Originally Posted by RichRed
As someone who's considered living in San Diego and Portland, could you expand on why you like Portland so much better? I'm always interested in why people like or dislike certain places.
Distinct, yet moderate seasons. June-September has to be the best weather in the US....temp in the 80's...no humidity...green all through. Winters are rainy...but still have decent temperature to golf, bike, etc.
Cost of living is a HUGE plus.
Traffic....not so much.
Culture...fantastic. Arts, music scene, Zoo.
2009 World Champion Portland Trailblazers
Food....wow! Most James Beard award winning chefs in the US. Crazy cool food scene, and most very reasonably priced. (A shout out to LePigeon for those who haven't tried it!)
Neighborhoods. Portland is made up of dozens of 'community based' neighborhoods that bring a very small town feel to different pockets in the city.
Low crime rates.
Fantastic public transportation. Fantastic.
Best airport in the US.
Sustainable mindset. People get it...not so much in the tree hugging way, but in the responsible lifestyle way.
Clean air. Lots of it.
Good people. Yes, lots of freaks, but overall...people pretty genuine.
Urban coolness. Very hip downtown scene.....Pearl, Northwest, Waterfront, Lloyd.
did I mention...the most breweries per capita in the US!!!