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View Poll Results: Denver vs Portland
Denver 30 57.69%
Portland 22 42.31%
Voters: 52. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 06-05-2015, 02:14 PM
 
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Criterias include but not limited to:

nightlife
culture
shopping
dining
scenery
outdoor activities
crime rate
economy
people
weather
quality of life
Portland
Denver
Don't care
Portland
Denver
Denver
Don't care
Don't care
Denver
Denver
same

Over all I take Denver, but my list is weighted.
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Old 06-05-2015, 03:19 PM
 
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I think Portland has better overall dining and nightlife, and I like Portland's urban/pedestrian landscape in the Downtown and surrounding areas more than Denver. Even east of the river in Portland - where it's generally more suburban and single-family oriented - there are a number of pedestrian-oriented corridors that go for several miles, so walking and biking to amenities is pretty easy.

From an urban planning perspective, Portland's Downtown area wins handily. It has smaller blocks, bigger sidewalks, more narrow roadways, and a more consistent streetwall of pedestrian-friendly retail, restaurants, shops, etc. For an American city, it really is one of the best downtown areas for pedestrians. It's a great place to stroll around and stop off at a cafe, bar, bookstore, etc. It's also nice how Downtown flows directly into similarly pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods like Old Town, the Pearl District, Nob Hill, etc.

Denver's Downtown is nice, and it's taller with more of a big city feel, but overall it's not as pedestrian friendly, or as fun and funky as Portland's. The adjacent urban areas (Highland Park, North Capitol Hill, etc) don't flow as neatly into downtown. The outer suburban areas are generally more sprawly and less human-scale than Portland's outer suburban areas (although Denver does have more concentrated nodes of activity outside of the urban core).

Shopping, outdoor activities, and economy are better in Denver (although Portland is also great for outdoor activities). In general, aside from restaurants and bars (which are pretty much Portland's main thing), Denver has better overall big city amenities like shopping, sports, cultural institutions, etc. For all its urban planning virtues and seemingly endless plethora of restaurants and bars, Portland does begin to feel like a small town fairly quickly. Denver feels more dynamic and cosmopolitan in the true sense of the word.

The X factor for me, though, is the people. I like the mentality of the people in Denver more. I hate to generalize (but I will), and there are a lot of very good people in Portland, but there is a general smugness that I just don't care for there. People are friendly and actually fairly outgoing (moreso than Seattle and much of the Bay Area even), but there is a just a prevalent smug mentality - not just among the hipsters, but even the uneducated townies and rednecks.

There are a lot of interesting people and characters, for sure, but I get irritated with how not down-to-earth everything can feel at times. Denver has some of the same elements, but overall people are less smug and more down-to-earth from my experience.

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Old 06-05-2015, 03:35 PM
 
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Denver is in a whole different league compared to Portland. Portland is still a baby compared to Denver.
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Old 06-06-2015, 03:14 PM
 
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The X factor for me, though, is the people. I like the mentality of the people in Denver more. I hate to generalize (but I will), and there are a lot of very good people in Portland, but there is a general smugness that I just don't care for there. People are friendly and actually fairly outgoing (moreso than Seattle and much of the Bay Area even), but there is a just a prevalent smug mentality - not just among the hipsters, but even the uneducated townies and rednecks.

There are a lot of interesting people and characters, for sure, but I get irritated with how not down-to-earth everything can feel at times. Denver has some of the same elements, but overall people are less smug and more down-to-earth from my experience.
I think what annoys me about Portlanders is they act like the city is super progressive even though in many ways it's not. For example the lack of air conditioning and paved roads, and the fact the north/eastern half of the city looks like a complete dump while the inner part is like Disneyland for adults, a shocking amount of homelessness. Portland is also very anti-labor and has an underlying streak of rich white supremacy beneath the PC sheen. It's only left wing when it comes to gender, the environment and animals.
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Old 06-06-2015, 04:09 PM
 
Location: Tualatin Oregon
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Denver is in a whole different league compared to Portland. Portland is still a baby compared to Denver.
For what?

seriously

Ever been to a REAL big city?
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Old 06-06-2015, 04:20 PM
 
Location: Tualatin Oregon
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I think what annoys me about Portlanders is they act like the city is super progressive even though in many ways it's not. For example the lack of air conditioning and paved roads, and the fact the north/eastern half of the city looks like a complete dump while the inner part is like Disneyland for adults, a shocking amount of homelessness. Portland is also very anti-labor and has an underlying streak of rich white supremacy beneath the PC sheen. It's only left wing when it comes to gender, the environment and animals.
If you think thats bad you should visit our nations capital
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Old 06-06-2015, 04:35 PM
 
Location: Tualatin Oregon
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Portland
Denver
Don't care
Portland
Denver
Denver
Don't care
Don't care
Denver
Denver
same

Over all I take Denver, but my list is weighted.
wheres the beaches and rivers?
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Old 06-06-2015, 06:20 PM
 
Location: Tualatin Oregon
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For what?

seriously

Ever been to a REAL big city?
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Old 07-18-2015, 05:43 PM
 
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by the way, skiing and weed is not a factor for considering denver for me..
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