downtown Eugene

La Perla & Cawood

Restaurants nationwide have struggled during the pandemic. La Perla Pizzeria is no exception. The downtown Eugene restaurant announced on their FaceBook page Dec. 14 they will be closing their doors at the end of December. 

  

Karen Richards

A new chapter at the Eugene Public Library starts Monday. Branches have been closed to the public since the start of the pandemic.

 


Karen Richards

Downtown Eugene Merchants hosted four City Council Ward 1 candidates Wednesday. They asked questions on affordable housing, local ordinances, and the homeless.

Karen Richards

With more housing and shopping coming soon to Fifth Street and the riverfront in Eugene, how will people come and go?

Karen Richards

The healthy comfort food of Café Yumm! began in Eugene’s Fifth Street Public Market over 22 years ago. Next year, a new store in the Market District will bring the company back to its roots. 


Aubrey Bulkeley

Eugene-based Smith Family Bookstore will be closing their campus location by the end of October. KLCC spoke with the owner to find out why.


Recorded On: October 4, 2019

Air Date: December 2, 2019

From the City Club of Eugene:

Less than 10 years ago, a giant hole occupied the half block across 10th Street from the Eugene Public Library. It was one of two empty pits in the heart of the business district. Less than 10 years ago, the view from the second floor of 45 West Broadway showed the boarded up windows of the Center Court Building, former home of JC Penny. Behind the windows was a sodden mess. And the inside of 45 West Broadway, though still in use, was not much better.

Karen Richards

The Technology Association of Oregon hosted an open house of Eugene-area tech companies last night (Thursday). The event is aimed at recruiting potential talent, and ties to local higher ed are growing.


Karen Richards

Eugene’s Fifth Street Market expansion is on schedule to open in just over a year. CEO Brian Obie announced its cornerstone tenant today, Nike.


Downtown Eugene to Host 9th Annual Sunday Streets

Sep 18, 2019
Eugene Transportation Department

The City of Eugene will host the 9th annual Sunday Streets event this weekend in downtown Eugene. People are encouraged to come out and walk, ridem and roll in a strip of downtown blocks that are completely closed off from car traffic.

Karen Richards

There’s a sparky new electric vehicle in Eugene, and passengers will soon be able to ride it for free. 


Amy Brenneman / KLCC

A massive project to revitalize Eugene’s downtown riverfront area kicks off on July 22nd.


AmyBrenneman / KLCC

A Close the Camps rally was held in downtown Eugene on Tuesday as part of a national protest of the U.S. policy of detaining migrant children.

Karen Richards

What might Eugene be like years from now, given changes in climate and energy use? A unique, location-based audio adventure explores such questions. It debuts Earth Day, April 22nd.


Karen Richards

Eugene-based Marley's Monsters puts the fun in functional. The company, which sells washable, reusable items, has a grand opening in its new retail and studio space Saturday.


Rachael McDonald / KLCC

Recorded On: September 7, 2018

Air Date: September 10, 2018

Do you feel safe to walk downtown at night? Have you stopped going to dinner or a movie out of fear? Are you concerned about going to your car after work? Does the perception match the reality of the statistics? How have the business owners been impacted? Has the economic vitality and growth of Eugene been affected?

Rachael McDonald / KLCC

Eugene’s Police Chief says residents and business owners need to find the courage to reclaim the downtown.

Eugene Police Department

Investigators with the Eugene Police Department are looking for help identifying three suspects in the shattering of a window at Eugene Toy & Hobby. 

Recorded On: June 15, 2018

Air Date: June 18, 2018

Downtown Eugene will see a $60 million development begin this year. The expansion of the 5th Street Public Market will replace a parking lot with an 82-room boutique hotel, a 113-unit apartment building, and a three-story retail and office complex.  It will be built on land owned by Lane County, and leased to Obie Companies.

Casey Barrett, Vice President of Obie Companies, visits City Club of Eugene to give an update on the proposed expansion and lay out the plans.

Copyright KLCC, 2018

Brian Bull / KLCC

Downtown Eugene will see a $60 million development begin this year. Today, developers and partners unveiled an expansion of the 5th Street Public Market, that’ll replace a parking lot. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.

Rachael McDonald

The City of Eugene is installing “smart” parking meters downtown where parking has been free.

Rachael McDonald

Eugene’s ban on dogs in the downtown core expires Wednesday (November 1st). 

Enlivening Eugene with Playable Art

Jul 6, 2017
Photo by Ben Klipfel

The city of Eugene is installing two public pianos, to be artistically enhanced by Jessilyn Brinkerhoff and Mija  Marie, and playable by anyone. Mija Marie and Mindy Linder from City of Eugene Cultural Services speak with KLCC’s Eric Alan about enlivening downtown with playable art.  

Rachael McDonald

The City of Eugene is making changes to a major street downtown that intersects Saturday Market. The goal is to improve safety and a sense of connection between the park blocks.

WCN 24/7 / Flickr.com

A man who tried to calm down a mob of teenagers as police broke up a confrontation is in “serious condition” according to Eugene police.  

Brian Bull / KLCC

A $3 million fiber network project for downtown Eugene was announced today.  As KLCC's Brian Bull reports, it’s hoped that the development will boost commerce and communications significantly.  

Rachael McDonald

Law enforcement personnel all over Oregon are participating in “saturation” patrols for intoxicated drivers. The City of Eugene is trying to make it easier for people out drinking downtown to get taxis so they’re not getting behind the wheel.

Flickr.com's Alisa Cooper

Daylight saving time happens early Sunday.  Many will sleep through the transition, but if you’re tending – or hitting bars – the rollback from 2 to 1-am means another hour…another round.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.

Brian Bull

Eugene Police have stepped up their presence in the downtown, particularly in the Park Blocks area.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.  

www.lanecountyfarmersmarket.org

Fresh, local produce has been a fixture in downtown Eugene since 1915. The Lane County Farmers Market celebrates its 100th anniversary this weekend.

It used to be called the Eugene Producers’ Public Market, but it originally opened in the same space it occupies today: 8th Avenue and Oak Street. Today the Farmer’s Market includes more than 85 growers, and has incorporated the wintertime holiday market, and Tuesdays and Thursdays in the summer. Carrie Swarts is the Market Manager. She says the long-term dream is for an indoor-outdoor space at the Park Blocks:

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