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Old 05-13-2010, 01:26 AM
 
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KRVM
Cafe Yumm
Cafe Mam
Local foods on supermarket shelves
CSAs
King Estate and other local wineries
Oregon Country Fair
Eugene Celebration and parade
Spencer Butte and Mount Pisgah
Bike trails and lanes everywhere
Easy commutes around town
Nice library
Good birdwatching
Accessible airport
Saturday Market
Just an hour to Florence
Driving distance to Portland or redwoods, take your pick

There's definitely lots to like about Eugene.
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Old 05-17-2010, 03:57 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA (Wanting to move) --Burlington, VT, Asheville, NC, Boulder, CO?
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Default Asheville & Burlington compared to Eugene?

I have never been to Eugene, much less Oregon at all. I have been told that I would really like it.

I have never been to Asheville, NC, either, but I have been told good things about it...

I am from Burlington, Vermont and absolutely loved it there, and am wondering how Eugene is similar to and different from both Asheville and Burlington?

Thanks!

Feel free to PM me, too
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Old 06-01-2010, 10:40 PM
 
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We live in Southern California but visit Eugene now and then. We love it. Others have covered its virtues well, but I have to add: I love the sweet scented air! I guess it is the pine trees, but it is sublime.
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Old 06-09-2010, 09:44 PM
 
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After my house-hunting visit, I have to say Eugene's bike lanes are tops. But it isn't only the bike lanes - it's the general consideration cars show towards bike riders that really makes it.

When I ride a bike in Tennesse, it's stressful, not enjoyable - I'm lucky if I get three feet. The main multi-use greenway is populated by people who seem baffled when you stop and ask them to quit occupying the entire width of the path. The roadsides and medians are full of debris - broken bottles, squashed orange warning cones, fallen branches, bits of rock and twisted metal. Riding within clearly designated lanes across the entire length of Eugene was pure bliss.
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Old 06-11-2010, 11:27 AM
 
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I recently visited Eugene and thought it was a nice sized city with fun stuff to do. If I lived there, I would choose an area near downtown or the U of O, where I could walk or bike most places. For the mind: the excellent, attractive public library, great used bookstores, lectures at the University. For the body: the great bike trails, also for walking/jogging/running, local produce and health food stores. For the spirit: the proximity to forests, river, and mountains, the Hult Center for the Performing Arts. You can have a well-rounded existence there.
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Old 06-12-2010, 12:48 AM
 
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dreadlocks, welfare, body odor, panhandlers, medical marijuana, more medical marijuana, students rights consortium, free sex, free treatment for STD's at the local clinics. Ya man what else do you need.
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Old 06-13-2010, 05:18 PM
 
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dreadlocks, welfare, body odor, panhandlers, medical marijuana, more medical marijuana, students rights consortium, free sex, free treatment for STD's at the local clinics. Ya man what else do you need.
Omigosh! But really... I didn't know there were still people offended by hair, grass, and public health services in this day and age....under the age of about 82. So thanks for setting me straight (assuming you are under 82).

I just read that Eugene posted a 79% high school graduation rate this year, 13% higher than the state average. Where I live (Albuquerque) it's around 46%. Now that's scary.

If I could trade our gangs (Mexican gangs, Central American gangs, Chicano gangs, Vietnamese gangs, Cuban gangs) for all of Eugene's pot-smoking residents in dreadlocks I'd be happy indeed. And that's just the beginning...
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Old 06-14-2010, 08:31 AM
 
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If I could trade our gangs (Mexican gangs, Central American gangs, Chicano gangs, Vietnamese gangs, Cuban gangs) for all of Eugene's pot-smoking residents in dreadlocks I'd be happy indeed. And that's just the beginning...
We have gangs here, too. It's still swept under the rug here, though, so most people aren't aware of the problem. News: Local | "Hometown GANG" | The Register-Guard | Eugene, Oregon The local paper - Register Gard - has been doing some stories about gangs in the area.
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Old 06-14-2010, 11:54 AM
 
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Thanks, Haggard. I'm sure there are gangs there, too (and everywhere else) but I think it plays less of a part in your local culture than it does here and in many other places.

2008 murder rates per 100,000 (according to city-data):

Eugene: 1.3
Albuquerque: 7.2
Boston (one of my previous homes): 10.3
US average: 5.3
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Old 06-15-2010, 01:00 AM
 
Location: Beaverton
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...or Oakland (I'm in a suburb of same) at 25.7 in 2009. Please sweet baby Jesus, get me the flack out of California. (or Richmond just up the freeway about 10 miles from where my sweet old mom lives, which is holding steady at 45.8)
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