Green days in Portland, Ore.

  • Article by: CLAUDE PECK , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 31, 2012 - 8:44 PM

Eco-friendly Portland has something missing in way too many U.S. cities: personality.

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rdnblueMar. 31, 12 6:13 PM

Spent my first 14 years in MN, moved out here to Oregon in 1990. I've been living in Portland for about 13 years now. If you want to get a sense of the personality, you can't just hit the tourist spots and get a lot of insight. To get a few hints, check out Chuck Palahniuk's book "Fugitives and Refugees".

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johndontMar. 31, 12 6:18 PM

Oregon is an absolutely beautiful state, as ALL of the western U.S. states are, and Portland sure has it's natural beauty, but there is one major problem. The problem is - Portland is an example of what happens to a city that is predominantly run by "do whatever you want" liberals. No one is downtown Portland after 5:00pm except the street people and anarchists (I believe Portland may have the largest population of anarchists in the country). Just Google "what's wrong with Portland, Oregon" to find out. Portland is an example of what NOT to let Minneapolis - St. Paul become.

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herovillainMar. 31, 12 8:57 PM

It seems Johndont is just a fear-filled old dude who cowers at everything he doesn't understand. Get over it. Go to Voodoo Doughnut, hop on a bike, and enjoy the city. You can't be afraid of everything, but I understand that fear is the primary tenant of conservatism.

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louperMar. 31, 1211:28 PM

Hey John, I was in downtown Portland last night after 5pm. It was busy - every place I went to was busy - and they weren't full of street persons nor anarchists. You're wrong, period. End of discussion.

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pdxtranApr. 1, 12 1:00 AM

Hey, John, I lived in Portland for ten years and was back for a visit less than a year ago. Downtown has its street people, sure, but it also has full-time residents, students attending night classes at Portland State University, and people patronizing its restaurants, theaters, the Oregon Symphony, the Portland Art Museum, and the art house movie theaters. You must have visited a different Portland, or perhaps you're like the blind date I once had with someone from the suburbs who was afraid to walk down a street where dark-skinned adults were quietly waiting for buses at 5PM.

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kirby96Apr. 1, 12 7:47 AM

Hey John- I'm in Portland RIGHT NOW, and I can assure you the nightlife and street scene in Portland puts Minneapolis to shame. I stayed at the Westin, walked to Dinner and drinks and all over the city. I would take a night in Portland over MSP any time.

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johndontApr. 1, 12 9:06 AM

last night I sent a link here from oregonlive.com that had comments from Portland residents who were not happy with how their city had changed. I don't know why the Strib didn't let the post happen. Comments were that at one time they were pretty proud of their city and felt like they had bragging rights wherever they traveled....but not anymore. I too have spent a lot of time in Portland, Eugene, Seattle in the past 20 years... and thus my original post above.

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SafratApr. 1, 12 9:11 AM

We're visiting Portland right now. We spend several weeks here every year and think the world would be a better place if it were more like Portland.

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rarmstrongApr. 1, 12 9:20 AM

Someone once called Portland "the most sanctimonious city in America."

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