The people of Everett: ‘All walks of life live down here’

Residents say that the interesting mix of people who live in Everett make the neighborhood a special place.

With its historic architecture, affordable housing and proximity to downtown, Everett attracts an eclectic collection of people.

“The people are really fun; they are interesting characters,” said Dave Wunderlich, an artist-turn-chef who lives and works in the neighborhood. “There is just never a dull moment. Lot of musicians, lot of artists, lots of creative people, all walks of life live down here.”

Everett business owner MJ Dunn agreed.

“We have refugees and immigrants and people looking for a better life, and then we have people who’ve lived there for 20 years,” she said. “It’s a unique little cove.”


The diversity was exactly why Jason Anderson decided to open his Cultiva coffee shop in the neighborhood.

“It’s a  not a homogenized, bland sort of suburban neighborhood,” he said. “It’s got a sort of urban flavor to it.”

Despite the different backgrounds and perspectives represented in Everett, the neighborhood has a strong sense of community, residents say.

“There are streets where millionaires live and there are streets were people that don’t have hardly anything live,” Wunderlich said, “and we all work it out together.”

Here are some of the stories of the people of Everett:
Mother, originally from Mexico, ‘wouldn’t leave here for anything’
UNL theater student enjoys her ‘inheritance’ in Everett
Pastor’s goal in reopening church: build relationships in Everett
Arkansas native moves to Lincoln for beauty school
Salvadoran family finds refuge from racism in Texas
Everett couple has ‘never gotten over being college students’
Solar eclipse is a highlight for daily visit of neighborhood buddies
Mexican family embraces Everett community
Musician opens home to bands, gives back to music community
Everett handyman works a lot for a little
Lottery win results in plane ticket from the Congo to America
Artist-turned-chef finds niche in Everett neighborhood
After years of struggles, Everett resident begins recovery
Other stories in this series:


 Turning the corner: A neighorhood in transition
Changes in Everett neighborhood echo across Lincoln
Neighbors in action: the anatomy of a comeback
The heart of Everett — the business district — has a new rhythm
 Neighborhood’s unofficial watchdog helps in many ways

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