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joe

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Sep 1, 2006
 
im thinking of moving to the grants pass area can can you tell if this is a good area or if there is better cities in that area of oregon.
Jonathan Frett

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Sep 7, 2006
 
Ashland is a better place, more things to do and friendlier people. You might want to check Craigslist for housing.
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Sep 8, 2006
 
joe wrote:
im thinking of moving to the grants pass area can can you tell if this is a good area or if there is better cities in that area of oregon.
Grants Pass is a great town to live in, very friendly people and is much less expensive to live than Ashland. It can be hard to find a job as the town is small and people tend to keep their jobs. I have been here for 14 years and I have loved it.
Willie Wonka

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Think of it this way:

Grant's Pass: Gun racks and NRA...
Ashland: Love-ins and incense.
Sharon

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Sep 18, 2006
 
I have lived in Grants Pass for over 35 years, relocated from So. Calif. It's not perfect but I have never regretted my move! Ashland is fun to visit, too expensive to live. Jacksonville the same. But they are so close that you can enjoy all the fun stuff less than an hour away. Grants Pass is not unfriendly as Jonathan indicates, people are great. People on the street are not always locals so don't be so quick to judge. Check out all the great community stuff going on here.
Susan Scroggins

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joe wrote:
im thinking of moving to the grants pass area can can you tell if this is a good area or if there is better cities in that area of oregon.
I was born here Joe. It is cheaper and smaller than other towns..major retirement and welfare community..meth abounds here and pot. Jobs totally lose here. There are alot of community things going on...outdoor fun if you know where to go...price of land is outrageous here. Southern Oregon has alot of money, but it's all retirees and hermits. You gotta know someone who knows someone...ALOT of issues about mexicans right now here..they are really moving in on us...starting gangs and drug cartels. The police here are pretty crooked...lots of protests at the courthouse. The ER here sucks...one room...they send you clear to medford for big medical stuff and thats where the good medical people are anyway compared to here. Alot of people live here and end up commuting to Medford area to work. They are VERY Christian conservative here..the upstanding citizen types...not the meth heads. THe mountain areas hold many natualists and environmentalists..protests and trailmix abound. Alot of lesbians in the woods...they don't bother anyone though. Seems the people here are not gay tolerant for men though. Ashland is very artsy and expensive. My experience has been they are clique-ish. Depends on your appearance and demeanor. Hope this insight helps..good luck
Rob

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Planning on moving to the Portland Metro area,(Beaverton, Hillsboro). Can anyone give me any info? Thanks-Rob
jvillepete

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Oct 10, 2006
 
Willie Wonka wrote:
Think of it this way:
Grant's Pass: Gun racks and NRA...
Ashland: Love-ins and incense.
well willie wonka, please stay in california. gpass is a great town and so is jville and the rest of so oregon. ashland is a town surrounded by reality. 50 years in oregon I have never heard this kind of bs.
jvillepete

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Oct 10, 2006
 
Jonathan Frett wrote:
Ashland is a better place, more things to do and friendlier people. You might want to check Craigslist for housing.
ashland is not a better place to live. gpass is nice and so is anyplace in oregon.. depends on what kind of work you need. and your needs.. ashland has a vigil if a dead tree is cut down. they are not the friendlist around and have alot issues, more than most towns. great place to go to school. you have not lived in oregon very long
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Grants Pass is fine, if your the keep to your self kinda of person. It has many problems with theft and drug abuse but, for the most part if your not the kind of person that goes out of your way to find theses sorta of things you'll be just find. Houseing is rather spendy so i sujest buying not renting, if you have the means. it also seems to have many oposeing opinions floating around, you'll meet hippies one minute and highly religous people the next, but if your like me, it all makes for more local entertainment. I've lived here my short twenty three years of life and for the most part have few complaints
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OREGON IS FULL TURN AROUND AND GO BACK !!
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Jacksonvillepete what are you doing,we don't want them willie wonka is right we are all a bunch of rednecks.Bend you over a tree stump and make you skweel like a pig. stay out of oregon please

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Joe: Move to Medford. It's the only full-service town around here.

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Rob: Great place to live. Only real full service city in Oregon. Has the only major league sports franchise in Oregon (The Ptld Trailblazers). Its university (of which I am an alumni) is a top notch urban university. I prefer the northwest part of town. It's a bit upper-scale, ethnically diverse (it's the only place I've found that you can get kosher food...and European delicacies...and non-fast food pizza in the entire state)...and more trendy. The zoo is fantastic, youth recreation is everywhere and the arts are adequate. The skiing is some of the best in the world and the coast (they call it "coast", not "beach") can be a bit windy and chilly...the water's friggin freezing, so if you want to swim for awhile, get a wet suit.

What you need to know, being a Californian moving north...1)The minute (or as soon as practicle)you hit Oregon, change your license plate and say you're from somewhere other than Cali. 2) People are a bit "greener" in Oregon than Cali., San Francisco and Marin County excepted. They also believe they invented recycling aluminum cans and have the best land-use system in the world. 3) Get used to eating salmon, seeing salmon, talking about salmon and wishing the salmon run would show up. It's the culture's lifes blood. 4) Immediately forget about the Spanish Mission system you learned in school and quickly bone up on Lewis and Clark stuff. 5) Be resigned to the fact that it either rains or is gray for several months. But when the sun comes out, it's beautiful!

Do these things and you'll have a great life in Oregon.
jvilllepete

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Jan 23, 2007
 
RJK48 wrote:
Rob: Great place to live. Only real full service city in Oregon. Has the only major league sports franchise in Oregon (The Ptld Trailblazers). Its university (of which I am an alumni) is a top notch urban university. I prefer the northwest part of town. It's a bit upper-scale, ethnically diverse (it's the only place I've found that you can get kosher food...and European delicacies...and non-fast food pizza in the entire state)...and more trendy. The zoo is fantastic, youth recreation is everywhere and the arts are adequate. The skiing is some of the best in the world and the coast (they call it "coast", not "beach") can be a bit windy and chilly...the water's friggin freezing, so if you want to swim for awhile, get a wet suit.
What you need to know, being a Californian moving north...1)The minute (or as soon as practicle)you hit Oregon, change your license plate and say you're from somewhere other than Cali. 2) People are a bit "greener" in Oregon than Cali., San Francisco and Marin County excepted. They also believe they invented recycling aluminum cans and have the best land-use system in the world. 3) Get used to eating salmon, seeing salmon, talking about salmon and wishing the salmon run would show up. It's the culture's lifes blood. 4) Immediately forget about the Spanish Mission system you learned in school and quickly bone up on Lewis and Clark stuff. 5) Be resigned to the fact that it either rains or is gray for several months. But when the sun comes out, it's beautiful!
Do these things and you'll have a great life in Oregon.
most of real oregonians give the fish away. trout no. you can't keep a native only a planter. keep your plate. we know where you come from.enjoy and please don't stay to long.. thanks

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Wow...hello to all the experts on Oregon!
I was born in Medford, almost 60 yrs ago, at Sacred Heart Hospital,(on Knob Hill). It was a wonderful area to grow up in, as we never had to lock our homes or cars, and children were safe to go anywhere at anytime. Every summer, we'd have to deal with all the tourist traffic and the rolling California Stop. In the fall, the Mexicians would arrive to work the fruit, but by December, only the locals remained.
Then the invasion began, slow, like a rock rolling down a hill. Sadly, it gathered momentum, and has transformed Southern Oregon into a mini-Southern California. People that fled California to escape traffic, crime, and gridlock....only brought it all with them.
The area I grew up appreciating is now the area I detest, and I can't afford to relocate. I'm trapped, surrounded by a self-serving and rude public, intent on "protecting" Oregon from itself.
THAT'S the real crock of bs!
(If I HAD to move to this area, I'd suggest Grants Pass over the highly taxed Ashland.)
TTRR

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Jan 31, 2007
 
jvilllepete wrote:
<quoted text>most of real oregonians give the fish away. trout no. you can't keep a native only a planter. keep your plate. we know where you come from.enjoy and please don't stay to long.. thanks
You sound like a jerk.
jvilllepete

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TTRR wrote:
<quoted text>You sound like a jerk.
you to dude>>>>>
TTRR

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don't speak for oregonians jerk off.
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Rob wrote:
Planning on moving to the Portland Metro area,(Beaverton, Hillsboro). Can anyone give me any info? Thanks-Rob
Yes. Do not.
If you move from the Bay Area to Portland you will regret it. All the Californians I know who have moved expecting a great, rich,'green', liberal experience have have their expectations demolished.
Californians I know have been made physically sick from the lack of sun and constant rain. The rule of thumb is that it takes 5 years simply to get used to the feeling of claustrophobia and depression but that's simply to 'get used to it.'
Once you get to Oregon though you will find it difficult or impossible to move back. Housing prices do not follow much rhyme or reason and they will not go up fast enough to make it possible to move back at a profit.
Oregon is a hick state. It's almost entirely rural with all of the problems of tolerance, education, civilization and diversity that implies. You can have a bigger house with more trees but your neighbors may vandalize your car with the California plates and you may never see them as they will hole up in their house when not at work.
There is no sense of community in Oregon. There is no sense of shared purpose. It is a very unfriendly place full of people who resent, envy and hate you.
If you buy a house, make sure you have tall fences and thorny plants around you. Vandalism from the explosion of kids is everywhere. Oregonians do not watch their children. They kick them out of the house (cabin fever IMO) and inflict them on everyone else.
It's a throwback to an earlier age where they expect the 'neighborhood' to deal with their kids. There is little sense of responsibility on the part of parents.

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