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Old 03-28-2009, 09:30 AM
 
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I've been accepted by the University of Oregon and will begin attending January 2010. I'm excited to go to a city like Eugene. The conservatism of Indiana is beginning to get annoying. I just have a few questions.

What is the nightlife like? Not just bars, but clubs, comedy clubs, etc.

Is shopping for groceries there expensive? I know they have organic food shops. I'm going to love that. There are barely any over here.

Is bringing my car a good idea? Give me the advantages and disadvantages.

What are areas that I should avoid? Areas with crime and high drug use?*

On a political scale, how would you describe the climate? I know it leans to the left, but how far? More center left to just left (Moderate Democrats and Hardcore Democrats/Liberals) or far left (socialist, anarchist, Marxist, etc)?

How are the natives towards nonwhites? Are the women there open to dating nonwhites? I know whites aren't the only ones there, but they make up a large majority, so I'm just wondering. I would imagine they'd be pretty open-minded, but I've been to some places that are considered progressive, but are de facto segregated.

Are there stores that sell black hair products?

What is the traffic like? Does it take long to get to most places? Is going to different sides of town only possible by car (or public transportation)?

What places of interest are in walking distance of the University?


*By drugs, I mean hard drugs (heroin, crack, meth, etc). Soft drugs (weed, shrooms, acid) are fine with me.

I think that's all for now. Will post any more questions that come to mind.
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Old 03-30-2009, 05:49 AM
 
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Old 04-01-2009, 01:14 AM
 
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Haaziq

Dont be sad....the Eugene post moves a little slower then others...Im sure that someone will jump on and answer your questions.

I lived there years ago, I can maybe answer a few....

Clubs, yes, Im sure there are....Its no NYC, just keep things in perspective. There is 130,000 (ish) people there, so it does have a "club" or two....now are they what you are looking for? Thats the million dollar question.

You will love the shopping if you are into farmers markets or organic foods, now these items may not be cheap, but they are what they are. Sundance is an amazing store (at least thats how I recall things) There are many options for local food products. The rest....well, remember there is no sales tax in Oregon.

Oh, crime areas....hmmmm I should leave that to current residents. There is a few pockets that are a little less affluent then others, hence cheaper rents, hence petty crime...Murder and violent crimes were few and far between in perspective. Property crime seems to be the crime of choice these days, as in many cities with a less then robust employment market. Drugs....well Eugene is infamous for hippies and that lifestyle, hell I am one (on the inside) hard drugs are there, not as visible or smellable as the occasional doobie on the weekends...
As far as "avoiding"...well that is a personal choice, but after living in some sketchy places in my life I can honestly say there are zero areas that scare me in Eugene, some you may not want to live in, but visiting is not an issue (IMHO)

Politics...uf, another one that I will leave to others, however, my opinion.... Eugene is far left in most citizens hearts, even the conservatives have a live and let live (or better yet, leave me alone) type of attitude. Eugene was/is a haven for counter culture and people looking for some peace and quiet. The city government however, in my opinion is a bit "militant" (not the word I want to use, but I cant express another) what I mean is the police can be a little over the top...granted its not an easy job (my father was NYPD) and I know that they are a civil service....but sometimes they can be a bit conservative and "by the book"...take that for what its worth...just opinion. I have not been there in a few years, so I hope to be corrected on this by a current resident.
The city government is conservative and corrupt in my opinion, but which government isnt?

There are no black hair products. (kidding) Im sure there is a few places (may require research), its not THAT small of a town...and there is a big college, so there are people from all over the US that need their product. Worse comes to worse have family/friends send you care packages or order over the internet.

Transpo... Well I recall the bus system being pretty good for a mid sized town, and its does go all over pretty easily. Bike riding is a popular and simple way to get around most Eugene. Can you survive without a car in Eugene? I think so. I think having a car is nice though if you can, so you can explore Oregon. traffic....No idea. lots of good walks around the U campus, depends on where you start I guess.

Just to finish my ramble.. Acid is not a "soft drug" at least not when I was on it! The drug culture in Eugene is pretty well entrenched, most of it is harmless...BUT , there has been a meth problem there for decades..
Basic rules apply. If you choose to be involved, you will pay dearly, and you will be a victim of some kind of crime guaranteed! If you are savvy and pay attention to signals, you can pass through your time in Eugene happily eating granola and singing Grateful Dead songs....choice is yours.

Good Luck Haaziq... You will enjoy, remember there are MUCH worse places, and nothing is forever but the earth and sky...

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Old 04-01-2009, 10:16 AM
 
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Thanks for the reply.
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Old 04-01-2009, 07:39 PM
 
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I've been accepted by the University of Oregon and will begin attending January 2010. I'm excited to go to a city like Eugene. The conservatism of Indiana is beginning to get annoying. I just have a few questions.

What is the nightlife like? Not just bars, but clubs, comedy clubs, etc.

Is shopping for groceries there expensive? I know they have organic food shops. I'm going to love that. There are barely any over here.

Is bringing my car a good idea? Give me the advantages and disadvantages.

What are areas that I should avoid? Areas with crime and high drug use?*

On a political scale, how would you describe the climate? I know it leans to the left, but how far? More center left to just left (Moderate Democrats and Hardcore Democrats/Liberals) or far left (socialist, anarchist, Marxist, etc)?

How are the natives towards nonwhites? Are the women there open to dating nonwhites? I know whites aren't the only ones there, but they make up a large majority, so I'm just wondering. I would imagine they'd be pretty open-minded, but I've been to some places that are considered progressive, but are de facto segregated.

Are there stores that sell black hair products?

What is the traffic like? Does it take long to get to most places? Is going to different sides of town only possible by car (or public transportation)?

What places of interest are in walking distance of the University?


*By drugs, I mean hard drugs (heroin, crack, meth, etc). Soft drugs (weed, shrooms, acid) are fine with me.

I think that's all for now. Will post any more questions that come to mind.
Haaziq-


Congrats on getting into UO. It is a beautiful school with strong academics and of course Duck football which if you don't love it now, you will.

Eugene is a cool little college town. It is the sort of place that is awesome to go to school there, and then, well, hit the road for a bit after you graduate. It also has a way of calling you back after you are away from it for a while (great for families). The city has about 140,000 people, with Springfield next door chipping in another 60,000. It is located at the southern tip of the Willamette Valley with hills to the south and the valley spreading out to the north. It has a ton of trees (UO has over 200 species on campus) and two rivers going through town. Drive to the east an hour and you are in the mountains. Drive to the west about an hour and you are at the coast (but not like California coasts).

Eugene social culture is pretty chill. There are a few clubs that are sort of geared towards the college scene. They are fun, but far from big city clubs that are more upscale, with better DJs, but, they are what they are. They are fun for college, but after a few years you'll get bored of them. There are a lot of great little bars, microbreweries, and taverns that serve world famous Oregon craft beers. The great thing about Eugene being a liberal college city, is that many musicians have come/or come to play (Mr. Lif, The Coup, Deathcab for Cutie, Murs, Ratatat, Spearhead to name just a few). Plus, Portland is 1.5 hrs away to see other groups and check out better clubs. There are festivals and fairs there too. There are some good restaurants that serve a variety of cuisine (Indian, Sushi, Italian, Mexican, etc).

Groceries? Yep, there are organic stores, but also places like Albertson's. Prices are probably average, but I never really thought about that, so I'm not so sure.

Eugene is liberal, but there are many conservatives there too. Basically, IMO one can assume a person is liberal, until proven otherwise. There have been some pretty radical activists living there, but for the most part it is a pretty accepting city...to a point. I'm sure some conservatives would struggle there. I can imagine some overeager folks who want to convert others would have quite a few doors slammed in their face, but not always.

I would say Eugene girls are fairly open to dating outside their race. When I lived there I dated a few African-Americans and a Dominican girl with no problems. However, being white in a predominately white city, I'm sure my viewpoint would not be the same as yours. I don't think you'll have a problem, unless you're ugly . Black hair products...no clue, worst case, just shave your head.

Eugene with no car is no problem. Mass transit is fairly efficient and if you are living near campus, downtown is a quick bike ride. It would take a bit of riding/walking if you needed to get to West Eugene or East Springfield (Thurston).

Drugs? Everything is there. Weed, shrooms, acid, ecstasy is all fairly common as it is a college town. If you puff, you'll like it there. Search for threads regarding crime. There are many different opinions. I personally think many of the "bad" areas are not bad. I teach in the worst area of Austin, TX, and it is bad. Eugene's bad areas are not.

I think you'll like it there. I loved going to Oregon, but had to find a place with more sun and less rain, so Austin it was. If you have any questions or a more candid opinion, pm me.

Off-Topic- I walked into my classroom two days ago here in Austin and one of my little fourth graders came up to me and informed me he saw the Oregon Duck beat up the Houston Cougar. I just laughed (dang that was like two years ago).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7_aaYih92ss

Peace

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Old 04-01-2009, 09:19 PM
 
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Thank you very much for the information.

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Black hair products...no clue, worst case, just shave your head.
There's always the internet to order from. There's no way I'm cutting my dreads.
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Eugene with no car is no problem. Mass transit is fairly efficient and if you are living near campus, downtown is a quick bike ride. It would take a bit of riding/walking if you needed to get to West Eugene or East Springfield (Thurston).
Well, I was planning on bringing my car. I was just wondering if the disadvantages would outweigh the advantages. For example, they say it's a bad idea if you're going to San Francisco because parking is truly a pain in the a**.
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Drugs? Everything is there. Weed, shrooms, acid, ecstasy is all fairly common as it is a college town. If you puff, you'll like it there. Search for threads regarding crime. There are many different opinions. I personally think many of the "bad" areas are not bad. I teach in the worst area of Austin, TX, and it is bad. Eugene's bad areas are not.
I'm a weekend chill type guy. During the week, it's all about my work.
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