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Eugene Launches "Placemaking" Initiative Downtown

Rachael McDonald

The City of Eugenewants to make its downtown public spaces better. It’s launched a “place-making” initiative which seeks the community’s input.

Eugene is working with a New York City non-profit, “The Project for Public Spaces”, which specializes in community engagement to help with project planning.  The focus is on the Park Blocks, the Plaza at the Hult, Kesey Square and the Library Plaza. Sarah-Kate Sharkey is with the City of Eugene.
 “It’s really important for us to be able to attract people to live, work and play downtown and having a healthy, vibrant downtown affects everything about our city, the economic prosperity for the whole region and we really want it to be a thriving core for all of Eugene.”
In 2021 the World Track and Field Championships will come to Eugene. Sharkey says that’s a chance to showcase the city and its public spaces on an international stage.
The city is holding pop-up events for people to come share feedback Thursday at the plaza at the Hult Center and Friday at the LTD Bus Station. Both events are from 4 – 7 p.m.

Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s host for All Things Considered on weekday afternoons. She also is the editor of the KLCC Extra, the daily digital newspaper. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000.
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