The Friendly Area Neighbors (FAN) association is named for Friendly Street, which bisects the neighborhood from North to South. The street in turn was named for Sam Friendly, a much-loved 19th-century Mayor of Eugene and one of the far-sighted individuals who secured the location of the University of Oregon for Eugene. His direct descendant was Fred Friendly, the internationally renowned broadcaster and journalist. Our neighborhood encompasses a wide range of architectural and personal styles.
The boundaries of the Friendly Area Neighborhood are Amazon Creek on the east, 18th Street on the north, and Chambers Street on the west. The southern boundary is West 29th Avenue to Lorane Highway, then north on Washington to West 28th Avenue, then continuing on West 28th to Chambers Street.
Small, locally-owned businesses abound in our neighborhood, many within easy walking distance. You’ll discover markets offering fine organic produce and products and regional wines from the vineyards of Oregon; locally-owned bookstore where you will be greeted by the owner; cafes and bistros, and farmers markets, to name just a few.
These businesses stand beside regional and national brand stores. We encourage you to shop close to home and meet your neighbors. Less driving means more time to relax and enjoy the simple pleasures of home.
Explore Our Neighborhood
We invite you to explore our beautiful part of the wonderful City of Eugene. Excellent neighborhood schools and beautiful City Parks are located throughout our neighborhood. Residents of the Friendly Area Neighborhood love to garden and this common thread of love and pride is visible on every street. Street trees abound, planted in part through the efforts of the Friendly Area Neighbors Association (FAN).
FAN Board meetings are held every month. Additionally General meetings are held in January, April, and October. In lieu of a General meeting in July, an annual picnic is held. General meetings may include presentations or outreach from various government agencies, neighborhood groups, non-profit organizations, or candidate and ballot measure forums. The board is elected at the annual general meeting in October. The public is invited to all meetings. A portion of each meeting is devoted to input from neighborhood residents and the general public. Additionally, FAN teams may hold informal meetings for focused discussion and taking action regarding transportation, emergency preparednessand equity and human rights.