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Old 11-28-2008, 01:37 PM
 
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I heard they usually dont like Californians and I dont see it being any better for New Yorkers, especially from NYC.
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Old 11-29-2008, 12:22 AM
 
Location: Sheridan, Oregon
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Hi NYC,
I find the people in Oregon to be pretty accepting. The thing about Californians is that some of them move here and talk endlessly about how great California is and that really upsets people here, we are very loyal and proud of our state. That and the pretentiousness.
I've known some people who've moved here from NY and the east coast w/o a problem and been happy. It's a nice place to live. Portland is a small city though, are you ready for that? It's a big change from NYC!
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Old 11-29-2008, 04:29 PM
 
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Definitely ready. I hate NYC because its so big, hyperactive, and I hate being on a crowded subway almost everyday. I used to love it. I think some love it because with all this hyperactivity they may feel like they are more part of life or humanity. I used to but now i feel the opposite. But in the end its hard to be content here.

Portland might be smaller but it seems to offer quite a lot.
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Old 12-03-2008, 10:33 PM
 
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hey WWIL... I guess you kind of got your answer when only one person replied, huh? I think the hype surrounding that OR people not liking CA people thing is just that, a lot of hype. It's kind of more a joke than anything serious. I'm a transplant (from TX though, not NY or CA) and people have been wonderful to us. Actually, we did move here from CA, but we had only been in CA for a year. Anyway... I wouldn't worry about it.

One thing I personally see happening is a lot of Californians selling (or trying to sell) their really expensive properties in California, and moving up here to OR and WA and buying up land and properties, and then turning them into things that I saw when we lived in California. Perhaps if there is genuine resentment towards Californians, it stems from that. There are certainly parts of Oregon and Washington state that we have watched go from lovely forested land or older homes with lovely character and color, to condo developments or cheaply-built pseudo-craftsman wannabe homes built too small and too close together but with mad-crazy asking prices. That is very depressing to watch and live around. If I were a native Oregonian, that would hurt me... but I guess since I'm sorta new here still (going on 4 years) and because I've seen it happening much worse in other parts of the country, it doesn't really bother me as much here. It bothers me, just not as much somehow.

Anyway... I've spent some time in NYC... I felt like I couldn't breathe. I felt really dirty, like I needed a shower everytime I had gone outside. There wasn't any green... and even the parks that we did visit were not really parks like I was used to... too many people, too many paved sidewalks... too much trash. It's a really loud city. I think as long as you prepare yourself for the culture shock, you would really benefit from the change. Good luck to you!
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Old 12-04-2008, 03:41 PM
 
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I heard they usually dont like Californians and I dont see it being any better for New Yorkers, especially from NYC.
You'd be fine in Portland or any other part of Oregon.

The anti Cali thing dates back to Governor Tom McCall for reasons others have mentioned here.
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Old 12-04-2008, 04:19 PM
 
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It sounds like Portland is just what you're looking for. Portland has all the urban amenities that you want on a much smaller scale than NYC, except without the crowds, rudeness and fast pace. Downtown Portland and NW Portland are the areas with the most urban feel, but you will begin to like other parts of the city as you acclimate. I now live in NYC after living in Portland for seven years and miss it very much. It's hard to readjust to the East Coast after living out West for a long time, but the reverse is a piece of cake. The worst part of NYC is the people who think it's the greatest and every other place is inferior--and I got them in my own family, ugh ....will be out west again as soon as I can.
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