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View Poll Results: Portland Maine? or Portland, Oregon?
Portland, Maine 86 48.86%
Portland, Oregon 90 51.14%
Voters: 176. You may not vote on this poll

 
 
Old 04-27-2010, 11:02 AM
 
Location: Seattle, WA
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Portland, OR is definitely the bigger city with more to do, so it gets my vote.
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Old 04-27-2010, 01:43 PM
 
Location: New Mexico --> Vermont in 2019
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I'm assuming the poll votes going to Maine are from the ones that don't care for big cities like Portland, OR. Either that or New England natives that haven't made it to the Pacific NW. I like both cities! Portland, Maine certainly has it's charms. It is sort of like a mini - Boston (but way more laid back than Boston). The city has an old New England seaport ambiance, historic brownstone homes, cobblestoned alleyways, and plenty of Maine lobster to go around. The city park around Portland Head lighthouse is postcard scenic with the rocky shores quintesential to the Maine coast. Sebago Lake is a 1/2 hour up the road with great camping (Portland OR doesn't have a decent lake around to swim in the summer). Old Orchard Beach is fun for kids with the amusement park and decent nightlife for a small beach town. A big city fix is only 2 hours away in Boston. In spite of Portland, Maine's size it has more to offer than other cities 4 times it's size.

I'm not going neutral though. Portland, Oregon has a lot of character and is great city with a lot of influence that other cities follow, particularly for urban planning. Portland, OR pioneered green belts and was environmentally concious before it was cool. Portland is not a super big city but the light rail system serves most every angle of the metro area. The downtown has somewhat of a European feel with streetcars and the short blocks with plenty of active retail and restaurants lining most streets. The city turned a derelect industrial section (Pearl district) and reinvented it into loft living, trendy midrise condo's, a Whole Foods store, all walking distance to the rest of downtown. The key to having a succesful downtown is having lots of residential infrastructure within it and Portland, OR has done that quite well.

As metioned by other posters, Portland OR has a pretty nasty problem with homeless, panhandlers, & runaway kids. It's freeway system leaves something to be desired as they are narrow 2-3 laners, but with the light rail in place I guess they can't have everything. The pros outweigh the cons though, this vote go's to Portland, Oregon (and I'm from New England, is that betrayal? lol.)
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Old 04-28-2010, 02:44 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX/Chicago, IL/Houston, TX/Washington, DC
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I'm assuming the poll votes going to Maine are from the ones that don't care for big cities like Portland, OR. Either that or New England natives that haven't made it to the Pacific NW. I like both cities! Portland, Maine certainly has it's charms. It is sort of like a mini - Boston (but way more laid back than Boston). The city has an old New England seaport ambiance, historic brownstone homes, cobblestoned alleyways, and plenty of Maine lobster to go around. The city park around Portland Head lighthouse is postcard scenic with the rocky shores quintesential to the Maine coast. Sebago Lake is a 1/2 hour up the road with great camping (Portland OR doesn't have a decent lake around to swim in the summer). Old Orchard Beach is fun for kids with the amusement park and decent nightlife for a small beach town. A big city fix is only 2 hours away in Boston. In spite of Portland, Maine's size it has more to offer than other cities 4 times it's size.

I'm not going neutral though. Portland, Oregon has a lot of character and is great city with a lot of influence that other cities follow, particularly for urban planning. Portland, OR pioneered green belts and was environmentally concious before it was cool. Portland is not a super big city but the light rail system serves most every angle of the metro area. The downtown has somewhat of a European feel with streetcars and the short blocks with plenty of active retail and restaurants lining most streets. The city turned a derelect industrial section (Pearl district) and reinvented it into loft living, trendy midrise condo's, a Whole Foods store, all walking distance to the rest of downtown. The key to having a succesful downtown is having lots of residential infrastructure within it and Portland, OR has done that quite well.

As metioned by other posters, Portland OR has a pretty nasty problem with homeless, panhandlers, & runaway kids. It's freeway system leaves something to be desired as they are narrow 2-3 laners, but with the light rail in place I guess they can't have everything. The pros outweigh the cons though, this vote go's to Portland, Oregon (and I'm from New England, is that betrayal? lol.)
It's basically a traditional old fashioned city versus a rapidly growing Pacific Northwestern city.

Two completely different climates, people, regions, activities, landscapes, culutre, and cityscapes.

Which makes them very ideal to compare! Once again, props on the good idea for the thread!
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Old 05-02-2010, 12:26 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA (Wanting to move) --Burlington, VT, Asheville, NC, Boulder, CO?
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Lightbulb Help! OR/ME Employment info for mental health field!

I am wondering if anyone can just briefly list a few major mental health agencies in the Portland, ME and Portland, OR areas?

Please specify if they're Maine or Oregon!

I am looking to work as a youth counselor, residential counselor, or therapeutic support worker!

Thanks!
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Old 05-02-2010, 12:32 PM
 
Location: Concrete jungle where dreams are made of.
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I lived in Portland, Maine for a little while, and a couple years ago I visited a friend Portland, Oregon. The one in Oregon seems just like a bigger version and a little more dense. It's also not nearly as cold/snowy, lol.
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Old 05-02-2010, 12:34 PM
 
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How much snow does Portland, Oregon get? Does it impact driving? I am seriously considering moving there in the future but snow is definitely a concern.

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I lived in Portland, Maine for a little while, and a couple years ago I visited a friend Portland, Oregon. The one in Oregon seems just like a bigger version and a little more dense. It's also not nearly as cold/snowy, lol.
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Old 05-02-2010, 01:35 PM
 
Location: New Mexico --> Vermont in 2019
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How much snow does Portland, Oregon get? Does it impact driving? I am seriously considering moving there in the future but snow is definitely a concern.
Winters in the Pacific NW are hit or miss. Some years it can stay cloudlocked and damp for months. Others can be El Nino influenced, mild sunny in the 50s. Portland, OR is more prone to ice storms because of the wind channel coming down the Columbia River. Portland, OR shuts down if there is mor ethan 2-3 inches of snow. However it seems cold and damp and a lot more snow & ice in Portland Maine, hardly a comparison as Oregon's winter are a lot more temperate.
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Old 05-02-2010, 05:50 PM
 
Location: Concrete jungle where dreams are made of.
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How much snow does Portland, Oregon get? Does it impact driving? I am seriously considering moving there in the future but snow is definitely a concern.

I was there in April, so it wasn't really the snow season. But I know they get less than we do on the east coast. It's WAY less than in Maine. One winter in Portland (Maine), we got nearly 5 feet of snow with -10 degrees (not including the windchill).
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Old 05-02-2010, 06:39 PM
 
Location: St Paul, MN - NJ's Gold Coast
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Portland, Oregon.
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Old 05-02-2010, 09:15 PM
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
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IMO...PORTLAND, Oregon...I like the cities attitude toward growth and it's zoning and growth ordinances; as well as its emphasis on public transportation and more "liberal" mindset.
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