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Old 04-30-2009, 02:06 AM
 
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Hey,

There are debates going on right now on the Flagstaff, Sedona, Boulder, Santa Fe, and Albuquerque forums over whether or not the people are cliquish and unfriendly.

Having lived in Santa Fe, Albuquerque, and Flagstaff, I can say that they are. They do not hire you unless you're local. It's very hard to make friends or get to know your neighbors. People never return phone calls or emails.

Having never lived in Boulder and Eugene, I have no idea.

This seems to be a problem with some college towns.

As one who is about to leave Flagstaff, and who has been turned down from jobs, because the locals only hire who they know, I will never again live in a cliquish town.

Born and raised in Seattle, and having lived in Corvallis, I just cannot imagine that Eugene would be unwelcoming to newcomers in any way.

Many people here in Arizona and New Mexico from the Pacific NW, East Coast, and Upper Midwest want to go back.

Unfortunately, they can't because they have families or manage hotels or have legal practices.

I can escape as a young single guy.

This Cliquishness seems to be a Southwest desert phenomenon.

What do you guys think about Eugene?

=Tom
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Old 04-30-2009, 02:37 AM
 
Location: Southwest Washington
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I don't get the impression that Eugene is cliquey. I can't imagine it being. It's just about the friendliest gosh darn town in Oregon. But I've never lived there, so... I don't know.
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Old 05-01-2009, 01:10 AM
 
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We moved to Eugene from out of state. We've found people here to be very kind and warm, but reserved. We like this, actually. People tend to respect your privacy, and tend to keep to themselves and behave more respectfully towards others as far as personal space goes. Diversity seems to be truly valued here. People for the most part are tolerant and friendly, but not imposing. Most of the people we've met here have been just really good-quality, friendly, laid-back people. I'm from the south where people can become too close too quick (in my opinion). I felt smothered there. I know a lot of praise is placed upon "southern hospitality" but from my experience, from my perspective, it was just exhausting, just emotionally draining - and I'm a native southerner (go figure...). So it's really nice to be in a place where people are more conservative and thoughtful with how they go about forming relationships.
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Old 05-01-2009, 03:33 AM
 
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We moved to Eugene from out of state. We've found people here to be very kind and warm, but reserved. We like this, actually. People tend to respect your privacy, and tend to keep to themselves and behave more respectfully towards others as far as personal space goes. Diversity seems to be truly valued here. People for the most part are tolerant and friendly, but not imposing......So it's really nice to be in a place where people are more conservative and thoughtful with how they go about forming relationships......

Sounds EXACTLY like Seattle!


Yes we native Northwesterners are reserved, but still friendly.
Oregon scores very low on the Extrovert scale:


The United States of Mind - WSJ.com
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Old 05-01-2009, 11:44 AM
 
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from what I've read and heard from my mother and a close family friend who has lived there for more then 20 years. Eugene is a great place to live and the people are really nice . We are moving there this summer. We are from Pennsylvania and we live in central florida and we hate it here for many reasons.
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Old 05-05-2009, 11:01 PM
 
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Clickish? No. As a poster mentioned earlier, Eugene shares a lot of characteristics with Seattle. Friendly on the outside, reserved on the inside. Perhaps why the two cities hate each other so much...they share the same personality and they play a Pac-10 football game against each other every year! No, really, there is some psychology in all this...
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Old 05-06-2009, 11:19 AM
 
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not to but in , but how is the employment there for blue collar folks ? I prefer to work outside and i am thinking of moving to Eugene.
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Old 05-06-2009, 04:43 PM
 
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ugh.......again Tom, why don't you just visit the places? Your going to get different answers from all different types of people. People that love it will say "oh people are great and friendly and blah blah" people that hate it will say "oh the people are terrible, very cliquish blah blah"

If you really want to get to know a place, you have to go there and experience it for yourself.

You obviously hate the SW, I love it, I grew up there. Yea, it has its good and bad, but its my home.
The PNW? I love it, live here now. Yea, it has its good and bad, buts its my home.

You seem to be looking for the perfect utopia of a town that is going to be socially aggressive in their liberal ideals and open to all races, genders, sexual orientations and etc etc. You will never find it, anywhere, want to know why? It doesn't exist! Not even in Seattle.
You can claim Seattle is open to this and that and neighbors don't care and you can be whatever you want and yadda yadda. You and I both know, that's not true, you can be Seattles biggest cheerleader, but every place has issues. Maybe you lived in a great neightborhood dream come true...In larger cities, you will have communities and areas where people will congregate to others like themselves..its a pack instinct. Smaller communities have a harder time establishing that because of the size.
Just go visit and find your place...
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Old 05-08-2009, 01:56 AM
 
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ugh.......again Tom, why don't you just visit the places? Your going to get different answers from all different types of people. People tha..........
I do not appreciate the rant against my post, in what was otherwise a reasonable question, considering that the economy and personality are linked.

I do not "hate" any place in the US. To interpret what are otherwise carefully written posts / observations as -- "hate" -- is unfortunate.


However, there is never anything wrong with disagreement in the worlds of politics, economics, and urban planning -- as long as it's done respectfully.

I try my very best to respectfully write my posts on city-data, and would ask that you give me the same courtesy.

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Old 05-08-2009, 02:01 AM
 
Location: Pinal County, Arizona
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I do not appreciate the rant against my post, in what was otherwise a reasonable question, .
There was no rant - the OP gave you a good, clear, concise answer. The only way to know a town is to go visit it.

That's no rant. That is practical advice.
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