PORTLAND RANKS NO. 5 FOR ATTRACTING 'THE YOUNG AND RESTLESS,',27 REASONS TO LOVE PORTLAND RIGHT NOW, DO YOU LIVE IN A SLIDE ZONE?, AND "GRANT'S GETAWAYS"
I'm sitting at my desk looking out of my window at the view of Camassia Nature Preserve. It's 5 pm and still in the 60s. There isn't a cloud in the sky. I see Mt. Hood in the distance. I still shake my head in disbelief that this is my life.
PORTLAND RANKS NO. 5 FOR ATTRACTING 'THE YOUNG AND RESTLESS,'
"Portland attracts young college graduates at a faster clip than all but four other U.S. cities, according to a researcher who studies urban culture and economics.
The number of adults age 25 to 34 with a four-year degree who live in close-in Portland neighborhoods grew from 18,297 to 24,860 between the year 2000 and 2012, according to the 2014 report, produced by City Observatory, a think tank supported in part by the Knight Foundation.
Only Houston, Nashville, Denver and Austin saw greater percentage increases, according to a New York Times analysis of the data.
Author Joe Cortright focuses on recent movement of well-educated young adults to forecast which cities seem best poised to benefit their from their creative and economic contributions.
27 REASONS TO LOVE PORTLAND RIGHT NOW
"IMAGE: Tarina Westlund Photography | WLCR.io
"Because Portland is to America what America is to the world…
They aren’t just coming to America anymore. They’re coming to Portland.
For the second year in a row, Oregon was the state that Americans moved to most in 2014, according to a moving-company study. Japanese fashion magazines publish Portland guidebooks, and Tokyo mall shoppers flock to a “Lifestyle of Portland” pop-up. We’re the only American city listed by swanky British Monocle magazine as “livable.” Even the French seem to like us, and they don’t like anybody: Paris has held multiple festivals devoted to keeping Portland weird.
Blame Portlandia if you like. Smirk at the kids who move here without any plans or prospects, and end up using their diplomas as placemats.
Portland has become just as much a utopian ideal as a city, a lifestyle panacea for the anomie of the Palo Alto software designer or ground-down NYC bartender. It isn’t so much where the young come to retire, because they don’t really retire: We’re 50 percent more likely to start a business here than people elsewhere, and we’re chock-a-block with freelancers who can actually afford an apartment. Portland is instead where people come to live differently, in a world that seems new.
I grew up here. I watched New Bad Things at the X-Ray Cafe, and bought second-hand shirts from Thee O, amid the art-damaged, suicide-rap Thunderdome of ’90s downtown. That love-in-the-ruins Portland now endures only in memory—and, somehow, also on Sandy and Foster.
NEST EGG REAL ESTATE NOW HAS GEOHAZARD INFORMATION!
When we relocated to the area, we paid attention to what everyone is told to pay attention to - flood zones. Yes, this is important! After we purchased our home, I became aware of a site that focuses on other hazards you may not think of immediately. Slide zones are a real concern! You can only imagine my relief when I searched our current home and found we were not in a slide zone, and we'd totally dodged a bullet when I saw that all the other homes in competition were smack dab in the middle of one!
LAST BUT NOT LEAST, "GRANT'S GETAWAYS" IS A GREAT PLACE TO GET VIRTUALLY LOST IN OREGON!