When observing the Jefferson Westside Neighborhood one can see that it is in pretty good shape. The trees are trimmed; gardens well kept and sideways clean of garbage. Residents to the area such as Drew Taylor and Cassidy Kane both agree. Taylor said that the Jefferson Westside Neighborhood was a “nice location” and has enjoyed living there for the past 8 months. The cleanliness of the area could be because of the volunteers who gather to help make sure the place they call home stays that way.
Melinda Hohenberger, who has lived on 18th and Van Buren for the past 15 years, mentioned that the Westside Neighborhood was a great location to be in. She did also reference that the neighborhood was in need of a comeback and that many of the houses were pretty old and needed to be improved. Despite the fixer uppers needed, the location of the Jefferson Westside Neighborhood was ideal because it is so close to the highway. Shopping at Valley River Center or Gateway Mall is only a few minutes away. Drew Taylor also offered insight as to why the Jefferson area is a prime location, “the area I live in is very close to corner stores and the downtown area. I actually only live 7 blocks from downtown and 15 minutes away from campus. Everything around here is pretty accessible by bike, car or walking.”
Traffic also doesn’t seem to be much of an issue for this neighborhood. The only place that the hussle and bussle of cars can be heard it around both 13th and 18th Avenue. However, for artists such as Cassidy Kane it doesn’t seem to be bothersome. When asked what this guitar-playing fellow would change about his neighborhood he responded, “I wish the cops would stop busting the house shows we play here. They bust us at least 1 out of every 4 or 5 shows we have here.”