I am 43, was born in Eugene, have lived in Portland, OR and Los Angeles, CA, and say that Eugene is an excellent place for quality of life, and education. As a product of the Eugene school district, and long time employee before I started real estate, I feel that our education system is quite good, filled with dedicated, caring teachers, administrators, and assistants. I was one of few black students, yet I never felt singled out or discriminated against by the adults who worked with me, and this was through the 70s and 80s. The district cares very much for children of all background and abilities, and works really hard to overcome the financial challenges that all public school districts constantly face.
The crime rate is relatively low, and I have always felt very safe going to each different area of the city. It is an excellent place for outdoor activities, and for taking in great sports, food, and arts. We have been blessed with world class events such at the U.S. Track & Field Olympic trials for the second olympiad in a row, and I am able to ride my bike to the events on one of the many bike paths established here. We have the Bach festival each summer which brings in artists from all over the world for several weeks of concerts and seminars on classical music. I could go on and on about the rich life I have lived here, the amazing concerts I have taken in, and the peaceful life I enjoy with my wife and 2 year-old.
I say that Eugene & Springfield are different in some ways, and both are very nice places to live. I will say that each is beautiful, is managed well, and have some cultural styles that are different. I have seen that Eugene & Springfield have co-existed in an excellent way, learning from each other in some really healthy ways. Both cities have grown at reasonable paces, have adapted to modern times, really try to bring in good new business bringing in new jobs and economic growth. I have friends who live & work both in Eugene & Springfield, and I don't feel that I am going to another world when I go to Springfield, any more than they feel anything different when they come here. We all live and work in the same community, in many ways it feels like one big community sharing the riches of the beautiful Willamette Valley together.
We are 1 hour from the Ocean, 2 hours from a major city, a few minutes from wineries, nurseries, hikes, and berry farms. Minutes from charming small Oregon towns that boast their cultural fairs, antique shops and local organic eats. We are 2 hours from world class skiing and rock climbing in central Oregon, and just a few hours from Northern California where you can visit the Redwood forest and amazing Lake Shasta.
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