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Old 08-06-2014, 02:56 PM
 
Location: Denver, Colorado U.S.A.
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Not trying to argue, but it does not seem near as isolated as cities like Denver, Boise, etc.... It is close to Seattle and Vancouver, and it also has the next few biggest cities in the state just down the road from it still within the Willamette Valley.

It is between the Seattle metro of 3.6 Million people and the metros of Eugene and Salem which add up to about 750k people.


It's population is around 600k, and the metro is over 2 million... that is similar to Denver. Living in Denver, Portland seems anything but isolated.

Again, not trying to start a fight, but coming from the perspective of living in Denver, it seems neither small nor isolated.
Denver is definitely isolated for a city its size, but metro Denver is near, if not over 3 million now. It's a much bigger city than Portland, but shares a lot of its characteristics.
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Old 08-14-2014, 08:52 AM
 
Location: Syracuse, New York
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I recently stayed in Portland for three months.

Portland has an excellent comedy scene. Portland has become a comedy hotbed. Comedians tend to be dark, moody and self-absorbed which pretty much parallels the emotional range of the town's younger populace.

Public transit was solid and Tri-Met announced it would be adding routes and improving service on the routes it already serves. The MAX is adding a new light rail line next year. I'd like to see The MAX and the bus routes continue until at least the time the bars close.

The local economy ranged from below-average to average. Medical marijuana shops and vapor shops were popping up all over the place. Gentrification is pushing the lower income population steadily east.

Gentrification has hit the point where developers are taking over the lots the food cart pods are situated on. So a main reason why people like Portland may become a victim of its own success.

The homeless and panhandling situation is way out of hand. I began to think Portland's most popular hobby was asking me for money.

Also, the city seems to base its policies on pleasing the people they'd like to attract more than pleasing the residents who are already there.

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Old 08-15-2014, 08:39 PM
 
Location: WNY (NOT NYC for the geographically challenged)
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Have always thought of it as very relaxed, liberal, artsy, but strangely have seen more than a few murder mystery stories on TV taking place there.
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Old 08-15-2014, 09:10 PM
 
Location: Phoenix Arizona
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I would like to know, what does the rest of the United States think of Portland Oregon? What are your thoughts on the city and what was your time there like?
I don't think about Portland, why do you care what people think about your town?
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Old 08-15-2014, 09:40 PM
 
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I don't think about Portland, why do you care what people think about your town?
Does it really matter?
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Old 08-15-2014, 09:40 PM
 
Location: Yakima WA
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I recently stayed in Portland for three months.

Portland has an excellent comedy scene. Portland has become a comedy hotbed. Comedians tend to be dark, moody and self-absorbed which pretty much parallels the emotional range of the town's younger populace.

Public transit was solid and Tri-Met announced it would be adding routes and improving service on the routes it already serves. The MAX is adding a new light rail line next year. I'd like to see The MAX and the bus routes continue until at least the time the bars close.

The local economy ranged from below-average to average. Medical marijuana shops and vapor shops were popping up all over the place. Gentrification is pushing the lower income population steadily east.

Gentrification has hit the point where developers are taking over the lots the food cart pods are situated on. So a main reason why people like Portland may become a victim of its own success.

The homeless and panhandling situation is way out of hand. I began to think Portland's most popular hobby was asking me for money.

Also, the city seems to base its policies on pleasing the people they'd like to attract more than pleasing the residents who are already there.
The homeless and panhandling situation has been out of control there for a long time. When I visited in the early 90s I was shocked at how much I was getting hustled, it seemed I couldn't walk a block without being approached and most were very aggressive..

Other than the homeless problem I love Portland and am due for a visit.
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Old 08-15-2014, 10:45 PM
 
Location: Phoenix Arizona
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Does it really matter?
Do you?
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Old 08-15-2014, 11:18 PM
 
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Do you?
Yes.
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Old 08-15-2014, 11:27 PM
 
Location: Phoenix Arizona
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Yes.
Super. Have a great night.
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Old 08-15-2014, 11:49 PM
 
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Super. Have a great night.
Thank you, you have a good night as well.
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