You can consider a streatery as a combination of a parklet and a sidewalk café. The city's Streatery Program was created as a way to help restaurants with their social-distancing requirements from the Coronavirus. Urban Design staff collaborated with business owners and numerous city departments to create vibrant outdoor seating areas that contribute positively to the urban streetscape.
Traffic Calming & Safety Interventions
Our Urban Design team works with city departments, outside organizations, students, and community members on demonstration projects that provide safety enhancements through placemaking. Projects have included facilitating intersection painting (shown) and traffic calming interventions that enhance the pedestrian realm.
The Urban Design team and the City's Parking Division have coordinated with the University of Oregon and local architects on multiple parklet projects. Parklets repurpose on-street parking spaces into vibrant community spaces that provide more space and amenities for pedestrians. These spaces generally provide seating, greenery, and art.
EUGpop Pop-Up Retail
With the goal of incubating local artists and entrepreneurs, curating the "Best of Eugene", and activating downtown public spaces, the Pop-Up retail shops were launched in 2017 to support Downtown placemaking in anticipation of the 2021 World Track and Field World Championships. This pilot project featured three container retail shops and a parklet.
The city seeks to implement the community’s vision of Eugene’s City Hall, the Lane County Farmers’ Market, and Eugene’s Park Blocks. The projects will benefit the immediate neighborhood and the broader community by locating efficient and accessible government services, providing a permanent location for a year-round public farmers’ market, creating a central gathering space, and strengthening 8th Avenue as a connection to the river.
The City of Eugene is working hard to transform Franklin Boulevard into a street that is pleasant, accessible, and safe for people using all modes of transportation. This could include protected bikeways, pedestrian paths, and efficient public transit. The Urban Design Team is providing design guidance to help realize the community's vision for an attractive, safe, and vibrant corridor that is welcoming for all users.
One of the priorities the City heard most clearly in talking to the community about the future of parks and recreation in Eugene, is providing access to the river – for everything from recreation to simply enjoying the views. The 4-acre Downtown Riverfront Park will be the heart of the greater riverfront development that reimagines a new, vibrant future and will, once again, unite our city with the river.
The oldest standing structure on the Downtown Riverfront property, the Steam Plant has the potential to connect Eugene's future to its past. As part of the Downtown Riverfront Redevelopment, its unique position as an icon of Eugene’s industrial past calls for the plant to be preserved and re-purposed as an active development at the east end of the Downtown Riverfront property.
The Urban Design team collaborates with Planning staff and the community to implement the community's vision of the River Road and Santa Clara neighborhoods. A key goal of the Plan is to improve River Road, the major street that connects these neighborhoods to central Eugene. As one of the major routes in the Eugene area, River Road is important to neighborhood residents, the Eugene-Springfield community, and regional travelers.
The Urban Design team aims to ensure that neighborhood plans and visions are realized in the built environment and achieve the desired outcomes. Design input may include developing form-based codes, testing vision concepts, creating renderings and other implementation, analysis and design needs.
The Multi-Unit Property Tax Exemption (MUPTE) is a tool that can shift a proposed housing development to financial feasibility. The Urban Design Team collaborates with city staff and developers to ensure that projects utilize a place-based approach to align with existing contextual development patterns and are of high-quality. In Eugene, the City Council has authorized the use of MUPTE in the downtown area.
Fulfilling the community’s long-held vision of turning a vacant, inaccessible and empty riverfront lot into a vibrant, active, and accessible riverfront neighborhood and community destination is currently underway. 16 acres of riverfront property will become Eugene’s riverfront neighborhood – directly connecting our downtown and campus areas to the river and creating more access points for the community to enjoy.