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Old November 20th, 2008, 11:06 AM   #1
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Portland, Oregon USA

According to Money Magazine Portland is America's best big city.
Travel and Leisure Magazine ranked Portland the number one city for general safety.
Condé Nast Traveler magazine has ranked Portland International Airport the best U.S airport for 2006, 2007, and 2008.
Portland is also the most bike friendly city in the USA.

I went to on a trip to Portland from West Palm Beach, FL during the first week of November 2008. I had a great time in Portland and it is by far the nicest city in the US that I've been to. I went to Portland with my dad to see the city and visit Portland State University.

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Downtown West Palm Beach after take off.

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Sunrise over Texas.

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Downtown Houston.

I connected in Houston. The airport is very nice but the city looked very depressing from above.

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Dallas? or FT. Worth?

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Beautiful Oregon clouds.

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Fall colors! I never see the leaves change in Florida so it was really exciting to see a bunch of amber and red tree leaves.

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Portland International Airport.

The airport was really nice, and there was good food and shopping and most importantly it was functional and clean. I'm not surprised it is has been consistently rated as the top airport in the US.

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MAX train into the city. The public transportation in Portland is very good. I went on it during rush hour and it was packed. It was nice to see it being used.

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Hotel room. My hotel was right downtown and I really liked the interior and exterior design.

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View from the room.

I took a long nap and went out at night to get water and Safeway and have Pizza. In Florida I shop and Publix and they are nice in the suburbs but the one I go to in downtown West Palm Beach is disgusting. It was nice being in a clean grocery store downtown for once.

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PSU soccer game.

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The hotel at night.

Day 2, 3, and 4 will be posted later.
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Old November 20th, 2008, 01:22 PM   #2
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Good stuff so far...the Houston pic is very cool.
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Old November 20th, 2008, 05:26 PM   #3
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Nice pics
Portland is very nice city
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Old November 20th, 2008, 07:54 PM   #4
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There is another sign that has the state of Oregon lit up with a deer jumping through it and it says Made in Oregon. I want to take a picture of it when I'm back.

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Downtown early sunday morning.

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Pioneer Courthouse Square.

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Willamette river.

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Pioneer Place is a mall that takes up two blocks of the city and has a skybridge to connect the two sections.

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View from the bridge.

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It is basically an average higher end shopping center but it is unique because its downtown and has so many floors vs a traditional suburban mall that has one or two floors.

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Pearl District.

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Powell's Books.

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Some old renovated factory. I had Baja Fresh for the first time in this building and it was delicious just like the rest of the food I ate while I was in Portland.

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Whole Foods downtown.

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Portland Streetcar.

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Portland State University alumni center.

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South Park Blocks and PSU buildings behind the trees.

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I want to live there.

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I-405

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Cute houses overlooking the city.

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Pearl District.

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Oregon Health & Science University center for health and healing.
This area is called the South Waterfront and it is really nice but right now only a few buildings from the master plan are finished.
I can see what they are trying to do here and it will be really nice and vibrant when it is done but right now there is this weird evacuated city of the future vibe.

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Townhomes for sale! $800,000!
The plants are planted in a ditch so that when it rains, meaning all the time, the water will flow there keeping the plants watered.
A lot of the buildings in Portland have green roofs that have plants growing on them and they collect rainwater to fill the toilets.
Most of the garbage cans were separated into paper, glass, and waste. All the stores don't give you a bag when you buy something, because they assume you don't want one. All the light rail lines resulted in the removal of 600 busses and is one of the most used light rail systems in the country taking many polluting cars off the road.

This is what the area is going to look like when it is finished:


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Portland Streetcar station.

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The inside of the train.

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Old November 20th, 2008, 10:18 PM   #5
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Yeah did they mention the meth epidemic, homelessness and general depression? It's a great city but hardly the best. Definitely one of the best of the west.
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Old November 20th, 2008, 10:51 PM   #6
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A lot of the people where I live are on drugs too so I didn't notice because it doesn't phase me anymore. There were a lot of homeless but compared to the other big cities I've been to the homeless were not scary. There weren't as many as in Miami. By depression do you mean high unemployment rate or that a lot of people are depressed because it is always cloudy and raining?
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A modern tram on a narrow tree-lined street passing a microbrewery? My idea of heaven.
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Old November 21st, 2008, 05:21 AM   #8
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Portland is such a "model city." I've heard it said over and over again from everyone who has visited that urban planners nationwide should take a few notes from Portland because it is such an urban dream. I love the fall colors. I hope you move and go to school there, my biggest thing when choosing a university is: consider that most employers in that city will draw from local graduates. So it is always best to choose a college in a city that you could see yourself living in for a LONG time.

Love the pics, the only drawback is how small they are :-\
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Old November 21st, 2008, 05:36 AM   #9
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Portland looks Great!! I really want to see it now
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Old November 21st, 2008, 10:10 AM   #10
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Thanks for visiting!
You've inspired me to get my ass down there and take a few snapshots myself.
Maybe I'll take that Max train you took a picture of since it's headed for my town anyway.

Anyway, wonderful pics. I never get to say this often, but I've been to all the places you've visited and I also enjoyed it.

Maybe you should go visit the OHSU upper campus. It has a wonderful view.

Also, Portland Int'l Airport really is one of the best airports I've ever been to. Sometimes, we go there just to shop or eat.
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Old November 22nd, 2008, 12:23 AM   #11
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Very nice!
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Old November 23rd, 2008, 03:29 AM   #12
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Great photos! I love it when we get some good pics of downtown Portland. It looks fantastic. So what did you think of PSU?
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Old November 23rd, 2008, 11:55 AM   #13
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Streetcar going through PSU's Public Affairs/Urban Planning center.

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It is so much nicer to see Seattle on highway signs instead of disgusting Miami.

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Cute.

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Chinatown.

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North park blocks.

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Informative signs on every street.

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Starbucks on the south park blocks.

I took the MAX over to the Lloyd center and it was raining pretty badly.

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Lloyd Center.

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NE Holladay St.

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My dad and I ate at this sushi place in the pearl and the sushi went around on a conveyor belt and you could take what what ever you like. IT WAS AMAZING.

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Ben & Jerry's. I had peanut butter cookie ice cream or something and it was excellent.

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Rain.

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KOIN center and Wells Fargo were disappearing into the clouds.

Day 4:
I went on a tour of PSU, so I didn't really have time for pictures. I just took a few when I went to the sky bridge by myself.

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There were so many election night parties going on. It was great to be in a city that cared about politics.
When we were in the restaurant that night I refreshed CNN on my phone and it said Obama projected to win Ohio and just as I read that cheers erupted from all the restaurants in the area and you could hear the cheering through the walls of the restaurant.

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"So long cowboy. Letters to a president: SEE YA SUCKA"

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Portland water-fountain.

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Portland Airport.

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My flight to Houston George Bush International Airport. Washington State is in the background of this picture.

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Typical Portland garbage cans.


Thats it for the picture. I hope you all liked them. I am so glad I went to Portland. I had a great time there. The people were friendly, the food was really good, and there was a lot to do in the downtown area. I can't wait to go back.
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Portland does look nice. Im interested in Portland because every time our state government (South Australia) proposes to further develop our tram system, they always base it on the successful Portland light rail system.
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Portland does look nice. Im interested in Portland because every time our state government (South Australia) proposes to further develop our tram system, they always base it on the successful Portland light rail system.
That's cool. I love Portland!

Cool photos
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Awesome city, awesome shots. Thanks..
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The city is really awesome! More than i expected
Nice projects on the river too
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No wonder there were still leaves on the trees.
This was 2 weeks ago!

Great pics nonetheless.
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Thank you all for the nice replies!



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Portland is such a "model city." I've heard it said over and over again from everyone who has visited that urban planners nationwide should take a few notes from Portland because it is such an urban dream. I love the fall colors. I hope you move and go to school there, my biggest thing when choosing a university is: consider that most employers in that city will draw from local graduates. So it is always best to choose a college in a city that you could see yourself living in for a LONG time.

Love the pics, the only drawback is how small they are :-\
It is a very nice city. I agree with you that it is smart to pick a city that you see yourself living in. I picked Portland because it is in the region of North America I like the best, and is my favorite city out of the three largest cities in the region Seattle and Vancouver. After school I would want to work in Portland but I wouldn't mind going to Seattle and Vancouver. I am going to go to school there starting in the summer and I'm really excited. My other option was Orlando and the University of Alabama and I didn't think I would like either much. If you want to see the larger versions you can go to my flickr: http://flickr.com/photos/itsanikon/s...7608715651785/

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Thanks for visiting!
You've inspired me to get my ass down there and take a few snapshots myself.
Maybe I'll take that Max train you took a picture of since it's headed for my town anyway.

Anyway, wonderful pics. I never get to say this often, but I've been to all the places you've visited and I also enjoyed it.

Maybe you should go visit the OHSU upper campus. It has a wonderful view.

Also, Portland Int'l Airport really is one of the best airports I've ever been to. Sometimes, we go there just to shop or eat.
Please take some pictures! Portland is very underrepresented here and I would like to see more of the city. Next time I am in Portland I want to go to OHSU it looks pretty neat.

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Great photos! I love it when we get some good pics of downtown Portland. It looks fantastic. So what did you think of PSU?
I liked PSU a lot. The people that work there are nice and very helpful and the students are very friendly and laid back. I think some of the campus buildings aren't the best looking but the new stuff is really nice and I think it is an ideal place to go to school. I am excited to go to school there.
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