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Old 03-06-2009, 10:52 AM
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I have also been considering both Portland and Louisville as places to move - either would depend on a job offer, but I have looked at both. I have spent more time in Portland and been closer to getting a job offer there, so here are 2 comments I would have about Portland:

1. Portland is definitely more expensive than Louisville, especially if you want to live in a school district that is considered better. Places like Beaverton, Tualitin and Tigard are nice, but more expensive than other areas that aren't rated as highly for schools - Lake Oswego is the upper end of all of those. The same is true of areas within the city limits that have good schools as well. There are a few really nice older neighborhoods within the Portland school district, but those neighborhoods are expensive to live in (relative to other areas in Portland).

I don't think this pattern is different from what you will find in Louisville or any other mid to large sized city, but the dollar numbers of the costs are higher in Portland.

2. One thing to be aware of in Portland is that it is one of the worst areas in the country for meth use. That is not to say it is a problem everywhere in Portland, just that you need to be aware of it and choose where to live accordingly - The nicer areas will probably have less of a problem with this, but you will pay more to live there.

All that being said, I personally would choose Portland over Lousiville, but my reasoning includes proximity to family which bears no reflection on the cities themselves, just a fact of my my personal situation.
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Old 03-08-2009, 02:10 PM
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I definitely agree that Louisville is an aspiring Portland/Austin type city, but personally I would choose Louisville hands down.
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Old 03-09-2009, 03:57 PM
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YouTube - Five things Portland can learn from Kentucky
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Old 03-09-2009, 04:07 PM
Location: Kentucky
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That was fun! Thanks for sharing!
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Old 01-10-2010, 02:27 AM
Location: Macao
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Very interesting video. Strong accent though, and the video quality, hard to understand! But the visuals of the presentation I can catch it, and funny!
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Old 01-10-2010, 02:32 PM
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Yeah I love Louisville. Ive lived here for most of my life. It has quite a bit to offer but I would much rather live in Portland for the following reasons. Portland has better land use and urban planning, they find a way to accommodate pedestrians and cyclists while maintaining and biulding roads, the public transit is awesome!!!! There are currently 4 MAX light rail lines plus a downtown streetcar, a commuter rail line, amtrak services and even a aerial tramway while louisvilles TARC system is all bus and doesnt provide great service outside of the downtown area. There isnt even any friggin amtrak service in Louisville! The leadership in this city cant decide to build a couple of highway bridges that should have been biult in the 1960s/70s while PDX is going full speed ahead on LRT expansion.
Plus while it may be gloomy in the PDX in the winter the weather in Louisville is just plain wild at times. U want hot and humid summers, tornado warnings and to freeze ur ass off in the winter then louisville is the place 4 you. Louisville has its pluses though. Old Louisville is a really great urban neighborhood u can live in for little money. The highlands and crescent hill are a little more xpensive but better if u have kids plus they have a liberal indie vibe goin on. cherokee and iroqouis parks are very lovely and u have a substantial nightlife and restaurant scene in the ville. To Louisvilles credit its waaaaaayy better than other parts of the s**thole state of Kensucky and it has more cities to compete against such as Nashville, St Louis, Chicago Atlanta etc.
last but not least if u love high mountains and the ocean u definitely wanna reside in the PDX as its closer to both the Cascades and Pacific Ocean. Louisville is hilly in parts but its realatively distant from the Appalachians( half of which is a mine scarred and impoverished wasteland) and even more so from the Gulf and Atlantic Coasts. One of my dreams is to retire in PDX as its one of my favorite cities in America. However PDX has nothin that tops thunder over Louisville or the Kentucky Derby in the spring time whe there are just as many stargazing oppurtunities as u would find in Beverly Hills.
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