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Old 11-15-2014, 04:56 PM
 
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There's a joke about that in the show Portlandia, and I think there's a lot of truth to the idea that Portland is stuck twenty years in the past. On the bad side the infrastructure here (the roads, heating and cooling in apartments, etc) tends to be dated and inadequate and the food is not nearly as yummy as it is in a lot of other parts of the country. In the past American food was a lot less good and variable in general and to a large extent this is still the case in Portland.

On the good side Portland still has a lot of bookstores, independent markets and record shops, something that's been replaced by the Internet and Walmart in most of the rest of the country.
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Old 11-15-2014, 05:50 PM
 
Location: bend oregon
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it feels like a regular west coast city. you get around with cars and busses
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Old 11-15-2014, 05:56 PM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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The OP is a bit too generalized and inaccurate. Do I think Portland is stuck in the past? NO.

Heating and cooling in apartments don't really matter when it comes to the quality of a city. Most apartments in Brooklyn didn't have AC and relied on boilers for heating, but no one would consider Brooklyn stuck in the past for this reason.

I personally love northwest food and miss it when I am in other parts of the country, the OP might have different tastes and prefer food that they are more familiar with in other parts of the country.

Portland is a great place for reading and supporting local businesses and it shows in just about every commercial strip in the city.
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Old 11-16-2014, 11:34 AM
 
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Not really. I actually feel like most of the rest of the country feels stuck in the past compared to PDX and Seattle. Like for instance there's a handful of new stuff in LA but most of it still looks like Jack Tripper's neighborhood. If you want to see where the dream of the 90s is really alive, check out Minneapolis.

Portland does feel different than most places in the USA, though. To me it feels like a city you would find in Canada or Australia.

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Old 11-16-2014, 11:43 AM
 
Location: bend oregon
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it doesnt have a rich vibe like a cali city
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Old 11-16-2014, 02:51 PM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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it doesnt have a rich vibe like a cali city
Thank god, hopefully the city will never have that rich california vibe.
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Old 11-16-2014, 07:49 PM
 
Location: Portlandia, OR
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Yeah, I'll have to agree...thank god we don't have a "cali" vibe. I love it here just as it is. Yes, at times, it can feel a bit like the 90's...and there is nothing wrong with that!
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Old 11-16-2014, 09:00 PM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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Stuck in the past in a good way, while working toward a community that responds to the future.
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Old 11-16-2014, 10:09 PM
 
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"whilst working toward a community that responds to the future."
Yeah, they've been saying that for decades. If they haven't started making headway by now, forget it.

Know what Woody Guthrie said about Portland clear back in the 1930s?
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"Portland is a place where rich ones run away to settle down and grow flowers and shrubbery to hide them from the massacres they've caused. Portland is the rose garden town where the red, brown, blackshirt cops ride up and down to show you their finest horses and saddles and gunmetal. Mentally Portland is the deadest spot you ever walked through. She's a good 30 years behind Seattle".
That was about 80 years ago.

Too bad some things never change.
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Old 11-16-2014, 10:11 PM
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Thank god, hopefully the city will never have that rich california vibe.
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