A consultant on Wednesday delivered a blunt critique of downtown Eugene, telling city leaders the public perception that the area is unsafe has reached “crisis level” and is thwarting its potential to become more vibrant.
The city hired New York-based Project for Public Spaces to recommend ways to make downtown’s public spaces safer, welcoming and more active, following the firm’s community outreach and survey efforts. The firm presented numerous concepts for the city’s consideration during the meeting.
Meg Walker, the firm’s vice president and design director, said it has found problems with the homeless in other cities, but the situation in downtown Eugene is at a “crisis level and it must be addressed.”
“I’ve worked all over the country, and many of my colleagues have, (and) I don’t think I’ve seen anything quite this serious.
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