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Old 09-19-2009, 02:47 PM
Location: Austin, Texas
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My future fellow Orengonians: I'm currently living in Boise, ID. and have been for several years. But the unchecked sprawl, the worsening traffic, the weather extremes, and the increasingly bad air quality have me seriously contemplating a move to Oregon--a state I have visited many times and loved! I've narrowed my choices down to Roseburg and Grants Pass: two places I've visited briefly and seem like a nice quiet, laidback place to live.
So please opine! What do you think is the main "feel" of each town? The attitudes, overally town personalities? I don't need demographics; just honest opinions on what you like/dislike about each place.
Hey, thanks a lot for your time!
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Old 09-21-2009, 01:08 PM
Location: Oregon
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I lived near Roseburg about 19 years ago. Only lived there for about a year. I liked the area, people seemed nice enough, I just couldn't find a full time job and ended up driving 2 hours one way for work. At that time it seemed to be a "depressed" area. I am not familiar with how it is now. I do know that it has grown alot.

I now live near Grants Pass (for almost 6 years). I really like the area alot! We live out on acreage, but I do alot of business in Grants Pass. Of all the places I have lived, this feels like home! I have no thoughts of leaving. If you need something that Grants Pass doesn't offer, you can always be in Medford in 30 minutes. Traffic can get heavy in some areas, but it's nothing you can't live with. I think the people in general here are laid back and friendly. There doesn't seem to be large populations of any extreme.
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Old 09-21-2009, 04:49 PM
Location: Stumptown
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Roseburg is more of a rough-around-the-edges blue-collar town, while Grants Pass is becoming, comparably, more and more civilized every year with the influx of interstate immigrants. Roseburg is solidly conservative, and Grants Pass is moderate with a definite libertarian edge to it. Grants Pass is and feels bigger and has more of a bustle to it, and also has more "cultured" things going on (even if they are quaint) than Roseburg does.

They both have similar roots as small Southern Oregon logging towns, but Grants Pass has turned toward the future more and is now more "cosmopolitan" (in the small, former Oregon logging town sense of that word ).

Basically, Roseburg still kind of feels like a logging town, like it didn't really leave the 80s, and I think there actually still is an operating mill there. Grants Pass just doesn't have that vibe so much anymore. Both towns have grown, but Grants Pass has grown more. With that has come sprawl, traffic, and worsening air quality. But compared to Boise I'm sure it's nothing.

The Grants Pass area is more beautiful with the Siskiyou Mountains right in your face surrounding the city, and is also closer to the redwoods and close to the coast. I also find the city itself more aesthetically pleasing than Roseburg. Not to say Roseburg isn't a nice place to live, but I prefer Grants Pass, personally. There is just more going on and it's becoming more liberal every year.

If I had to complain about Grants Pass, I'd say it's growing too fast and not in the best way possible. There is a Little Mexico neighborhood that is a little sketchy at night, and lots of cholos from SoCal (lots of Southern Californians here in general, for better and/or worse). I saw a skinhead about a month ago which was quite a shock, but I think that was an isolated incident of an outsider, because it's not a racist town at all. Also, it's still a fairly conservative small town with a fairly conservative small town attitude. The politics in the city are terrible... We just recalled all of our city councilors in a special election. They were crooks basically, but still. Also, people in Eugene and Portland are friendlier than they are in Grants Pass, generally.

Roseburg might be a more quiet, laid-back place to live than Grants Pass now that I think about it, unless you relegate yourself to rural Josephine County...
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Old 09-21-2009, 05:21 PM
Location: Austin, Texas
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Thanks alot backdrifter! Yo gave me the exact type of answer I was seeking. Good job, and I appreciate your taking the time. And hey--I know exactly what you mean about the huge influx of Californians. Part of the problems with Boise now is due to the infestation we've had who have Californicated our once fair town. Boise has lost much of what once made it unique, and nowadays, heck: you could plop someone down in the middle of town from a spaceship and tell them they were in a northern california town and they would believe it. Boise, Idafornia! LOL
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Old 07-22-2012, 03:00 PM
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Hi, concerning Roseburg vs Grants Pass my questions are: Which has more fog? and is it a low lying fog affecting traffic visibility? And having read that the air quality can be a problem with little to no winds to clear out the valley in Roseburg, is Grants Pass any better as far as that goes? Thanks in advance for your input.
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Old 07-22-2012, 06:28 PM
Location: Myrtle Creek, Oregon
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Neither town has a fog problem. During the times of year when it's wet enough to have fog, the wind blows reliably.
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