I spent an idyllic summer in
, in 1998. I would have stayed if I had found work. What people are calling "hippyness" are values I cherish: respect for the Earth that supports us, and our fellow human beings. At the same time, Eugene has a strong rural conservative component, making for an interesting mix. You might see a guy in a pickup with a gun rack right next to the one in the bike lane, pulling his child in the Oregon-made Burley bike trailer. I'll see you there for the Eugene Celebration, September 18-20!
I moved to
from Kansas in '99. It was an eye-opening experience. I highly recommend it to anyone who loves the outdoors.
It is not that freaking hippy-ish!!
is a great town. Go Ducks =)
has more nightlife than anyone could possibly need -- the center of gravity for partying on a Friday and Saturday night is the pub district, at the intersection of West Broadway and Olive street, stretching a few blocks in any direction. This is a pedestrian-friendly area with a wide variety of pubs -- from cozy Jamesons' to upscale Davis' and Adam's Place; to belly-dancing at Cafe Moroc and Argentine Tango at The Tango Center (an all-ages place); live music at Cozmic Pizza, McDonald's Theatre, John Henry's, The Hult Center, The Shedd, and The WOW Hall; to DJ music in the underground Diablo's; from card-playing at Full House to pool with a real community feeling at Lucky's. There are a bunch more -- all these places are pleasantly packed. Most have food. Most covers are good value. There's a wide range of ages and types of people, possibly because Oregon's main University is here. It is quite easy to get lost in the friendly nightlife here.
I'm 16, and I've lived in
15 years. Not that hippie-ish... but generally liberal. But it's pretty diverse. I've nevergone to the Eugene Celebration, but I hear it's pretty cool.
I came here recently as one of the last hippies left in a right wing town in California, it was like I could breathe again! It is truly impressive!
rocks!!! Lots of towns and states could take lessons on how to preserve beauty from Eugene. I really hope it maintains its hippie status.
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