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Old 03-06-2010, 02:03 AM
 
Location: Anchorage, AK
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I've lived in Portland for 12 years and Anchorage for 9 now. In terms of safety, I'd say it is pretty similar. In Anchorage, no place really seems THAT bad compared to say ...part of L.A. or NYC, but I'd probably avoid Mountain View and parts of Fairview late at night. Same thing with Portland, most of it is fine ..but there are parts of NE Portland, and the more remote parts of SE that I would avoid after hours as well.

Beyond that the cities are just different, not sure I'd say better or worse.

Anchorage is grittier, partially because it is newer (it was a very small city until the oil boom), and because of the more extreme weather, the architecture is more about practicality than aesthetics. It actually has great amenities for a city its size (Performance Arts Center, Opera, Symphony, Ballet etc.) and a real improving food scene, but no real urban vibe and there is little housing in the downtown area. We've also done relatively well economically in recent times. The last real crash was in the late 80s.

Portland has the whole artsy, cafe culture thing happening, and real urban neighborhoods. The downtown core is clean and liveable, and one could be ok there without a car. You wouldn't want to do that here. The downside is the economy has really trended downward most of the last decade. Personally there is a lot I like about it, I could still spend days reading and drinking tea at Powell's, or going to the Coast (I had a place at Cannon Beach for a couple of years), but I do find the uber greenie, ultra p.c. "I'm a better person because I'm a bicycle riding, composting, vegan" thing pretty suffocating. We're a lot better at live and let live here ..Sarah Palin not included.
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Old 03-06-2010, 10:43 AM
 
Location: Anchorage
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I agree with most everyone, Steve really seemed to nail it.

Anchorage might very well be considered "dirty" by Portland Standards but we do have a lot more open land here as compared to many other urban areas so in the summer, there is a lot of Green. if you were to view our city from a hill top, it looks like you live in the Forest.

But because we have 7 months of snow, the trash tends to pile up and come thaw, there is a huge mess to clean up. We are blessed to have many locals that volunteer to help pick up litter once the snow is gone. (THANK YOU!!!)
And right now, it is nearly spring and so we have a lot of thaw and freeze cycles making all the snow look just disgusting! My most un-favorite part of the year. DIRTY!
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Old 03-06-2010, 10:38 PM
 
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I've lived in Portland for 12 years and Anchorage for 9 now. In terms of safety, I'd say it is pretty similar. In Anchorage, no place really seems THAT bad compared to say ...part of L.A. or NYC, but I'd probably avoid Mountain View and parts of Fairview late at night. Same thing with Portland, most of it is fine ..but there are parts of NE Portland, and the more remote parts of SE that I would avoid after hours as well.

Beyond that the cities are just different, not sure I'd say better or worse.

Anchorage is grittier, partially because it is newer (it was a very small city until the oil boom), and because of the more extreme weather, the architecture is more about practicality than aesthetics. It actually has great amenities for a city its size (Performance Arts Center, Opera, Symphony, Ballet etc.) and a real improving food scene, but no real urban vibe and there is little housing in the downtown area. We've also done relatively well economically in recent times. The last real crash was in the late 80s.

Portland has the whole artsy, cafe culture thing happening, and real urban neighborhoods. The downtown core is clean and liveable, and one could be ok there without a car. You wouldn't want to do that here. The downside is the economy has really trended downward most of the last decade. Personally there is a lot I like about it, I could still spend days reading and drinking tea at Powell's, or going to the Coast (I had a place at Cannon Beach for a couple of years), but I do find the uber greenie, ultra p.c. "I'm a better person because I'm a bicycle riding, composting, vegan" thing pretty suffocating. We're a lot better at live and let live here ..Sarah Palin not included.

Thank you Steve. That was very helpful. I guess when I think of dirty I think of Burnside downtown with the street lined with homeless people. Granted, I have a huge heart for our homeless population and I love to volunteer time to help them. The after the snow grit and dirt and I am prepared for. You very much hit the nail on the head with your suffocating comment. I do love the beautiful architecture that Portland has, but I am excited about the beautiful landscaping in AK more. I am a small town girl and moved up to Gresham, which was a shock to my system, so I am hoping to live in a smaller town on the outskirts of Anchorage. I am excited about our new adventure up there!!
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