City leaders in Eugene, Ore. have been considering several ideas for how to improve the quality of life in the city’s downtown core; on Wednesday night a pair of ideas were considered, banning smoking and banning dogs, and it was a bad day for the canines while smokers won at least a temporary reprieve.
According to a report from KVAL.com, smokers will still be allowed to light up in the roughly 12-block section that is being used as a pilot area, while dog owners won’t be allowed to have their four-legged friends with them, unless they are service animals or the owner lives in the affected area. The ban goes into effect in approximately 30 days and will be reassessed on Nov. 1. Had it passed, the same dates would have applied to the smoking ban.
Eugene is Oregon’s second largest city with a metro area of over 350,000. It is home to the University of Oregon.