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Old 02-26-2013, 05:35 PM
 
Location: Pacific NW
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I think that Portland's half suburb, half frenemy city of Vancouver, Washington will be the area that spurs the growth of Portland metro.

Washington's laws regarding pot and gay marriage will help Vancouver grow tremendously. Vancouver has less inhibitions regarding growth.
I'm not so sure about that ... I don't think Oregon will be far behind on legalizing either of those.
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Old 02-26-2013, 05:52 PM
 
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I think that Portland's half suburb, half frenemy city of Vancouver, Washington will be the area that spurs the growth of Portland metro.

Washington's laws regarding pot and gay marriage will help Vancouver grow tremendously. Vancouver has less inhibitions regarding growth.
Clark County has already grown a lot...but the people moving there aren't going to be attracted by legal pot and gay marriage. Clark County voted against most measures, it's a conservative suburban area. It's the sort of place that attracts white people from the Oregon side of the metro tired of liberalism or priced out of the real estate market.

And Oregonians sick of income tax, though most of the jobs in the metro are on the Oregon side which is why the commute is bad going into Portland in the mornings from the north. Vancouver and Clark County also have the worst unemployment rates of any of the main counties of the Portland Metro. The real center for job growth will continue to be Washington County--though the future success or failure of Intel will play a big role in the local economy on the westside...
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Old 02-26-2013, 08:45 PM
 
Location: Tucson/Nogales
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I refer to the Pacific Northwest as not only the cloudbelt, but the earthquake belt. The entire Pacifc Rim is subject to that from Alaska to Chile. Has anyone forgotten the 7.0+ earthquake that rattled the Seattle area about 10 years ago? Not a lof of damage, but it did crack the Capital dome in Tacoma!

And, the intensity of earthquakes seems to grow more intense the furthur north you go!

I'd rather suffer an earthquake in Southern California than Oregon or Washington! Or Alaska, where the biggest earthquake in North American history struck back in 1964, a whopper 9.2!
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Old 02-26-2013, 08:51 PM
 
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I refer to the Pacific Northwest as not only the cloudbelt, but the earthquake belt. The entire Pacifc Rim is subject to that from Alaska to Chile. Has anyone forgotten the 7.0+ earthquake that rattled the Seattle area about 10 years ago? Not a lof of damage, but it did crack the Capital dome in Tacoma!

And, the intensity of earthquakes seems to grow more intense the furthur north you go!

I'd rather suffer an earthquake in Southern California than Oregon or Washington! Or Alaska, where the biggest earthquake in North American history struck back in 1964, a whopper 9.2!
I am from Seattle... but what the heck is "Capital dome in Tacoma"? If you're talking about the Nisqually quake (6.8), the only Capitol Dome that was affected was in Olympia.
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Old 02-26-2013, 09:08 PM
 
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It is important to remember that Seattle and Portland are very different even though they are just 160 miles a part and share a similar climate.

Portland is generally counter-culture, lifestyle-oriented, transit friendly, and wants to be a big town.

Seattle is much more corporate, culture-oriented, terrible traffic, and wants to be a big city.

Lumping the two together is not really accurate.

That being said, both will be attractive to new residents, mostly younger, and both will continue to grow. Perhaps not at sunbelt rates, but also keep in mind that exploding sunbelt cities have higher risks of busts, longer commutes, and many who just can't stand it anymore. Then there is the water issue, something we have not really seen yet, but could be a looming disaster in coming decades.
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