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Eugene, OR

Population: 159,615
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In a city well known for the arts and outdoors, Eugene, OR's downtown district serves as the center for creativity and culture, and that's for a whole region, not just the city. Luckey's Bar and Music Venue, the first business in Eugene, combines a feel for the past with the sounds of local bands, while the Eugene Gallery District keeps residents on the cutting edge of culture. Live music, theater and fine arts performances can be seen at the Hult Center for the Performing Arts, the McDonald Theatre, WOW Hall or the John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts. There are numerous dance venues for those who like to get down. Upscale eateries and rotating festivals coexist in harmony, and Eugene's emphasis on the outdoors plays out downtown at the beautiful Alton Baker Park.

The Scene: Cool and Green

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