Welcome to Downtown Eugene!
Downtown Eugene is the social, economic and cultural heart of our community. It’s where we come to take in a show, engage with local government, or meet up with friends for a coffee or a night on the town. And increasingly, it’s a place where many of us live. Downtown Eugene also produces more tax revenue than any other part of our city (on a per acre basis), which pays for services (like libraries, parks, roads and police) across our community. That said, some of our community’s most vexing challenges are evident in the social and physical environment downtown and it takes innovative partnerships and solutions to tackle them. Together with the private and non-profit sectors, the City of Eugene is addressing these issues and taking action on opportunities in five main areas of focus:
• Public Safety and Social Services
• Physical Improvements
• Cultural Programming and Events
• Economic Development; and
Do you want to learn more about what we are doing in downtown Eugene? Contact Eric Brown, the City’s Downtown Manager, or check out some of the information on this site, including links to our social feeds.
The City of Eugene is extending an outdoor café seating program for another six months to help restaurants stay in business during the pandemic while complying with physical distancing requirements. Read more about the streatery program . . .
Michael Phinney wanted to find the right person to take over Full City Coffee in downtown Eugene. After all, he had spent 30 years making the Pearl Street business an institution in the city’s highly competitive coffee shop scene. Read more about Palace Bakery . . .
Two stores and a restaurant have opened recently in downtown Eugene, proving that while COVID-19 has disrupted daily life and the economy, entrepreneurs remain confident in the commercial and cultural center of the city as a place to start a business. Read more about entrepreneurship in Eugene . . .
Downtown merchants hope to get a boost from holiday shoppers in the weeks ahead. For some merchants, seasonal sales could make the difference between staying open or closing permanently. Learn how to support businesses downtown . . .
A vibrant arts scene is a vital piece of any city's downtown. Artists define the character of communities. In Eugene, we have a wealth of places downtown where we can see art, find supplies to make art, and buy pieces from the local artists we love. Ways to support Eugene arts . . .
Entrepreneurial dreams from a half century ago led to The Kiva, one of Eugene’s cherished food institutions. The Kiva is a downtown grocery store long popular with people who prefer locally grown organic produce and food. Read more about the Kiva's 50th anniversary . .