The cultural heart of the second-largest city in Oregon beats in tune to the youthful bustle of the University of Oregon's campus. Go Ducks!
This isn't a city that has accepted nature. It's the other way around. Lush parks and arboretums and the Willamette River makes this city ideal for residents who love hiking, nature walks and climbing.
Politically, Eugene mirrors the state of Oregon. It's neither Democratic nor Republican, but most of the country would agree that it's very liberal. And also libertarian in a special Eugenian way. If the city had its druthers, it would legalize all drugs including heroin, and only make tobacco illegal.