Used to be a nice place to live
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 were given priority over kids who might have had a higher GPA, but were from lesser districts.
But the bottom line is that this area has never seen a tax or levy they do not like, and with tolling of the freeways coming soon it is not the place I moved to, and just about every day I try to convince my wife, who grew up here, that it is time to let ANTIFA and the homeless take over and give all of these fine people something to be proud of.
The only question is, where should the next adventure start?
Thomas | Happy Valley, OR