Eugene's eccentric neighborhood

John Gottberg Anderson / For the Bulletin Published Nov 10, 2013 at 04:00AM

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Oak and maple trees leave their autumn colors on Fourth Avenue, east of Van Buren Street in Eugene's Whiteaker neighborhood. A mix of residential and commercial structures, “The Whit” became a magnet for counterculture in the late 1960s.
The small Ninkasi Brewing tasting room shines brightly on a dark and rainy night in Eugene’s Whiteaker district. Opened in November 2009 on Van Buren Street, the tasting room is adjoined by a covered patio where patrons are served by local food-cart operators.
The Eugene Whiteaker International Hostel for many years has provided budget lodging to travelers from around the world. In addition to dormitory accommodation and several private rooms, it has a large common room and kitchen, a separate music room and an outdoor garden.
Nearly 1,000 bottled beers from around the world may be for sale at any given time at the Bier Stein, a German-style beer hall in downtown Eugene. The remarkable selection is complemented by another 30 international beers served on tap.
The small Ninkasi Brewing tasting room shines brightly on a dark and rainy night in Eugene’s Whiteaker district. Opened in November 2009 on Van Buren Street, the tasting room is adjoined by a covered patio where patrons are served by local food-cart operators.
Papa’s Soul Food Kitchen and BBQ opened on Blair Boulevard in 2006, the passion of founder and blues musician Ted “Papa Soul” Lee. After Lee’s death in 2009, area residents credited the businessman with “really helping Whiteaker to turn around.”
Beer lovers sample some of Hop Valley’s 10 signature brews at the company’s new First Avenue tasting room in Eugene. Founded in Springfield in 2009, Hop Valley continues to operate a 15-barrel brewery and restaurant in that city’s Gateway District.