The City of Eugene has been in talks with a group of local businesses that wish to build an apartment complex on the Broadway Plaza square, home to the Ken Kesey statue. The square has been a locally famous landmark since the statue’s unveiling in 2003.
Chellsie Johnson — “Working people that go to school and have jobs, they have to pay for that. So I really feel like it’s something we have to address, but I really don’t know how I would go about that, go about fixing it.”
Dan Brown — “I mean it would be cool to still have some kind of public place where people can gather, you know, maybe a little more professional than homeless people sitting around. It’s cool to have those places where you can go when you just have some time to kill.”
Nathan O’Kin — “Me and my friends would go to Voodoo Doughnuts, or I’d talk to people downtown, and it was really fun. I feel like to build something on it [the square] would erase those memories in a way because you can’t go back and see them.”
Elora Silverwhip — “I think if they wanted to renovate the space they should put a fountain there, because we need more fountains.”
Jeff Wolf — “I don’t think that’s a good place for student housing. I would think it’s strange — let’s not say whether it’s good or bad but it would be strange. I know there are other apartment complexes there but it seems like anything that is situated right there gets really expensive.”