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Old 08-17-2007, 10:47 AM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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I've been to both Portland and Houston. Lived in Seattle and Houston. My ratings (100 is the best):

1) Houston-World Class City. Low cost of living. Great arts. Great dining. Uber strong economy. Best freeway system. Best suburbs (Kingwood, The Woodlands, Sugarland, etc). 95%
2) Seattle - World Class City. Great arts. Great dining. Love the Puget Sound. Pike's Place market. Ferries. All the water surrounding Seattle. Great Arts. High cost of living (primarily housing) 94%
3) Portland. Provincial. Good arts. High cost of living (primarily housing). In Seattle's shadow. Not a World class city. 88%
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Old 09-14-2007, 06:42 PM
 
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I've been to both Portland and Houston. Lived in Seattle and Houston. My ratings (100 is the best):

1) Houston-World Class City. Low cost of living. Great arts. Great dining. Uber strong economy. Best freeway system. Best suburbs (Kingwood, The Woodlands, Sugarland, etc). 95%
2) Seattle - World Class City. Great arts. Great dining. Love the Puget Sound. Pike's Place market. Ferries. All the water surrounding Seattle. Great Arts. High cost of living (primarily housing) 94%
3) Portland. Provincial. Good arts. High cost of living (primarily housing). In Seattle's shadow. Not a World class city. 88%
When were you in Portland last?
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Old 09-15-2007, 02:00 AM
 
Location: Katy-zuela
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Portland is the smallest major city/metro on the West Coast. It is overshadowed by the California cities (LA & SF) and Seattle/Vancouver.
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Old 09-15-2007, 02:40 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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Houston and Portland are so different, like night and day. I love both cities but I enjoy Portland more. No professional baseball or football teams but so much more. Dense, walkable, public transportation is world class compared to Houston. Beautiful downtown with great shopping, restaurants and entertainment. Nordstrom, Saks and Macy's located downtown (not in a mall)with plenty of other great shops. Tons of festivals including the Mt. Hood Jazz Festival which is one of my favorite. Wonderful, clean and efficient light rail system. Beautiful breathtaking natural beauty. Great art and music scene. Close proximity to the Pacific Ocean. Galveston and Kemah are nice but they just don't come close to the Oregon coast. Plus plenty of outdoor recreation. Portland doesn't have 5 or 10 million people but size doesn't matter in some cases. 2.4 million in Portland is just fine.
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Old 09-15-2007, 11:05 AM
 
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For those of you calling Portland "provincial" I wonder if you've been here lately. It's really changed in the last five years. It's a small city, yes, but provincial doesn't describe it. I grew up in SF and it's like a smaller SF at this point.
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Old 09-15-2007, 02:18 PM
 
Location: Katy-zuela
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Nordstrom, Saks and Macy's located downtown (not in a mall)with plenty of other great shops.
Umm...we have a Macy's on Main Street.

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I grew up in SF and it's like a smaller SF at this point.
But Seattle and Portland have the disadvantage of not being in California. That's why San Francisco tops Seattle on that point. Even though they are similar, how about fulfilling the "California Dream" and living in a Pacific Northwest climate at the same time?
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Old 09-15-2007, 05:15 PM
 
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Portland is a fabulous city,I think it holds its own unique self with any place.I have lived in both places,.I am sure houston an d portland are apples and oranges,,they are much too different to compare.If you love Portland,Houston may not be for you (IMHO) I would move back to Portland,,never Houston,,,different strokes (too hot,flat,unattractive,dull-IN COMPARISON to PNW),yet Texans and heat lovers adore it and would live no where else)
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Old 09-15-2007, 05:27 PM
 
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But Seattle and Portland have the disadvantage of not being in California. That's why San Francisco tops Seattle on that point. Even though they are similar, how about fulfilling the "California Dream" and living in a Pacific Northwest climate at the same time?[/quote]


Umm...NOT being in CA is NOT a disadvantage! Why do you think so many Californians are flocking to the PNW? I'll never EVER move back to CA.
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