Portland is not the "wanna-be" Seattle so many say it is. It's just a smaller town that can't be Seattle. Geographical reasons alone make it impossible. While it's true that P-town (one of the other nicknames I have yet to see mentioned here) lacks the nightlife and "opportunities" for self destructive behavior to the tune of about 50% compared to Seattle, it also lacks the shitty aspects by about the same percentage. Liberal it is, and the only guys complaining about that don't live in Portland anyway - so I say let 'em sit in the closet wearing a cowboy had & mommys panties bitching about P-Town to their hearts content.
Portland is more laid back than Seattle, this being both a good and bad thing. The obvious reasons apply. The nicest things about Portland besides foody-friendly & other interesting establishments/sites to see within city limits are the Columbia Gorge (as incredible as the Grand Canyon but in a completely different way), ocean beaches no more than about an hour west, and COMPLETE climate change (including "suddenly" bright, clear blue sky and crisp clean high desert air/surroudings) which can be found only a 2-3 hour drive over the Cascade mountain range (Central Oregon - Bend). Bend is, however, the kind of place to vacation/visit ONLY - unless you're alreay rich & have at least come close to a mid-life crisis. It's tailored (or rather it "has been remodeled to tailor") to Cali people who want 2-3 times the house/property for 2/3 of what the home in California sold for. It's a great place to retire (instead of hotter than hell Arizona), but again if you're young and still trying to figure out how to come up with your own personal pile of allmighty dollars, steer clear while in route to "anywhere but the place you just left" during the one-way destination U-Haul adventure.
Portland is a great place to live but the rain spoils it for about 60-70% of the year, so overall I think it's best for people who love lots of rain (minus the thunder & lightning which usually make rain more fun & interesting), as a second home sort of place or a great home if you're someone who likes to move every few years. Job market is decent, there are tons of illegals - some of whom are happy to serve up the exact same fantastic (and authentic) tacos you'd find south of the border... with the majority of them waiting each morning near the closest temporary employment company just dying to hop into any contractors van.
Fishing is spectacular, with 90% of the fish being caught by 10% of the fishermen (Steelhead are even smarter than Goerge W., if you can imagine that.. and also very similair because they're difficult to "catch".)
On any average day I find myself bitching about P-Town for one reason or another (the nice weather days make you forget... much like the boyfriend who stops hitting his woman just long enough to make her think she actually DOES like being stuck with him).
Anyhow, if you don't like Portland then don't live here. Personally, I think Seattle is more fun - there IS more to do but just as much rain. I think I could find as many reasons to leave Portland as I could NOT to move to Seattle - but overall it's a really chill town with a lot of easy-going, friendly people & a borderline (I stress that part) decent music scene. Worth a visit, but make sure you stay long enough to experience the annual 7 month monsoon before deciding to make it your permanent home.
J: "Did you see the forecast for Portland last night?"
A: "No, but wasn't it the same as the last three weeks? Showers today with occasional rain?"
J: "Yeah.. except it's supposed to be clear around midnight tonight and stay that way 'til around 7am tomorrow"
J: "Is that smack or hash?"
A: "Dunno... probably both"
1. A city in the northern part of Oregon, One of the only cool places in Oregon (unless you love nature) and one of the few cool places in the Northwest. It's a small city that has a good atmosphere and nice people. It ain't no mother fucking New York City but it still rules.
2. Portland, Maine
1. The City of Roses, PDX, Bridgetown, USA
2. Not as good as Portland, Oregon.
The nicest city In the United States. Lots to do for active Liberal minded outdoor folk. Laid back atomosphere. Much better than Vancouver BC or Seattle. Those two cities are rude and filled with thugs and drugs and annoying folk. Especially Vancouver, My HOME. I would like to relocate in Portland some day in the future.
Go Blazers, and then to the book store. Portland in a nutshell. Beatifull women as well.
Largest city in Oregon and the only fun place in Oregon as well, except mt hood and bend. We are all members of blazermania, but hate the team when they suck. Brandon Roy is basically god to portlanders. We hate seattle and everything to do with it. Blacks have north portland, white trash has gresham, rich whites have the west hills and lake oswego, middle class whites have Beaverton, asians have bethany amd rock creek, and the mexicans have hillsboro, it's pretty simple. We don't have sales tax and we'll do just about anything to keep it that way, even if it means taking money from the schools. We all love nature and the outdoors, most portlanders go to the beach or the mountain on weekends. 23rd is our 5th avenue. We also have burgerville, probably the best fast food restaurant ever. Portlanders are extremely proud of the city, it's pretty much the best place to live.
Key terms if your a tourist:more...
Freddies= Fred Meyer, we buy pretty much everythig from there
Civil war= football game that's basically bigger than the superbowl. U of O vs OSU
MAX= lightrail train, NEVER ride it in Gresham, you will be raped
Terrwilleger curves= at 6 in the morning and 6 at night, pretty much hell on earth
Hillsburrito= How portland solved illegal aliens, we gave the mexicans their own city to fuck around in.
Democrat= we all are, don't bother asking
Sunriver, cannon beach, and bend= our heavens on earth
1977= the year the blazers won the NBA championship, everyone knows this
Requirements in portland:
At least one article of clothing must be Nike. Adidas is not ok, reebok is non existant
Support the local breweries and coffeeshops. Although there are 40 starbucks within a mile where ever you are
Never carry an umbrella, true portlanders love the rain
Never go into voodoo doughnuts and complain about having bacon on your doughnut, that's just the way it is
If you go to the rose gardens, you are automatically labeled a tourist
Drive fast, only asians are allowed to go 55 on the highway, otherwise 70-80 is the real speed limit
NEVER HAVE AN U OF O AND OSU BUMPER STICKER ON THE SAME CAR!!!! Your car will be burned and thrown in the river
Know how to pronounce willamette and couch correctly, if mispronunced you will be thrown into the river
Portland is the largest city in Oregon and is located in the
northwestern part of the state, directly across the Columbia River from Washington.
Portland is known for its liberal politics, its many parks, independent music, independent businesses and its proximity to the Columbia River Gorge, the Cascades (Mt. Hood in particular), and the Pacific coast. Its nicknames include the City of Roses, Bridgetown, Stumptown and PDX (after the city's airport).
The city is divided into "quadrants" (there are actually 5 sections) north and south by Burnside St. and east and west by the Willamette River. North Portland is located norht of downtown, but east of the river which curves westward at that point.
Some well-known musicians from Portland include the Dandy Warhols, the Decemberists, Lifesavas, Sleater-Kinney, the Mooney Suzuki, Elliott Smith, the Shins, Stars of Track and Field, and Pink Martini. Famous authors from Portland include Chuck Palhniuk, Beverly Cleary, Ursula K. Leguin and Katherine Dunne.
Portland is located in the Willamette River Valley.
Portland, Oregon is the City of Roses
Can you smell the roses? We must be in Portland!
the indie capital of the world.
1. elliott smith, tiger trap, sleater-kinney, the shins, the decemberists, go sailor, the thermals, the gossip, viva voce, wet confetti, Stephen Malkmus, Quasi, the Softies - enough said.
2. I wanna move to Portland.
A gay or effeminate chinese man. So named after Portland Street in Manchester, England, which runs between the gay quarter and Chinatown.
Oh my God. That chinese guy has a leopardprint bag. What a Portland.