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Portland, OR - 7/7/2011
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John
Portland, OR

Lived here for 25 years. Moved away 10 years ago. Back for extended stay visiting old friends. Changes, of course, some for the better, some for the worst. Has grown, with more things happening but more traffic.

Pro's: Medium size city with enough art, culture and so forth to keep most people happy. Moderate traffic jams. Excellent public transportation. Good schools and educated populace No sales tax. One plus hours from mountains and skiing, from Pacific Ocean (although too cold and rough to swim). Clean and green. Fantastic "foodie" scene, heavy on the locally grown thing. Folks polite. Grow almost anything except tomatoes (not hot enough). Government efficient, not corrupt. Three months of the year the best weather in the world. Very excerise friendly, with bike lanes, hiking trails, moderate weather. Some of the most beautiful scenery in the world, with the Columbia River Gorge, Mount Hood and the Oregon coast. Beautiful geographical setting.

Depending: liberal, left coast politics, major hipster population. Businesses heavily regulated. Those with allergies might find it tough going.

Cons: Steep, progressive state income tax. Very expensive housing, including cost of owning or renting, property taxes high. Locals somewhat slow to make deep friendships. The weather nine months of the year? Awful. Rainy, gray and gloomy, chilly, foggy, overcast. That's why I finally left.

Ideal? Summer in Portland, winter in Mexico or some such place.

Hope this helps.

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Jasmyn
Tualatin, OR

Keep Portland Weird - 1/12/2014

Portland is filled with weird people looking for a good time. Oregon is one of the best places for customer service because youll find people here actually care about other people. We look out for eachother whether you moved here 40 years ago or 6 months ago. We dont care. Dont try to change Portland. We are weird and we are proud. But we also accept everyone. <3 welcome to oregon![read more...]


Alex
Portland, OR

Listen to the masses - 1/12/2014

Would be appreciative if 1,000 more people would add to this thread about how horrible Portland is. People who are thinking of moving, or have recently moved, or contemplating moving, need that extra push to decide. Yes, people think Portland is expensive, uneducated, fake polite, boring, hate the rain, no one will make friends with them, taxrs too high, nothing to do, can't make a profitable living,, were duped by the hype to move here, have home marrow ice cream, be transported to the ozarks but it's really Portland, pushy small Christian business owners will try to convert you, Buddhists will try to convert you, takes 16 years to make a friend,, trains only drive a straight line-north to south and easy to west,ridiculous traffic, and let's not foreget....Portland is white, oh so very white. ( I always thought it was gray and gray blue.... So in a nutshell, there you have it. Portland is the worst....the absolute WORST place to move because it will not meet your expectations and it definitely is not a "lovely" place to be spend hell in. Please, for the love of God and all that is organic DO NOT MOVE HERE.[read more...]


Alex
Portland, OR

Listen to the masses - 1/12/2014

Would be appreciative if 1,000 more people would add to this thread about how horrible Portland is. People who are thinking of moving, or have recently moved, or contemplating moving, need that extra push to decide. Yes, people think Portland is expensive, uneducated, fake polite, boring, hate the rain, no one will make friends with them, taxrs too high, nothing to do, can't make a profitable living,, were duped by the hype to move here, have home marrow ice cream, be transported to the ozarks but it's really Portland, pushy small Christian business owners will try to convert you, Buddhists will try to convert you, takes 16 years to make a friend,, trains only drive a straight line-north to south and easy to west,ridiculous traffic, and let's not foreget....Portland is white, oh so very white. ( I always thought it was gray and gray blue.... So in a nutshell, there you have it. Portland is the worst....the absolute WORST place to move because it will not meet your expectations and it definitely is not a "lovely" place to be spend hell in. Please, for the love of God and all that is organic DO NOT MOVE HERE.[read more...]


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Jay
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Portland is great - 9/26/2013

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Mickey
Portland, OR

A town where people don't shower and are incredibl - 9/15/2013

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Portland, OR

A town where people don't shower and are incredibl - 9/15/2013

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D.C.
Portland, OR

Outstanding music scene - 7/2/2013

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j
Portland, OR

Hyped, White and Classist - 5/12/2013

I've lived in several cities in the U.S. large and small; Philadelphia, Denver, L.A., Pittsburgh, Chicago and now Portland. I am a nearly middle-aged caucasian male with a doctoral degree. I am employed and make a reasonable wage for a single person. While these comments are inherently unfair because of they are opinions and full of blanket statements, I hope that people would think twice about moving to Portland after reading mine. Portland is easily one of the most frustrating places I have ever lived. The lack of diversity here is appauling. The northwest in general is extremely "white". Institutional racism and classist socioeconomic policies have continued the 20th century trends into the 21st. The few "black" areas of Portland have become increasingly white sociall and culturally over the past decade. 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The people here care about their community, the environment and the world at large only as long as it fits into their white, privledged, elitist narrative. You are expected to eat organic, work as little as possible, be anti-government and/or a conspiracy theorist, who ride a bike to work and uses marijuana, as a Portland resident. As someone who grew up in the midwest many of these ideals are offensive and just plain stupid to me. The weather here isn't very hard to deal with. It rarely gets below freezing in the winter and the summers are dry and warm, although they are a bit short. There are many cloudy days in the winter and many days with rain, but the rain is very inconsistent and the rain amounts are rarely significant. Downpours and thinderstorms are rare. Overall it is very comfortable. Which is good for Portlanders because they are very concerned about personal comfort. If you are a white 20 something, whose parents pay their rent, who wants to be in an average band or make craft products then you might like it here otherwise you'll want to move to a place with a much higher average I.Q. with more employment opportunities.[read more...]


Hudson
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Beer & Board games - 4/23/2013

I've never lived somewhere with some many bars that welcome board gamers like my partner and me. [read more...]


Rex
Portland, OR

Totally wrong information..... - 3/19/2013

This site states that Portland OR $5,493 per student. That's factually incorrect. Not sure where you're getting your data but the actual figure is almost $16,000 per student. Take the ALL FUNDS budget divided my the ACTUAL number of students. That's how much per student is spent. This year they have 43,408 students. The budget is $687 MILLION dollars. Do the math. [read more...]


Paul
Portland, OR

Cloudy - 3/7/2013

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lowar
Portland, OR

uninteresting and unpleasant - 3/3/2013

Unlike many people who hate Portland, I am politically quite liberal and do not mind rainy weather. In fact, rain in Portland is a plus because it keeps the annoying population indoors rather than wandering around being loud and horrible. I thought I would enjoy this city: I moved here five years ago, a new young professional with some free time and a good attitude toward the place. I have always made friends pretty easily and have lived in some large cities in Europe as well as Seattle, San Francisco and some smaller Oregon towns. I like a rich grassroots culture (not when it's overly contrived though). I am curious and energetic and just fine with being a stranger in town. I love places with a sense of history and I like to be among educated and creative people. I thought Portland would be the place for me in Oregon, but it is far worse than some other Oregon cities and towns in my opinion. It feels uneducated here and mind-bogglingly, fist-eatingly boring. The "fun" people have is a kind of hick, screaming-drunk fun that I call uptight leisure time. Lots of douchebag yupsters displaying what good and edgy consumers they are by showing off what cool places they go to eat Lots of mediocre innovation and DIY hobbies meant to show off how very Portland a person is. Far too many person crimes, far too rude a public. The city is big enough to be crowded, but one gets the impression that the people in crowds and traffic aren't used to having to share their space. The soulless "me-first" behavior becomes wearing. And there is this contingent of 35-year-olds trying way too hard to still be 23 and to be super off-beat cool, that creeps me out. Art and culture here are unimpressive and not very accessible. There are some colleges, but none that radiates any academic vibe in the city. I know a lot of people who love it here. In my experience, those people are often beer enthusiasts, lots of recently divorced men (it seems to be very well liked by recently-divorced men, so if you are one, you might give Portland a try I guess), people who like live music almost to the exclusion of any other activity (there is plenty of that), young graphic designers who love putting pictures of Portland on Tumblr, and people who grew up unexposed to anything very liberal and so they believe they are in some kind of liberal haven (I don't think it is, but it satisfies some people as such), and people who have this idea in their minds that Portland is THE cool place to be and they want to advertise that they're in Portland. (These people usually live in Tigard or Beaverton.) There are also some young families who like it here, maybe because the parents grew up here and remember when it was fun. But I find Portland so over-hyped-- everything is overblown, overpriced, under-serviced and neglected. I should try to be fair and put in a plug. It might be fun to be in the restaurant business here: the restaurant scene does seem innovative, and Portland, though a city, is small enough so you could meet some regulars who are community people and could get some good community ties and interests, which always makes a place more livable. And again, if you are 22 and from pudunk-town-Oregon and you love beer but don't want to be too far from your parents in Podunk-town, you'll likely enjoy living here. I'm afraid my overall impression of Portland is that it is needlessly inconvenient, uninspiring, cheesy and kind of dumb. But it is not an impossibly bad city, and if you really have good friends here, you can likely be pretty happy-- though it will be a bit inconvenient to get together with your friends unless you live or work in the same portion of the city. It is not a great place to come and be inspired and try to build a life. Maybe it used to be.[read more...]


Alex
West Linn, OR

bla bla bla - 1/5/2013

I don't want to review my state. [read more...]


Jenn
Portland, OR

Portland is Not a Decent City - 11/26/2012

I'd like to start by qualifying my opinion of Portland. I grew up in Austin, went to school in West Texas, lived in Summit County, CO for 5 years, lived in denver for 5 years, and lived in Japan for a year and spent a season in Antarctica. I've traveled all over the world and have seen some really unique and "weird" places. Trust me, Portland is nowhere nearly as "hip" as I was lead to believe. The only thing "weird" about Portland is its complete lack of character. Just because you recycle and have a "Free Tibet" sticker on your dirty car doesn't make you a hippy. It makes you annoying. The in-your-face political correctness is nauseating. Everyone spouts about "diversity acceptance", but what they really mean is - We accept you if you're a caucasian, secular, gender-bending jobless freak. Portland sucks. Can't wait to leave.[read more...]


Jarrett
Fresno, CA

The Hotbabeville of the Northwest - 11/20/2012

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Kami
West Linn, OR

Have loved it and hated it - 10/28/2012

Why live here? Well, because there are many good things. Downtown is small, but it is probably the safest of the many, many cities I've seen in the U.S. The urban decay of the rust belt where I grew up is absent. I love the outdoors. I camp, hike and ski a lot. Had only one weekend at home this summer. We have an enormous back yard in the endless national and state forests (about 1/3 of this state is public land including the beaches - they belong to the people). No one will try to convert you to their way of thinking (though this is good - it's because they're completely disinterested). Our son has grown up here. He is in love and will probably marry his long time girlfriend and have children in the near future. I will stay here to be near he and his family. Why not live here? My story isn't the whole story, but that's all I've got. I moved here 16 years ago. I expected an adjustment period; that's normal. What I didn't expect was that all the surface niceties displayed while vacationing here did not speak to the challenges of acceptance here. Being a well-rounded open-minded person hinders this. Though I have friends, it took years to develop them. Having lived in south Florida where everyone is from somewhere else, the diversity was accepted by most of us and was pretty cool. It was fun exploring our differences. In Portland, most everyone is from somewhere else, but the cliquishness is nearly impenetrable. Well-rounded does not fit a specific enough demographic. Your choices to fit in here are: Latte sucking yuppie; hippie; earth child; sports loving Mormon; Christian hip; 4-wheeling redneck; or atheist intellectual. Being anything else or some a la carte combination of these standards presents an enigma to Portlanders. If they can't figure you out within narrowly pegged confines, you're just too perplexing. The lack of curiosity as concerns diversity is perplexing to me. Maybe it shouldn't be - it is soooo white here. There is little racial or ethnic diversity. I'm a dark complected Irish-German-Native American hybrid. I'm oddly exotic to the white people here (and most are oh so white). Countless times, I've encountered strangers at the hair salon or the grocery store who want to play 'let me guess your ancestry'. The political demographic is very liberal and that suits me. It's socially liberal, too - and that's acceptable - though I've been sometimes amazed at the assumption that everyone is promiscuous - I'm not (married for many years). The workplace is passive-aggressively competitive. You will be talked about, but you will rarely have a chance to communicate because no one is assertive enough to talk to you. I can only guess that life on the historic end of the trail was ridiculously individualistic and competitive. I don't know. Most people earn very low wages and the housing costs are high. That doesn't stop $15/hr earners from going to the spa at least once a month or sucking down $5 lattes every day. Keeping up with the Joneses is alive and well here. The traffic is ridiculous and it's foolhardy not to widen the interstates and improve the infrastructure. Public transportation is heralded as some great accomplishment, but the folks I work with who ride the trains have some pretty gnarly tales to tell about disgusting, violent and extremely nasty behavior on their daily commute. Most of them have to drive and take the trains. They don't do it for clean air. They do it because parking downtown runs $12 a day. The trains go only straight lines: one east and west and one north and south. Those who don't have a car usually can't afford one because wages are so low. It rains from the end of October until typically the 4th of July - nearly every day - usually a slow all day drizzle. But when the sun shines, it's a joyous place to be; the beauty is astounding. And you can see the mountain - Mt. Hood. Well, that's how I see it. But everyone's experience is their own. Live your life. If nothing else - I've experienced it and have had an adventure. I've learned and grown. And I have a lot of fun playing in the woods. I think I'll like it better when I retire - a little place near Mt. Hood maybe and Portland when I need to shop. [read more...]


Jim
Portland, OR

Glad I'm out of that town - 10/7/2012

I was so glad when it was time to leave this place. I was so glad that is my review on Portland, Nothing more needs to be said. [read more...]


Deborah
Portland, OR

This place is painful. - 9/29/2012

Painfully stupid. Let me tell ya about Portland. You know about the incessant rain. Yes it really is that bad. And yes it really does make you depressed. It lasts forever. Drabby drizzles all day long every single day for 10 months. Probably why the people here are so rude. When they're not being phony nice that is. The culture is very insular. Church people abound. If you don't believe in "their" God, you're either out or a prospect for conversion. Uh, I got my own philosophy on life thank ya very much. Which brings me to the lack of intelligence. It's mind-boggling! They think they're sooo sophisticated but it's more like the backwoods of Arkansas than not.You cannot get proper service here to save your life. I'm not talking about the restaurants. Other than their sad habit of aping the French, restaurants here are good. That much is true. I hate the roadkill and pets on the menus though. It's like backwoods hillbilly meets European wannabe. Boom! They open a restaurant. The organic local produce is phenomenal. I'm waiting for a truly forward-thinking chef to work with that and that only. Leave the poor battered backyard bunnies alone. There's a restaurant I wanna be a regular at. But this isn't what I meant about service. Unless you plan on building your own house and everything, you cannot find an intelligent human being to service your property to save your life. We have had a parade of boneheads traipse through our home on a nearly daily basis because it's a given that whoever we hire to do a particular job will no doubt screw it up and need another vendor to fix it! We wait FOREVER for these flakes. Half the time they don't show up! Or if they do it's on a schedule convenient to them. As in an hour earlier than agreed or later. Or they'll come in all gangbusters until they realize you are not going to buy anything from them, no "upgrades" until you service the current grade properly. Service? What's that? It's like a cesspool of adult children with very low IQs. DO NOT buy a house here. They cram 6 houses to every acre. Huge blobs of concrete where forest once was. And if you think you're getting a view, just wait. They'll come and fill in the land in front of you and put up a bazillion ugly houses and your pretty view is gone. The traffic is just as bad as Los Angeles too. I regret the day I decided to move up here. I need intelligence. I need people who care about the job they do. People of integrity. I need open-minded people. And I don't mean tats and bones in your ears. And most of all, I need just a little bit of space. GREED has completely overtaken the government. And INCOMPETENCE rules. In other words, if you're at all intelligent, with standards, you will be in pain trying to have a life here. Portland is for potheads and yuppies. Let those two factions duke it out. I'm bigger than that. Time to go![read more...]


Cassandra
Irving, TX

Keep Portland Weird - 9/14/2012

I lived in Everett, Washington for two years and would visit a friend in Portland any chance I had. At first Portland seemed really romantic. Everything was beautiful; the weather, the shops, the food and especially the people. We ate healthy food, biked or walked anywhere that we went, and listened to live music until it was time to sleep. Everyone had dreadlocks and wore secondhand clothes. We went to Voodoo Donuts and Saturday Market. We hung out at The Deli (which isn’t there anymore, I don’t think) and visited the Rose Garden. It was unique and definitely captured my attention. Folks were very kind and used words like "lovely" and "spiritual" and bragged about how open minded their city was. They would say things like "Portland is a place for anyone. We accept anyone. We love anyone." As if discrimination of any sort was out of the question. That made it all the more surprising when they found out that I was a Christian that grew up in Texas. I was the exact same person they had been so sweet to before, and now they were insulting me. Now I was "hateful" and "narrow minded" and they couldn't understand how I could thrive in a state that "suffocated my soul." I am not racist. I do not hate anyone that is different than me. I feel like I am called to love everyone, and so I try to do that. They didn’t believe me. Because I wore the title “Christian” I missed out on being their friends. From that point things were different. They tried to convert me to Buddhism, they would make negative comments about my being on Facebook or my phone, and scolded me for “doing that to my body” when I ate a powdered donut. They even tried to steal my clothes and called me materialistic when I said something about it. Isn’t Portland’s motto “Keep Portland Weird”? Well they do that by making anyone who isn’t their “kind” feel uncomfortable and unwelcome. I suppose that since I was what the world deemed "normal" I didn't fit in there. As long as you meet the right people, Portland is absolutely wonderful. I can't believe how beautiful and peaceful it is in the summer. It is definitely a place to visit, and maybe move, depending on the neighborhood. I can’t really tell you that you’d have a terrible experience; I didn’t. I still have incredibly fond memories of my visits there. I do love Portland, however, due to the overwhelming amount of negative judgment I received, I won’t be returning. [read more...]


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