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Portland, OR


Over 30 years the place really went downhill. - 2/23/2019
I moved in 30 years ago to a lovely 1907 home in a quiet, close-in neighborhood. It reminded me so much of NE Minneapolis I thought I was back there again. But over time the city changed in a way I haven't liked at all. If you check air quality you will see it absolutely !@#$%, and it really does. The city keeps trying to restrict the flow of traffic, and crime is pretty bad. Add in a homeless encampment on virtually every corner and it is yet another failed experiment in socialistic government (what is the saying about repeating things and expecting a different result?).

After deciding the Portland government had not even the slightest sense of fiscal responsibility, and the Portland public schools were some of the worst I've ever seen, we moved out to Happy Valley with the second lowest city tax rate in the state and really good schools. Sitting atop Mt Scott looking out at the Portland valley one thing is very apparent, the air quality really does !@#$. It is solid brown virtually every clear day we have, which with only 144 sunny days a year isn't all that often. Kids are now gone, the legislature is passing every fee and tax it can think of, housing prices are absurd (cost-of-living at 147.6 vs 100.0 nationally pretty much says it all). So even though my wife is a native Portlander and has a business here that is more than 50 years old, we have decided it is a good time to move on. I hope the weird crowd enjoys a whole lot more taxes, because they are coming your way.

Knoxville, TN


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Boring
- 2/23/2019
Move to Portland, Knoxville gets 62 more sunny days a year as I type this looking at our sixth day in a row with a fully-cloudy sky, although that does get broken up with foggy days. I actually miss Minnesota where we would go stir-crazy in the winter and get what they called cabin fever, but even then we would get an Arctic high where the wind was calm, temperatures frigid, but a beautiful blue sky. I hear that blue sky in Knoxville is lacking due to air quality and that has me rethinking our move out of Portland.

Knoxville, TN


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Knoxville is a horrible place to live in - 2/23/2019
Sounds a lot like where I live, except we constantly are being touted as one of the best places to live. Portland used to be a great city in an absolutely beautiful area. But the cost of living vs income levels has gone through the roof, and now with state rent control coming, endless gun-control measures, trying to raise an additional $2.7 billion in spending while doing noting to pay down the $30 billion in unfunded pension liabilities has caused virtually every person I know, of all political persuasions, to be saying there has to be a better place out there. This is nuts. I think it is a national epidemic of unbridled spending and an endless string of government regulations that has made people seek a place where they can live as they like. It sounds as if Knoxville has all of the common city maladies yet if you wish to go off and live your life the way you would like there is that possibility. We do not have that here. The land-use laws are very rigid and the government very powerful. And our evening news is filled with 22 minutes of death and endless problems that will all get better with just another government program and just a little more taxes to pay. But just like my returning to my homeland in Minnesota and finding it unrecognizable, you really can't ever go back home. It isn't there, and you aren't who you were when you were there.

Knoxville, TN


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A most wretched hive of scum and villainy - 2/23/2019
Thanks for the entertainment. Much better than most TV sitcoms. Waiting for the next episode. My suggestion is you do not take up writing travel guides. They tend to require something of substance in their reviews.
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