co-owner of the Blairalley Vintage Arcade, which opened three years ago.

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