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Old 06-17-2008, 01:10 AM
 
Location: WA
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Is Portland considered an unfriendly place?
I have never found an unfriendly place... IMO if you approach people with a smile and positive attitude they are friendly 99% of the time no matter where you are.

There are people that will tell you how unfriendly people are in many places and I wonder if it is a reflection on them.

I don’t live in Portland but am there often and find the people are just people like everywhere else. I live ten or so miles north of Portland in Washington and the people are as friendly as anywhere else I have lived.
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Old 06-17-2008, 02:52 PM
 
Location: Oxygen Ln. AZ
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I also would recommend Chico, CA. We lived there for many years and loved it. We are hugging the fence and will swing both left or right depending on the issue, but Chico was fun for everyone. I did not care for the extreme right wing mentality of the upper pines, but the bay area can stay in the bay area as well, LOL. Chico really is lovely.
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Old 06-18-2008, 07:46 AM
 
Location: DC Area, for now
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I also would recommend Chico, CA. We lived there for many years and loved it. We are hugging the fence and will swing both left or right depending on the issue, but Chico was fun for everyone. I did not care for the extreme right wing mentality of the upper pines, but the bay area can stay in the bay area as well, LOL. Chico really is lovely.
True, for a CA valley town. I just don't want those hellishly hot summers anymore. Heck, I never liked them - just endured them.
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Old 06-18-2008, 12:11 PM
 
Location: Oxygen Ln. AZ
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Chico can get very hot and humid when the farmers flood the rice fields. That is probably why we adjusted to AZ heat so fast.
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Old 06-19-2008, 01:57 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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Is Portland considered an unfriendly place?
not at all... (maybe Seattle would border on that, but I don't think quite so far as to be deemed "unfriendly")

Portland is plenty friendly (congenial). Just that I have found OR to be much less tolerant to 'non-liberal' ideology. Interestingly I was in a class in Portland this AM that the prof was discussing how tough it has been on their family to adjust to PDX, when facing overt disdain for their conservative midwest value set.

WA has a much broader social acceptance policy as we have all types of folks who power the economy (From farmers to Microsoft, Boeing to Amazon, military bases to sustainable environment MBA programs)

In general, the PNW is very accepting, you just need to be cautious when communicating your values in OR if they are not in agreement with OR expressed values. They have some interesting political initiatives. I often integrate with all types doing volunteer work. As long as you are not belligerent, and avoid or not incite those who are, you will have no problem, and find friendly relationships.
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