Portland, Oregon 

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Moved from Tx to Portland love portland! - 10/14/2020
Moved here to portland, recently, from houston texas. I was lucky to have lived in a trans friendly area in texas (Montrose) but new landlord decided to “remodel” a few apartments ( in the middle of a pandemic because apparently that’s the best time to kick people out who’ve never missed a days tent in 20years) and of course Texas doesn’t protect renters at all so we were SOL. Decided since the trucks already packed, and Texas is so repressive to trans people , to keep on moving and moved on to Portland!... and so far so good! I’m not far from downtown (nob hill) but it’s quite peaceful here, I know downtown is a little crazy right now and most just wish the cops would stop being so brutal and rioting every night and tear gassing neighborhoods where people are trying to sleep. And Most I’ve met just wish the racists and fascists would stop coming from their redneck towns stirring up crap in portland (where they don’t live. ) And that police would learn the meaning of the word “ Read More

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A city like no other - 9/29/2020
Seeing that the 2 star reviews are all from 2020 I'm wondering if they're all legitimate. Portland is a very unique city. The unofficial slogan is Keep Portland Weird. It's a different city and the residents are proud of that. There's a lot of homelessness, but morning more than many other major cities of it's size. It's a great city for walking. Downtown is beautiful. People are friendly. Some great things about Portland that you don't find anywhere: there's a book store that takes up an entire city block and is multiple levels, it's called Powell's and it's on Burnside. The music/concert scene is amazing with many small clubs hosting affordable shows. The beer... Oh the beer! If you're a beer fan, you'll love Portland! There are also many great, unique cafes. The weather... That could be a pro or con depending on your preference, but you get 4 seasons with nothing too dramatic, though there is A LOT of rain. But thanks to that rain Portland has amazingly clean air!!! I grew up Read More

Portland sucks - 9/27/2020
Portland Oregon is a massive slumhole. I’ve been here 6 months and I’m leaving. Homeless people is a very serious problem here, it’s not that their homeless it’s that their mentally insane they just start screaming at you for no reason. I smell piss as soon as I walk out of my apt. We’re sick of the rioting and the violence that’s a big issue. People here are extreme you can’t even voice your opinion the people jump down your throat. And the people do not know how to mind their own damn business. They butt in to your conversation. Their tyrants. Cost of living is too high you can’t buy a home Read More

No job market, bad weather, narcissists, white - 9/21/2020
Lived there for 12 years. A nest of narcissists. Awful scene, near total lack of decency, honesty, and integrity among the "adult" population. Was propositioned 8 times for unsolicited sex, the subject of rumor-mongering (I guess because I said no), and generally a witness to mutual masterbatory behavior by egotistical narcissistic types with no regard for anyone but themselves and their "climb to fame." Also, the weather sucks, not just the culture; and there is no job market. NOT Read More

2 stars, trending downward - 8/25/2020
Moved to PDX in 73. It was an old grey town on the river. Still is. Just less enjoyable, more crowded, traffic poorly planned, a case of urban planners plying their dubious trade on silly lefties who continue to vote levy upon levy on themselves to create an unaffordable city they love to tout in self-congratulatory tones Portland has become a parody, a sad tragic burlesque of what it once was---a folksy weird place where we enjoyed a true open environment that let folks live their lives w/o the stalinist conforming that has made this a one-party town. I've lived here in NEP 97213 for 48 years. I'm grieving the loss of this once lovely place that is slowly drowning in the miasma of gloom it has reaped by pursuing its ill thought-out policies----political, economic, financial, personal. I came to this site to do some comparisons to other cities, as I'm preparing to find a new place to live. Perhaps, in 20---30 years, this area will realize what a hole they've dug, and will Read More

trendiness and homelessness plague - 7/9/2020
Lived there 5 years and couldn't wait to leave. No place I'd rather be than the PNW in the summer, but doesn't make up for the other 9 months of cold gray. If you love going out to trendy theme shops ("did you see the new surf-hat-coffee shop on Sandy??!", "Dude, check out the new wooden spoon-coffee shop") and homeless people doing drugs and pooping on your driveway (under your trash can so you wouldn't find it until it was welded to the cement days later) then you're in Read More

Expensive but amazingly beautiful - 6/12/2020
First off I will say that I just looked up 12 major cities on this site and they all had 2 stars so I think people come here to complain more than to enlighten.
I lived in Portland for 19 years before having to move to Austin TX because of my husband's job. Before Oregon we lived in the Bay Area for 4 years and in Boise ID before that (born in Idaho). I miss Portland a lot. Mostly because of the friends and neighbors and proximity to family but also because of the city and the Pacific Northwest in general. I will admit though that I wanted to move for the first two years we lived there because of the lack of sun. Eventually I found that I could manage my mental health struggles (depression and anxiety) with exercise, clean diet and just making myself go outside for vitamin D exposure every chance I got. With climate change Portland seems to be less cloudy than it used to be but maybe that's just my perception. There is no doubt about it though, it is not sunny San Diego. Because Read More

What if San Francisco and Sacramento had a baby? - 4/9/2020
Such a beautiful city to visit. I wish I could have given more stars but the economy is weak. So if someone said earlier come here with a will paying steady job and you should be fine. The city touts itself as progressive and diverse, but it's not really it's mostly white. Not racist like Trump supporters but implicitly biased just the same. Maybe I will reconsider when I retire in a few Read More

Pretty to visit, come with a well paying job - 2/24/2020
Come here with a well paying job lined up already and prepare for rain, but more of a misty rain, not real rain. I've lived in several cities across the US and they all have their own pros and cons, this is only my opinions compared to other places I have lived.
The job market in Portland is odd in that there are plenty of jobs but not plenty of well paying jobs to offset the cost of living. Consequently you have a large population base that would love to have everything for free. On the other hand, there are a few large employers who do pay well, if you can get in the door. These are the same companies that have large legal departments that get them out of paying the large amount of taxes levied on the smaller businesses and employees in Oregon. If you enjoy the outdoors, there is no place prettier then the gorge when its sunny. So you have 3 months of the year when everyone that owns a camper gets to a campground every weekend. Lots of hiking to enjoy. A freezing cold Read More

Used to be a nice place to live - 2/18/2020
I moved into the area more than 30 years ago. Coming from the Midwest, which I thought was pretty hick, although I liked it, the first thing I said when I arrived was dang, this place is more hick than the Midwest - sort of meant as a back-handed compliment. I really wanted to just find a lovely place with a pleasant, and not extreme, climate. This was it.

But as the years have gone by and layer upon layer of oppressive government and endless fees and taxes have piled up I am ready to move on. The Portland schools were not good, and it was an open secret that bad teachers were shuffled to the minority schools and any good ones were moved to serve the more affluent neighborhoods - still going on today.

We moved to Happy Valley, which had much, much, much better schools for our kids and lower taxes and cheaper housing prices. When our kids went to college the universities they applied at commented that they were coming from a top-notch school system and Read More

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