Monday, March 25, 2013
Portlandia Thoughts -- Day 2/79
Walk: Mindful Body
Distance: 10 blocks and teach yoga class
So far few worthwhile thoughts have come to mind about Portlandia. It's a nice 'city' which has grown over the years I've visited. And growth has become it. I believe if I were a young couple looking for a place to make my life, I'd put Portland near if not at the top of the list. It has many, many amenities and does not rival San Francisco, New York or probably L.A. or Seattle for cost of living. Long way of saying it is more affordable.
There's also a sort of 'realness'/kindness factor. Or that is how it seems. People right now still seem unaffected/down to earth for city types. There is an apparent effort to help those in need of various types - mostly through a lot of non-profit organizations. Not sure about how much hands on helping there is.
As far as I could see, it is a very homogeneous population with the 25-45 age group visible in droves.
Somewhere in my travels I heard there aren't many jobs in Portland. At the same time, I understand the word is out and youngish people from all over the globe are wanting/planning to move to Portland or are already on the way. So, who knows what will happen to the realness, helping spirit when there is a more diverse population and supply outstrips demand for both jobs and housing.
Overall, if you're looking to set up your family base, get to Portlandia asap. If you're older, economically sound, and require stimulation, I can't guarantee Portlandia will satisfy. But maybe...It is a very nice, attractive place.