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Old 07-31-2011, 09:30 PM
 
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I’m considering a move to Beaverton to be near Portland. I visited PDX last year and really enjoyed it, but I think it’s too many people for me. On paper, Beaverton looks pretty nice. Also, I have friends who are moving to Beaverton in the next few months.

I’m curious to know how walkable it is. I don’t drive, and will need to get around on foot or by bus. Also, how “chainy” is it? Other than the Powell’s that’s there, are there good local options for shopping and dining out? For those who use MAX or the bus, do you find the trip into Portland to be short and convenient enough to feel like you can easily get PDX’s benefits? Does Beaverton have its own vibe about it, or is it just a cookie-cutter ‘burb?

My other consideration is moving back to Madison, WI. I lived there for six years and I know what I’m getting into with the harsh winters, but there’s a lot of charm there, and the isthmus/near-east part of town is easy to get around on foot or by bus. If you’ve lived in both places and can compare/contrast, that would be really helpful.

Thanks!
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Old 08-01-2011, 10:24 AM
 
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The downtown/Central area of Beaverton is quite walkable and bikeable, I do so all the time. I walk or bike from my house to one of the three MAX stations then commute into Portland. When I worked in Hillsboro, I just road MAX the other direction. I feel it's quite convenient to still benefit from Portland. We usually spend Date Night in Portland.

Chains exist in Beaverton, but not any worse then any other area of Portland and certainly much less then areas like Tannasbourne, Mall 205. New Seasons is right next to Powells, and there is a WinCo down from that. The Borders store is closing of course. Nearby are Safeway, Fred Meyers and Thriftway along with a Costco over by Nike. Washington Square isn't too far away if you need a mall. It's within Bike Distance, and is also serviced by WES and the Bus.

I feel Beaverton has a pretty good vibe. When I moved here about twelve years ago I swore I would hate it and would be moving as soon as I could.
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