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Old 01-06-2010, 07:24 AM
Location: Portland, OR
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Originally Posted by figmalt View Post
For a better understanding of school funding in Oregon, check out these links:
Access Quality Education: Oregon Litigation

I did not know that information. Thanks for the links.

I will need to read them a couple of times to extract more details.

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Old 01-09-2010, 08:31 AM
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Getting back to what the OP asked about...I'm a die-hard city person myself, but I don't hate the suburbs -- I think they are great for a lot of people. Given the OPs budget and that fact that she has children, I don't think she's going to find the space she is looking for in a nice area in the Portland city limits.

I would suggest she focus on Washington County - especially Beaverton, parts of Hillsboro, maybe Tigard and Tualatin. Lots of techie types out there, pretty easy to get into Portland when you want to, and by the way, the suburbs are not all bastions of bland homogeneity that some people make them out to be. Beaverton and Hillsboro have a lot of ethnic diversity, as least as far as Oregon goes - arguably more than Portland itself. If you want good Indian food in this area for example, you have to go to a strip mall in Hillsboro. The Indian restaurants in the city are mostly terrible. One of the most highly regarded Japanese restaurants is in a strip mall in Beaverton.
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Old 02-23-2010, 10:06 PM
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Default Portland

I grew up in L.A. and Portland is a breeze to get around. If you can stand the rain for a few months out of the year then you will love Portland. It certainly has its quirks but everyone seems to stay true to the saying, "Keep Portland Weird".

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Old 02-24-2010, 12:33 PM
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If you want a surbaban experience, I think Tigard and Tualatin are great as long as you keep fairly close to I-5. I find Beaverton and Hillsboro rather difficult to get around because of the lights and traffic. My personal opinion would be to not stray too far into Beaverton or Hillsboro unless your jobs are there. From Tigard or Tualatin it is 15-20 minutes into downtown and you can easily commute to downtown, Lake Oswego, Beaverton, Hillsboro and most of the southeast part of the city without much problem. We lived in Tigard for a little over a year in a great neighborhood and we enjoyed it a lot.

As to safety - I think Portland is BY FAR the safest metro area I have been to and lived in. There is very little violent crime in this city compared to most others of similar or larger size. The bulk of the crime in this city tends to be vandalism or theft type crimes like car burglary. I have never heard of a hate crime here and the murders, assaults, etc are not prevalent.
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