As part of a series of Downtown projects from Willamette Street to the Willamette River known as “Willamette to Willamette,” the 8th Avenue Streetscape project seeks to make a tangible connection between Downtown Eugene and the Willamette River. In the City's Downtown Plan, community members identified 8th Avenue as a “great street.” As described in the Plan, "Great streets are places people choose to walk along and return to," they are streets that:
- connect special places;
- are safe, convenient and interesting;
- are pedestrian-oriented;
- have retail and other active ground floor uses; and
- accommodate bicycles, slow-moving vehicle traffic, and emergency vehicles.
The Willamette to Willamette plan will link the heart of our evolving city to the river that has shaped our identity, providing a critical connection between the natural and the urban, the two complementary components of our Eugene identity. The project will explore four key elements to create the connection: