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Old 07-23-2014, 01:57 PM
 
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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?
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Old 07-23-2014, 02:26 PM
 
Location: Pure Michigan!
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I've never been there, and I honestly never think about it. I'm sure it's lovely, though.
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Old 07-23-2014, 04:01 PM
 
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Probably think it's like Portlandia, but that's only a fairly small part of the city.
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Old 07-23-2014, 05:16 PM
 
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I've heard it's filled with nothing but young, entitled, rude, liberal hipsters. Can't say that's been proven wrong. At my job, some of my worst customers have been from there.
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Old 07-23-2014, 05:38 PM
 
Location: 304
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Never been, but it would seen to be an attractive city. I like modern, clean, green, with close recreation and cool architecture. I feel Portland meets than, plus has the young professional side as well. I do not like how liberal it is.
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Old 07-23-2014, 05:42 PM
 
Location: Schenectady, NY
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Never been there. No real desire to visit honestly. Only place on the west coast I'd want to visit would be Cali.
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Old 07-23-2014, 05:42 PM
 
Location: Arvada, CO
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It's nicer than many points southward, and not as nice as many points northward. Seattle/environs is much prettier.

Lots of traffic in Portland, much more than is justified. More expensive than it needs to be too.

The people are great. I do business there daily (via phone), as my boss and several employees are there.

It is definitely worth a visit for those of you who have never been to the Pacific NW before.
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Old 07-23-2014, 06:47 PM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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I drove through Portland last month, while on vacation out west. The skyline was stunning and everything looked beautiful and green. Unfortunately, I didn't get the chance to stop in the city/area and explore.

In general, people here in New England don't really know anything about Portland, or that it even exists. That's probably because people know "Portland" more commonly as the city of Portland, Maine. So, when someone here mentions "Portland," they instantly think of Portland, ME, not Portland, OR. But almost everyone has heard of Seattle. And whenever people here think of Seattle, all that comes to mind is clouds and rain. I'm not trying to degrade either of these cities, but just being honest with what people think of them. In my opinion, both cities are exciting and have a lot to offer. But I wouldn't want to live in either, because of cost of living, traffic, etc. And not so sure I could tolerate THAT much overcast and frequent rain, even if it's just drizzle, which is still annoying.
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Old 07-23-2014, 06:54 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis
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It is a lot like south and northeast Minneapolis. If I was going to move it would be on my short list.
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Old 07-23-2014, 07:58 PM
 
Location: northern Vermont - previously NM, WA, & MA
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Portland is a beautiful city with well planned urban layout, has excellent parks, better transit than most city/metros of its size, a nice downtown and some interesting architecture, lots of bridges, good food, and feels very much like a river city which is what sets it apart from Seattle in that aspect. I like that it has good density at its core and suburban elbow room surrounding it with lots of beautiful trees. When I saw Portland for the first time it sort of reminded me of Pittsburgh with the rivers, bridges, and hills. The freeways could definitely use an upgrade. I use to visit Portland and friends that live there pretty frequently when I lived up in Seattle. I loved making excursions to the Oregon coast and Columbia River gorge from there. I like Portland, though socially it's not really up my alley and I think I appreciated it more when I was in my 20's.
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