Posted: Jul 4, 2010 3:43 pm
I like Portland alot, even though I don't plan on living here the rest of my life.
While there's certainly aspects of living in this city that aren't gonna be for everyone, I think a lot of the criticisms I've read in this thread are overblown.
Jobs: yes, the job market is a bitch. I always say that Portland is a great place to live IF you can find a job.
Weather: I'm from the midwest originally, and while there is a lot to love about living there, the main reason I'll never move back is cause of how much I hate the fucking weather. Portland winters seem like a snap compared to sub-zero temps in the winter and 100% humidity in the summer.
Traffic: The public transportation system here is quite good (although why it doesn't run 24 hours is a total mystery to me). My wife and I have a car, but we both commute to work on the bus, it's about 10 minutes for me, and a little more than double that for her. So we spend little-to-no-time fighting traffic.
Cost Of Living: Yes, it's gotten more expensive here, but it's pretty relative. With the exception of Tacoma, Portland is still cheap compared to any other big city on the west coast. (San Francisco, LA, San Diego, Seattle, Vancouver, etc) Was able to buy a house here, which definitely would not have been an option in any of those other places.
Hipsters: It's 2010, probably time to give this one a rest. Besides, that sorta scene is really concentrated in a handful of trendy bars/restaurants/areas of town, which NO ONE has to go to if they don't want to. For example, I too hate (for the most part) the bands/crowd at places like Holocene. Which probably explains why, in the 5+ years I've lived here, I've been to the Holocene exactly once. Not my kinda scene at all, VERY easily avoided, not even worth the time it takes to complain about, really.
I can easily see why people could think of Portland as pretty homogenous, but I live in the 82nd Ave corridor, there's no shortage of racial/economic diversity 'round there parts, if that's something that's important to you.
And as an aside, I've heard the availability of drugs as a criticism of this town/the NW in general. I've never been offered hard drugs in Portland. Not once. That scene is certainly here if you're into it, but rather than being too readily available, it's been my experience that you really need to seek it out.....................