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portland,cool place to live....................... - 6/26/2008
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william
Salem, OR

portland is really a neat place! nice people, great food, fantastic old buildings ,and the bridges are really cool.treelovers, this is your heaven. really wonderful fresh air quality! no sale tax , and the rose capital of the world. as for the grey days, the sun usually peaks out of the most wonderful clouds ,you will ever see. places are what you make of it yourself. people adapt,life goes on ...get over the grey and enjoy the comfortable weather. it`s a lot more easy, to warm up,than to cool off. the views are to dye for.close to the sea,not to far from the mountains. it`s just a little too crowed for me. i live in salem ,more laid back,a little more comfortable,less people,and more to my style. portland is less than 40 minutes away...............nice.

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Denise

re: portland,cool place to live................... - 8/30/2009
I am 23 years old and currently live in Chicago.I graduated form college about a year ago and am looking to move to Portland. I enjoy outdoor activities, going out, art, music, and eating great healthy food :) I was hoping someone could give me some feedback on a neighborhood that would be good place to move to in Portland. I would love some advice. Thank you!


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Happy Valley, OR

Great Arts Climate - 10/10/2014

Portland makes the arts accessible to everyone. All ages, all incomes. There are amazing opportunities to enjoy music, theater, visual arts, crafts across cultures and ethinicities.

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Angel

Portland is only good for a very few - 10/7/2014

I've lived in Portland off and on for years since the mid-1970s (been here taking care of family). Portland as a whole likes to believe it's very "livable", and "cool", and "weird", but Portland is mostly just self-congratulation and conformity. It's just an odd city little city that still hasn't become what it claims it has been all along. Like most places, most of Portland hasn't recovered from the Great Recession. For example, more and more jobs here require a college degree for work that doesn't require a college education (I've seen receptionist jobs requiring a 4 year degree), and want to pay you $12 an hour part time. Portland's biggest problem, however, is that Portland's economy was ridiculous even before the Great Recession - and it had been even back into the 1970s. It's just not ever been able to be a "big player" like Seattle or San Francisco, and never been able to attract much industry/tech that actually puts good money into the local economy (e.g., sure, Nike is here - but the people making Nike shoes are thousands of miles away being paid slave wages). This never changes about Portland, and all the bluster and bragging from the local government, et al, doesn't change that. So unless you are already a person of money, don't come expecting to do well or find a good job here. Could it happen? Sure it could. But you could win big playing Bingo at the casino, too. Portland, despite it's love of "diversity", is just as guilty as everyone else of demanding conformity to whatever ideal is held by a person at the time. I've been in bike shops where bike repair techs make speeches about how "fat" people are destroying the world. I've been in "diversity" trainings where the "liberal" instructor would only recognize certain groups as part of the "diversity" of the human world and USA culture. I overheard a well-off hipster neighbor accusing a working class tenant of being "classist" because she didn't agree with the hipster's politics. Again - it's all ridiculous. But it's Portland. Note too that the cost of living here is high, especially housing. Not as bad as Seattle or San Fran, but high enough that you are going to pay most of your income for rent on even a basic or crappy place (which is going to hurt even more if all you can get for a job here is part time low wage). You can also save money by living with a lot of roommates, if you don't mind living like you are 20 years old your whole life. This is just Portland. Add to all this that too many people here think that if you are offended by their intentional body odor you are "oppressing" them, that many people here over-smoke so much marijuana that a good deal of their brain cells are gone, and that people who drive $60,000 vehicles and live in $400,000 are the top pushers of "simple living" and "environmental" protection - and it all adds up to Portland. So, if you love marijuana, radical left or right politics, don't mind a crappy economy, and don't mind listening to a lot of blowhards talk constantly about how "great" and "weird" and "booming" it is here, come to Portland. Otherwise, you'd find more what you're looking for elsewhere.

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Danna
Bend, OR

Rain - 9/24/2014

Rain, Rain, Rain.

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john
Portland, OR

You can do most anything you can think of within a - 8/21/2014

From laser tag to live music, Portland is located within a few minutes drive to most any activity you can think of. There are smaller venues playing local bands all the way up to the MODA center which hosts the national phenoms. Within a 2 hour drive from portland you can find camping, fishing, skiing, ocean activities, lakes and rivers,hiking and any other outdoor activity you can imagine. Within a few hours you have great wolf Lodge, two state fairgrounds, multiple casinos, and plenty of night life for the adults. Traffic is bad on I205 and I5 from about 8am till 7pm, and the rain sucks, but other than that Portland is a wonderful place to live.

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Want to move
Portland, OR

I want to move, but don't think Portland is bad as - 5/26/2014

I've lived in Portland for 10 years and I do want to move, but mostly because of the weather and my severe outdoor allergies. If you have any outdoor allergies stay away!! I have lived all over the United States and trust me there are worse places to live. It is very liberal here so if you are conservative or have negative thoughts about groups of people you should probably keep it to yourself. Bring a lot of money with you it's expensive. I was in good financial shape when I moved here and now I'm in terrible financial shape, of course we did just go through a terrible recession. Keep Portland Weird is mostly men dressed in drag, they are mostly harmless. I work downtown and there are a lot of homeless. It drizzles here most of the year. Drip, drip, drip. It's overcast and humid most of the time. There is only about two months of good weather here if you're lucky. When there is a random few days of good weather it feels like a miracle. You really have to watch out for the pedestrians and people on bikes. They don't obey the traffic laws and if you hit one with your car it is your fault no matter what they are doing. If you have money there is all kinds of stuff to do here. So the bottom line is if you have money and don't mind never seeing the sun and being damp and chilly all the time Portland isn't such a bad place.

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Starbuck
Fallbrook, CA

Portland, Oregon is a Nightmare Weird - 4/25/2014

After reading a few of the reviews about Portland, had to enter my response. Yes, it is the most weirdest place and corrupt for that matter than anywhere else I have lived. If you are planning to move here be careful what you say to people as the people of Portland are always in a bad mood (undoubtedly due to the rain) and don't even know it and do not under any circumstance sign one of Oregon's non competition contracts if you are working for a company. Lawyers are corrupt to the hilt in Oregon and buy off judges at a moments notice to get their way in court and the biggest kicker of all. Don't ever catch a pedophile in Oregon molesting some child; you will be sorry as the police protect these deviant people at all costs including Catholic priests. Just do some research on line for all the information about this subject in Portland. I believe the Oregon constitution's main jist is the protection of deviant lifestyles and police are ordered not to intervene if though they have committed crimes against normal people. Portland,Oregon, yes, is a very weird place... whacky, delusional, corrupt.... stay away at all costs if you value your finances and sanity.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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Alex
Portland, OR

It's raining out there - 1/12/2014

Portland is raining ran.

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Jay
Leander, TX

Portland is great - 9/26/2013

I really like Portland and I even like Seattle a lot too both cities looks alike. It's beautiful in Portland and the smaller towns around Portland is very nice. Weather is nice all the time never too cold or too hot it's can be a little too warm in summer sometimes and a little humid but it's not bad at all because it's only a week or two in summer. In winter it's rainy a lot sometimes and some years will be different it's will be rainy too much in winter and some years will get less rain than some other years but it's just light rain most of the time and it's can be a little heavy sometimes. Not very cold in winter it's very mild compare to Denver, and Chicago. Denver gets bitter cold in winter and Portland is no where nearly that cold. Spring, summer and early fall is awesome weather here some summer can be sunny everyday for three months and not see a cloud and some summer can have a few more cloudy days than other summers. But it's beautiful in those three seasons. There is some sunny days in winter but it's mostly cloudy days with rain. The job market is great in portland area and economy is doing better and doing good I hope it's stays good because three or four years ago it's was doing a little bad but better than rest of country. Tons of things to do in the state of Oregon and in Portland too. Lots of bike and walking trails. A lot of clean safe campgrounds and mostly along the coast of Oregon. There are campgrounds close to Portland that are great to camp. A lot of sight seeing all over town and leaving town on way to ocean or to the cascade mountains. The people there are very nice and not everyone is nice but a lot nicer than most cities in this country I guess it's has something to do with people liking it in Oregon a lot and that what makes people happy and friendly there. I love the pacific northwest united state it's my favorite part of the country, because of good weather nice folks and very good foods like seafoods and beautiful there. Thank you for reading my comment.

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Mickey
Portland, OR

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

I've finally left Portland after being seduced by the NY Times articles and short visits to check it out. Boy was I duped. I quickly grew tired of the phony shop keepers asking me about my weekend plans--you don't know me and why would you care? Tired of the icy coldness of the general public--unless your a "Proud Oregionian" they would much prefer you not move to their state. I grew tired of being asked why I moved there and fear that I might be taking a job away from one of their own. Guess what? I wasn't taking your job. I brought my own. I ate in your restaurants and hired your people. I paid property taxes and contributed to your overall economy. I'm educated with a post-graduate degree. I shower and I have all of my teeth (meth addicts everywhere). I qyuickly grew weary of the holier than though Christian fundamentalists. I've never seen so many businesses advertise the scriptures on their websites. The incidence of DUIs was appalling. I felt like I was in the Ozarks for much of the time. Portland thinks they are a big city with world class restaurants. That is laffable. No, I dont like bone marrow ice cream. Good riddance Portland. I'm heading home where the people have brain cells, shower and smile and mean it. Oh, and the majority have their teeth.

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Mickey
Portland, OR

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

I've finally left Portland after being seduced by the NY Times articles and short visits to check it out. Boy was I duped. I quickly grew tired of the phony shop keepers asking me about my weekend plans--you don't know me and why would you care? Tired of the icy coldness of the general public--unless your a "Proud Oregionian" they would much prefer you not move to their state. I grew tired of being asked why I moved there and fear that I might be taking a job away from one of their own. Guess what? I wasn't taking your job. I brought my own. I ate in your restaurants and hired your people. I paid property taxes and contributed to your overall economy. I'm educated with a post-graduate degree. I shower and I have all of my teeth (meth addicts everywhere). I qyuickly grew weary of the holier than though Christian fundamentalists. I've never seen so many businesses advertise the scriptures on their websites. The incidence of DUIs was appalling. I felt like I was in the Ozarks for much of the time. Portland thinks they are a big city with world class restaurants. That is laffable. No, I dont like bone marrow ice cream. Good riddance Portland. I'm heading home where the people have brain cells, shower and smile and mean it. Oh, and the majority have their teeth.

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D.C.
Portland, OR

Outstanding music scene - 7/2/2013

Portland has a great music scene. The Waterfront Blues Festival is the crown jewel.

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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. While this has been positive economically for the ruling real-estate owning class, and a few others, it has made Portland even more unaffordable for middle and low income people and has helped to promote Portland's singular cultural agenda of priveledged, self-aggrandizing, "white" 20-40 somethings. Property taxes are high and the real-estate market is very tight at the moment. This makes it ripe for people who already have money being able to control land ownership. Renting here is therefore a nightmare. There are few rules protecting renters i.e. no fair, plain-language lease agreement, no rules about security deposits or cleaning fees, and no rules about property upkeep and maintenance. Be prepared to pay way too much for way too little if you are a renter. Also, be prepared to deal with landlords that have no motivation to work with tennants. Most landlords raise your rent here on a yearly if 1/2 yearly basis. Many younger people here rent homes with a large group of friends to make renting more affordable, which is OK if you want to continue to live in a college-type dorm situation well into your 20's and 30's. 1BRs on the edge of the nicer areas of town are at least $700/mo. If you want to be in the middle of town expect to nearly double that. imo there is a tradition here of treating renters as an underclass. i.e. renters are poor people or criminals and there must be something wrong with them if they can not afford a home. There is an anti-business and development stance here. Portland wants to promote small businesses and there is a small businees mind set amongst the populous because the people are, in-general, anti-corporate. People like to be "crafty" and start businesses or etsy accounts selling handmade soaps and candles that they sell at 500% mark-up. The people here seem to believe that just because something is local it is better (food or otherwise). The infrastructure here is crumbling. The interstates and highways are rutted. Literally, troughs on major freeways which drain water poorly in a place with a significant number of rain days during the winter months. The state / city spends its money on bike lanes and allows drivers to have chains and studded tires on their vehicles and time of year regardless of the weather. It almost never snows in the valley where Portland sits but people in outlying areas legitimately need chains or studs because the roads are not salted. That being said, many many people in the city use these anti-slip tools on their cars and have no need for them. Further, the roads are almost all made of basalt which is a highy weatherable porous rock, ergo the roads stink. The driving also is dangerous because the drivers ride in the left lane without passing and are indecisive and tentative in their decision making. I've also never seen so many people using their cell phones. The rude jerks in Philadelphia weren't even this bad with their phones. Also, student driving is not taught in Oregon high-schools. Public transportation is pretty good in the city. The train lines move very slowly on the east side of town and in the downtown area; like some European cities. Busses go most everywhere and stop too often, imo. People don't seem to think they should have to walk at all if they are taking public trans. Only about 1/2 of the busses are air-conditioned but this is rarely an issue. Although, it might help with the overwhelming smell of marijuana and hobo that permeates many a buss ride here. People here have a limited work ethic. They seem to not take their work seriously. Customer service is very poor, particularly in restaurants. The people are generally friendly, compared to the east coast cities, but they are also incredibly passive aggresive. They are afraid to be direct and honest. Many people here work part-time. I believe this accounts for the positive recent employment numbers here. Without full-time work or the desire to obtain full time work the average person here remains relatively poor and the city and state continue to collect less and less taxes despite high indiviual income tax rates. I saw another comment about the spending on schools here. I can only say that regardless of the dollars spent only certain schools are taken care-of. Not surprisingly the schools in the affluent neighborhoods look very differnt on the outside and have very different achievement records on the inside, than schools in poorer formerly black neighborhoods. If Portland spent equally on all of its schools and if it cared about improving the situation of its lower-income students Jefferson high school would not resemble an urban county jail. This gets at the crux of the situation in Portland. 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.

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Hudson
Portland, OR

Beer & Board games - 4/23/2013

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

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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.

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Paul
Portland, OR

Cloudy - 3/7/2013

There are many things to like about Portland. It's a very walkable city, with lots of eateries, bars, and nightlife. And the people here are incredibly nice. The big challenge is weather-related. Not rain, really, as it doesn't flat out rain as much as you might expect. But the percentage of cloudy/overcast days is really quite sizable, except during the summer months. The rest of the year there are an awful lot of cloudy days. Having just recently relocated from Singapore, where it's sunny almost nonstop, I've found that transition to be quite challenging.

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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.

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Alex
West Linn, OR

bla bla bla - 1/5/2013

I don't want to review my state.

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