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Old 07-24-2014, 01:12 AM
 
Location: Metro Atlanta & Savannah, GA - Corpus Christi, TX
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Only been there once and it was brief. Couldn't get to Seattle on standby so I flew to PDX instead. Rented a car to drive to Seattle. Before I started my drive on the freeway, I took a brief detour through downtown Portland. Seemed very nice. Definitely green. Cloudy. Liberal.

Seattle's cousin.. er something? Oregon's version.

Anyway, thoughts are positive.
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Old 07-24-2014, 04:37 AM
 
Location: East Mt Airy, Philadelphia
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What comes to mind when I think of Portland?
  • rose gardens
  • nice parks (and former U of Oregon track stars running in them - I swear I saw Roscoe Divine and Wade Bell there in the early 80s)
  • panhandlers, some of them weird and aggressive, almost with a sense of entitlement
  • good transit downtown
  • hills
  • nice, if not striking, residential architecture
  • rainy, and if not rainy, cloudy
  • Powell's Books (by pure luck and good fortune, I was there when Michael Chabon was plugging his children's book in 2002)
  • decent proximity to the ocean
  • excellent service and accommodations at Hotel Lucia
  • sprawl and bad traffic as soon as you get out of the downtown area
  • seeing Ursula Le Guin's house
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Old 07-24-2014, 05:09 AM
 
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Overhyped, second only to Seattle.
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Old 07-24-2014, 08:02 AM
 
Location: Austin
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What come to my mind?

Beautiful city with mild climate. Stereotyped as having constant rain for eight months but I know that's not true. Very liberal (I view that positively). Really hot gay men although my sample size was rather small. Kinda high income taxes. I don't remember the term but the urban growth boundary that limits the amount of land gobbled up each year. I've heard very positive things about the transportation and how bike friendly the city is.
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Old 07-24-2014, 08:15 AM
 
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Overhyped, second only to Seattle.
How is it over-hyped if you think it is the second best city?
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Old 07-24-2014, 08:18 AM
 
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My perception is that it is one of the better cities in the country, in one of the most beautiful areas.

I have only been there shortly but I enjoyed my visit immensely... people don't talk about it much, but if you like extreme sports, Portland is the bomb.

Kite surfing there was AWESOME!

When you guys legalize this fall, I will be back... maybe not till next summer, but I will be back to celebrate with you guys!
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Old 07-24-2014, 08:28 AM
 
Location: Minneapolis (St. Louis Park)
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I know remarkably little about the city, and somehow it seems somewhat of an afterthought since it's lumped together with other PNW cities like Seattle and Vancouver. Kind of like Milwaukee or Baltimore, and all 3 of those places are incredibly underrated!
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Old 07-24-2014, 08:38 AM
 
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I know remarkably little about the city, and somehow it seems somewhat of an afterthought since it's lumped together with other PNW cities like Seattle and Vancouver. Kind of like Milwaukee or Baltimore, and all 3 of those places are incredibly underrated!
Agreed, especially about Milwaukee, but Portland has the same underrated feel.
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Old 07-24-2014, 08:47 AM
 
Location: Terramaria
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Honestly, not much in addition to the Hollywood portrayals, though I think of it as the reward for surviving the Oregon Trail (check out nearby Oregon City for the history), along with having good planning. I honestly think of it as what Portland, Maine could have been if that city didn't have such cold winters.
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Old 07-24-2014, 09:02 AM
 
Location: Philadelphia
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Cool, laid back and progressive city with beautiful scenery and mild but cloudy weather (with maybe a dose of pretension and aloofness).
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