What is it like? I was thinking about a future move there. Is is really as dreary as they say? How are the venues, economy, local music scene? Please discuss.
it is gray and dreary for about 8 months of the year. I grew up there. They do have a great music scene though. Last I heard the economy wasn't doing very well but that was a couple years ago, not sure how it is now.
boring. Been to Portland once, and did not seem quite the lively city.
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Portland is an incredibly vibrant community, but in it's own particular way.
It's definitely more laid back, so most of the partying/low-key show scene happens in basements and houses. Everyone is really personable and the music scene is incredible. They have great food...
Music venues are solid, especially for small/medium size shows. Never been to a big show down there, but worst case is you have White River and the Gorge right up the street. Lots of great bands his Portland, most I would say, and anyone that doesn't probably hits Seattle (2-2.5 hours away).
The economy has been hit pretty hard... The weather doesn't bother me, but I'm a NW native.
The locals are pretty laid back and friendly
because they are all smoking the weed or on antidepresents to help with their suicidal tendencies due to the rain.
how expensive is housing? I was looking at it as maybe a lower cost Seattle. I don't know how much longer I could take the chilly Denver winters. I am coming in on my 2nd year anniversary and I am not looking forward to those negative temps again. Maybe the next few years of Red Rocks will convince me otherwise. This year was no where near as good as last.
if your wife needs sun then you might consider eastern oregon or northern cali.
I'm hopefully on my way to Portland soon as well. I've got no problem with the rain, though I'm sure it gets a bit miserable in mid-winter. I just feel at home when I'm there. My wife's company closed shop here, so we're going to try to take it as an opportunity to get out of AZ.
Sucker, portland sucks. You need to move out of Louisville and into Denver suburbs. In all fairness Colorado winter is a bitch to those that dont ski/snowboard.
Oh fredrick!.....There are a lot of great shows in Denver too. Yeah if I didnt grow up here loving winter I would probably hate it too. If you dig portland and seattle consider Vancouver B.C. the looney is up against the dollar and its a fantastic city.
The west side suburbs seem to have a lot of bang for the buck, and it seems like the commute isn't all that bad from my very limited experience. Maybe after I live there a while it will get tiresome. I have a friend who lives in Beaverton and works right downtown, around Nob Hill. When he gets tired of the commute, he drives this road...I want to say Cornwall, but I'm not sure. It runs from out at Orenco Station in Hillsboro, up through Cedar Mills in Beaverton, and over the hill through the forest, right into downtown. SUCH a beautiful drive. It only took 15 minutes or so for me to do it, and I was probably driving extra slow because it's so wind-y and I wasn't sure where I was going. I don't think I would want to do it in the winter though, I bet it gets icy up there.
In my town, you won't find anything online under 225k, period. And anything decent is over 325k. I would bet Denver is similar, yes?
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And the Gorge is about 4 hours from Portland.
Is it true that it is also an area filled with anarchists?
Portland was just named as one of the top 20 global sustainability centers in the world, which is pretty awesome.
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