may feel small, which is part of its charm, but it is not a "small American city". The metropolitan area population ranks 22nd in the USA at about 2.2 million people.
I've lived in
all my life and I wouldn't have it any other way. If I started out living somewhere else, then I would probably end up living here later on in my life. My favorite things to do here are going to the Saturday Market, going to the poetry slams at Morning Glory every last thursday of the month, the county fair (which is sadly only once a year), going to shows and walking downtown and through the parks at night.
I had a great time in
. I went to brush something off my shoulder and it turned out to be the floor.
I've lived in
since '94 and have never seen the variety of cliques here (and I've lived on all borders up, down, and sideway with a few in-between). The hippy crap is old (I'm not just talking just the old hippies either) and if the extremists want to brag about the beauty everywhere (and it is beautiful once you're up in the trees). They need to clean-up the downtown and tell the loafers to go out east. It's a cool place, nevertheless, because of its laid-back style with people on the friendly-snobby side, but there is definitely worse out there.
I lived in
for two years and then came back to Texas. Wow -- what a mistake I made. Portland is absolutely beautiful and I'm going back. It's all about PDX!
I just returned from a road trip to
and I had a blast. The people are very cool. The environment is accessible and friendly. Found several spots to check out people from all backgrounds. My fav was a hole in wall spot called "Happy Times" - the hippie element is rich, the pool tables are free, and if you're out of town just strike up a conversation and you'll get free drinks and friendly chat. Also, a decent riverside bike path that goes for 20 or so miles.
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