Several old buildings have been restored, including the Craterian Ginger Rogers Theater and the Prohibition era Cooley-Neff Warehouse, now operating as Pallet Wine Company, an urban winery.
Streets have been realigned, new sidewalks, traffic signals, and bicycle lanes were installed, and two new parking garages have been built.
Summers are akin to Eastern Oregon, and winters resemble the coast.
Here, summer sees an average of 57 afternoons over 90 °F or 32.2 °C and eleven afternoons over 100 °F or 37.8 °C.
In the late spring/early summer the snow on the slopes of Mount Mc Loughlin melt away into a formation called the "angel wings," which Native American tribes interpreted as an osprey, an indicator of the beginning of salmon run.
The project, which cost about million, improved traffic flow between I-5 and Crater Lake Highway.
Freezing temperatures occur on 69 mornings during an average year, and in some years there may be a day or two where the high stays at or below freezing; the average window for freezing temperatures is October 23 through April 23.
Medford also experiences temperature inversions in the winter which during its lumber mill days produced fog so thick that visibility could be reduced to less than five feet.
and a metropolitan area population of 208,545, making the Medford MSA the fourth largest metro area in Oregon.
The city was named in 1883 by David Loring, civil engineer and right-of-way agent for the Oregon and California Railroad, suggested by Medford, Massachusetts, near his home town of Concord, Massachusetts, and in recognition of its supposed position near the middle ford of Bear Creek.