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.
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"
"Portlandia" is Portland, Oregon's most famous piece of artwork. It is the second largest copper statue in the United States. The Statue of Liberty is the first. The local joke is she looks like she's shooting dice...
Portland, Oregon at night. A view from the east side of the river, looking west. The city is famous for the number of bridges it has, and how different they are from each other.
2. Portland, Maine
2. Not as good as Portland, Oregon.
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
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.