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As a transplant from the South and California for many years living in cities of 2 million plus, I've found the Portland area somewha provincial and a little too homogenous to me.
Haven't found it any more friendly than the majority of the many cities I've lived. Food is O.K. but if you cook ethnic foods, it's tough sometimes to find ingredients that you would readily find in most large cities.
Unfortunately Portland is NOT a cosmopolitan city....that would be reserved to Seattle. Look at the definition of cosmopolitan.
And beauty including the outdoors...if you've lived in the San Francisco Bay Area...Portland doesn't even compare!
And jobs...probably the least amount of opportunity I've experienced living anywhere. And many people working low or no skilled jobs rather than a highly educated workforce. Due to this one major component, I will only be here another year...just not enough opportunity to get ahead.
And the person on the radio who commented about Portlanders not facing reality...I've found the same...people here refuse to acknowledge negative things such as low employment and very low wages...and housing is not affordable compared to the low wages.
And, again, if anyone has lived in the S.F. Bay area, the "environmenalism" here is limited to a 5 mile radius of portland...and no one here carpools.
I'm very leery when I hear these P.R. campaigns about how great a place is...remember someone paid them to do marketing.
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