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Thanking about moving to Portland, OR

Last week I found out there may be an opportunity to transfer from where I live now, southwest burbs of Chicago, to Portland, OR. I've never been to Portland and would want to visit before I made a decision but wondered if some of you could offer any helpful information. It would be my wife, two kids, too many damn pets, and myself. What part of the metro areas would we want to avoid? Would it be better to live in Washington and cross the river? Are there questions I should be asking that I am too ignorant to know to ask?

What I know:

1. Pot is legal.
2. Your doctor can help you commit suicide if you're terminally ill.
3. You can't pump your own gas.
4. There are volcanoes.
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Last week I found out there may be an opportunity to transfer from where I live now, southwest burbs of Chicago, to Portland, OR. I've never been to Portland and would want to visit before I made a decision but wondered if some of you could offer any helpful information. It would be my wife, two kids, too many damn pets, and myself. What part of the metro areas would we want to avoid? Would it be better to live in Washington and cross the river? Are there questions I should be asking that I am too ignorant to know to ask?

What I know:

1. Pot is legal.
2. Your doctor can help you commit suicide if you're terminally ill.
3. You can't pump your own gas.
4. There are volcanoes.
More things to know:
1. Homelessness is rampant
2. Portland Public Schools is currently in a lot of hot water over not disclosing lead levels in school water fountains, nor closing said fountains
3. They proactively told us about radon levels in schools being high too - with no plan to fix
4. Housing is expensive. If you want to live in Portland proper, you're going to be paying for it.
5. living in Washington is fine - as long as you don't mind terrible traffic
6. Where is your company's location?
7. Thinking of renting? prepare to spend a shitload, and not have much choice.
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Re: Thanking about moving to Portland, OR

Originally Posted by Liver&Onions View Post
More things to know:
1. Homelessness is rampant
2. Portland Public Schools is currently in a lot of hot water over not disclosing lead levels in school water fountains, nor closing said fountains
3. They proactively told us about radon levels in schools being high too - with no plan to fix
4. Housing is expensive. If you want to live in Portland proper, you're going to be paying for it.
5. living in Washington is fine - as long as you don't mind terrible traffic
6. Where is your company's location?
7. Thinking of renting? prepare to spend a shitload, and not have much choice.
1. Isn't that pretty much the entire west coast?
2. Kid is homeschooled so that won't be an issue.
3. Nice....jerks.
4. I've been noticing that, unless you're a fair bit away from the city. Gresham?
5. On a daily basis that could be a problem.
6. Not sure where the work will be just yet, its in the very early stages.
7. We probably would initially.

Thanks for the info.
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Re: Thanking about moving to Portland, OR

Originally Posted by Mookysdad View Post
1. Isn't that pretty much the entire west coast?
2. Kid is homeschooled so that won't be an issue.
3. Nice....jerks.
4. I've been noticing that, unless you're a fair bit away from the city. Gresham?
5. On a daily basis that could be a problem.
6. Not sure where the work will be just yet, its in the very early stages.
7. We probably would initially.

Thanks for the info.
We don't talk about Gresham in our home, sorry. And if your office is either downtown or on the west side, say hello to 90+ minutes.
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Re: Thanking about moving to Portland, OR

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2. Kid is homeschooled
You'll fit right in. You may want to look into un-vaccinating him.
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You'll fit right in. You may want to look into un-vaccinating him.
Over my dead body! I may be a bit eccentric (aka crazy) but not stupid. We started homeschooling because the school district we lived in was complete shit.
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We don't talk about Gresham in our home, sorry. And if your office is either downtown or on the west side, say hello to 90+ minutes.
I'll bite, what's wrong with Gresham?

Like I said, I've never been to Portland.
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Re: Thanking about moving to Portland, OR

Gresham is like a smaller version of Tucson, AZ. But think more rain, just as much drugs, dumber people, just as many BIG trucks with DUMB dudes and haggard women in them, and a stupid mass transit train that cuts through traffic (No elevated or subways here...they cause crime according to the genius fucks in charge), making it hell during an afternoon commute.

But yeah, welcome. You'll love it in Portland.

Seriously though, why move to Portland. The housing is exponentially more expensive. Is where you're at that bad? Or maybe where you work that bad?

If you can find a home outside Gresham and Portland city limits (because Greshy and Potland basically collaborate now), you might be ok.

Try the Happy Valley area.
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Re: Thanking about moving to Portland, OR

I think Gresham is fine, even though I have not lived there, only visited a few times. One good thing about it is that it's on the East side of I5/downtown, so the traffic is less bad and it is less American-suburb than the West side.

Overall I think Portland is a nice place to live. It rains a lot, but then you have the greenery and spectacular views in many places. As for cost, I used to live in California, so I don't think Portland is all that expensive.

I don't know where you are coming from, but Portland is a good place to move to.
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Spectacular views are great, but traveling to those views...without everyone and their 10 dogs wanting to go to the same place...is another story. Even the weekends are gridlocked traffic if you have to use I-5 or the 84 going East out of Portland to say, Cascade Locks or Hood River.

Just saying, it's a lot more of an effort to get to these "ahhhhh places" than what it used to be. Due to the rain, everyone is peeping out their windows, just waiting for a few moments of sunshine and when it happens....BAM! Roadways and streets are jammed, and even getting to the local grocery store is an event. So with the few days of sun Portland does get...it's enormously crowded.

Add to this, the constant "upgrades" to roads that you'll see signs about, but never get completed.

I have an idea for Portland. Create another lane, just so you can put construction signs in that lane, and never open it up, thereby keeping the other lanes as they were and you Metro Fucks can fuck around with that special lane all fucking year long.

By the way, I was hiking once again, and the typical fucktards taking their dogs along with them hiking...and putting the dog shit in plastic bags...then throwing the bags on the side of the trail or over the trail. Now, it's becoming an awesome sight with those lovely green neon bags being seen as you progress up the trail. If you're going to let your dog take a crap organically, this is the best place to do it hiker geniuses. No bags are needed out here!

Stay classy, Portland.
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Re: Thanking about moving to Portland, OR

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Seriously though, why move to Portland. The housing is exponentially more expensive. Is where you're at that bad? Or maybe where you work that bad?

If you can find a home outside Gresham and Portland city limits (because Greshy and Potland basically collaborate now), you might be ok.

Try the Happy Valley area.
I want to move for a couple of reasons. First, the financial situation in Illinois is worse than every state except California and I believe we're given them a run for their money. The only way to fix it, especially considering the mass exodus from the state, is massive tax increases. My property taxes for a 4 bedroom, two car garage, 2600 sq ft house on 1/2 acre is over $6500 per year. I've seen many houses near me that are 50% higher and some that are more. I can't see paying more than I am. Second, I've always wanted to live in the Pacific Northwest.

Work isn't a problem. If the move happens, it will be with the same company but I will be starting up the new location.

I'm not stuck on Gresham, I just saw the name on a map.

Sean
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... Due to the rain, everyone is peeping out their windows, just waiting for a few moments of sunshine and when it happens....BAM!
So what I read about summer being pretty dry was inaccurate? That kinda sucks. I lived in Juneau, AK for awhile and didn't care for the constant rain.

Originally Posted by DVD Polizei View Post
Add to this, the constant "upgrades" to roads that you'll see signs about, but never get completed.
At least in the Chicago area we get a reprieve from road work in the winter.

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By the way, I was hiking once again, and the typical fucktards taking their dogs along with them hiking...and putting the dog shit in plastic bags...then throwing the bags on the side of the trail or over the trail. Now, it's becoming an awesome sight with those lovely green neon bags being seen as you progress up the trail. If you're going to let your dog take a crap organically, this is the best place to do it hiker geniuses. No bags are needed out here!

Stay classy, Portland.
You're telling me there are dickheads there too?
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Re: Thanking about moving to Portland, OR

Yeah.

You should be ok. If you've always wanted to experience the NW, sounds like a good opportunity for you.

What isn't too bad, is if you do find a place along the Max Train, or a good walking distance, you can take the train in the mornings and not have too much of a problem going from Gresham to downtown. Problem is coming back in the afternoons (330-530pm).

Like somebody else said, the real long commute times are when you have to get to East Portland to get to West portland or from North Portland to South or Southeast Portland. Probably like any major city I guess, but if you can stay on one side of town for work and home (like commuting from East to downtown or commuting from West to downtown), you're ahead of the game of most Portlanders.

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Re: Thanking about moving to Portland, OR

I absolutely loved living there (Vancouver) and plan on moving back within the next 6 months. Probably more north towards Seattle as there is more work up there for me but I'll look back at Portland as well. Happy valley, Beaverton etc.


I will take that over Phoenix any day. The rain really wasn't that bad. Summer's can hit high 90's which is fine. Cools down in morning and night. A few hits from beaches (cold) lol but I loved it and can't wait to get back
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Good Lord, I would be in Portland in a heartbeat over living around Chicago. Just in terms of climate alone.

1. Weed is legal and it is fantastic.
2. If your work is in Oregon there is no advantage to living in Vancouver, in terms of taxes.
3. Don't worry about volcanoes, but know that every time you cross a bridge in Oregon that they have never put in earthquake codes the bridges. Shit gonna' fall if they ever get much of an earthquake.
4. Look towards Beaverton if you are on that side of the river for work. There are other smaller suburbs in every direction that might suit you better, and may be a better buy.
5. Fucking pot is LEGAL!!!!
6. Rent in Portland proper is some of the highest in the nation and seems to still be rising. Portland is the quickest growing city in the past two years in a row. Californians are fleeing and going to Portland and Seattle, and even some of the displaced from Seattle are going to Portland.
7. They have everything you'd likely want other than an NFL team, but they seem to adopt the Seahawks.
8. A friend from back east moved here and said he hadn't noticed how much less tension there is in the PNW. He knew within 9 months that he would never move out of the NW. People are coming here because it offers a better overall quality of life. Even though they still have their problems, they don't get into Chicago type shit, so the politics shouldn't keep you away.
9. We could smoke weed together because it's legal here. I'm up for that shit, yo.
10. If you decide to visit, once you are here, go east on I-84 to Hood River, Oregon, and drive back. You'll decide you are staying as well. And don't worry about all the hippies. They're pretty harmless.
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Weed, granola, lesbians, public transport ... what's not to like?
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Re: Thanking about moving to Portland, OR

I'm just talking shit about Gresham, it's changed a lot in the 16 years I've been here - for the better.
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Re: Thanking about moving to Portland, OR

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So what I read about summer being pretty dry was inaccurate? That kinda sucks.
Nah summers are dry, average is like an inch of rain in july/august.
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I'm just talking shit about Gresham, it's changed a lot in the 16 years I've been here - for the better.
I have a high school friend who grew up in Camas, WA and she says Gresham is a lot better since the riffraff moved to Camas. She can say that without worry because she hasn't lived there in nearly 40 years.
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I'm just talking shit about Gresham, it's changed a lot in the 16 years I've been here - for the better.
Not sure where you live or how protected you might be, but the re-gentrification of Portland has pushed more gangs in to areas like Gresham and Troutdale.

If you own a home in Gresham, you might be paying more for your utilities, about $120 a year, because low-income housing legislation offset the $8 a month utility fee to be put on Gresham taxpayers. Nice, isn't it. I think it was the Measure 26-157 initiative that passed, brought about by your favorite politicians:

The Mayor of Gresham (Shane Bemis)
Gresham Chamber of Commerce
Gresham Business Coalition
Kathi Schnieder

Median income has also dropped almost 10%.

There are certainly areas that are better, but overall, I'd say the influx of low-income apartments, single-parent families with several kids, are taking over the areas nearest the Max Lines, and the city tries to "hide" these little pockets. Low-income means more crime. You cannot escape this fact. And Gresham wants homeowners to pay for all these special subsidies, just like Portland does.

In the end, the homeowner always takes it in the ass, paying for idiot programs that never work. But I suppose that's the case in any city.

At least Portlanders have a view of a mountain....
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Wait, you can't pump your own gas? Is there a reason for this? State or city rule?
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Not sure where you live or how protected you might be, but the re-gentrification of Portland has pushed more gangs in to areas like Gresham and Troutdale.
You beat me to it, I was going to write about gentrification and that there is no real "hood" in Portland anymore. And yes, a good portion of them have moved east.

We do still and probably always will have Felony Flats...
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Wait, you can't pump your own gas? Is there a reason for this? State or city rule?
It's a statewide law. Socialism in action.
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It's a statewide law. Socialism in action.
Thanks Obama.
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Wait, you can't pump your own gas? Is there a reason for this? State or city rule?
It's just an old holdover jobs program. You can pump your own at a private card lock place. It's annoying as hell when you do this all the time and you don't want to wait for the guy to come out. Or they forget about you.

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