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Our Town: Bend

OPB | July 27, 2012 6:35 a.m. | Updated: Aug. 14, 2012 9:14 a.m.

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Most Oregonians are familiar with Bend, whether it’s because of the biking, the beer, or the real estate bubble that brought the economy to a halt.

That infamous bubble led many here to christen Bend as a place to live in “poverty with a view.” Bend saw the largest drop in house prices in the country, and the trend of Californians buying second homes in the region disappeared.

Now, a few years after the bust, unemployment still struggles along at over ten percent in the region, and home prices are just beginning to turn around from the depths of the recession.

But despite those struggles the town is nevertheless still focused on growth. The brewing economy is rapidly expanding, and tourism is booming.

Listen to Our Town: Bend, live from Cascade Locks Brewing Pub and Lodge


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