Community members are invited to select their favorite street name options for the new Downtown Riverfront. The community contributed more than 1,100 ideas and the 12 semi-finalists can now be viewed and voted on through Engage Eugene.
To ensure that street names are relevant to Eugene and the new Downtown Riverfront neighborhood, suggestions had to fall into one of three categories:
- Community/Culture – From Kalapuyans to Bill Bowerman, choose a person, place, or thing that embodies Eugene.
- Ecology/River – From our rivers to surrounding mountains and the valley we live in, ideas representing the ecology of Eugene are as abundant as our native plants.
- Industry/Energy – There are major industries that are important to Eugene’s history and the energy of steam and water have played an important role on the riverfront site. While timber has historically been a large driver of our economy, agriculture and education have also played major roles and the technology community is steadily growing.
Additionally, names had to meet practical guidelines such as not exceeding 20 characters or being too similar to another street name in Lane County. Names of people who are still living or already have a public space named after them were also removed. An internal group at the City reviewed all suggested names and narrowed down the choices based on the criteria.
To select names online, click on the hearts next to your favorite name suggestions. Voting will be open through October 18. The voting results will be given to the Mayor, who will help make the final decision.