PortlandNeighborhood.com

Welcome to YOUR Portland Neighborhood Community

Well here goes...

June 15th, I'll trek out to Seattle for a visit to scope out that city.  Happily, I have a buddy who will put me up for the weekend and show me some of the various 'hoods.  From there, I'll make my way to Portland for more scoping. 

I don't have a job -- unemployed since March -- but have enough funds to stretch it for the next year.  So many questions, of course, about living in either Portland or Seattle (Portland is, in my mind at least, the favored choice).  Eventually I will have to face the reality of making a living; I can certainly live on less than what I made here in NYC.  However, I'm doubling-down on my life changes; in addition to moving from right to left, it's time to find a new career.  And yes, that will, of course, initially come with a reduced income. 

More importantly, I'm curious just how easy it is to become enmeshed in the community.  NYC is a hard place to do that; particularly hard if you didn't grow up in the region, go to school here or -- as in my case -- don't work in the City proper (yes, I made the reverse commute into New Jersey...blech!).  I'm a long-distance motorcycle traveler (plus travel in general), into sci-fi, movies, reading, music (jazz/blue/bluegrass/electronica/etc.etc.) and former flight instructor.  I've dabbled in voice-over acting, plus have taken theater and improv classes.  So...a variety of interests.

I'm still researching neighborhoods; suggestions are most welcome. I like quick access to nature.  Waaaaay back when, at home in San Francisco, I lived in the Outer Richmond with easy access to the GG Bridge and the Marin Headlands.  [Note: I was not and am not now a property owner, so I won't drive your prices up!].  I love coffee shops and bookstores and quaint streets.  I'm not a "suburbs" guy.  Cities, small towns and country living are all preferred.

So -- how to build a life in the community, how to find a way to make a living, how to enjoy everything about the PacNW region.  Those are my concerns.  Oh, yes, and I'm single and would like to, ahem, put down roots.  No plans to have kids, mind you, but I would like to not-too-distantly-in-the-future not be single.  Not sure what the prospects are in the Portland area for meeting like-minded women.

Well, that's it then.  I'd love to get feedback from the site owners and fellow members.

Cheers,

Rick

Views: 78

Reply to This

Replies to This Discussion

Hey, I see that no one has replied to your post and I was hoping somebody would because my questions are much the same as yours. So anywho, its been some months since you posted this and was wondering how your trip went and what you found out. I am a fellow New Yorker...kinda...I'm from central New York (read: CENTRAL NEW YORK, look at a map of NY and look at the center of the state). I'm currently looking at places to relocate and Portland has come up a number of times. However, I unfortunatly don't have any connections in Portland like you do. So, if you still frequent this forum let me know how it went. Thanks.

Yup, I was a bit disappointed that no one responded.  

The trip went very well.  The quick answer is that I fell in love with a tiny town on the Columbia River Gorge -- Stevenson, WA -- that's about 45 minutes or so east of Portland.  I've lived the city life for quite awhile and would love to make a break from that; however, that begs the question of how to earn a living.  Until I can answer that, the decision-making has to be a bit more practical.  That said, I've been looking at the overall job markets between Portland and Seattle, and have to say that the latter offers more.  This depends, of course, entirely on what line of work  you're in.  For now, I'll have to rely on my background in corporate human resources.  Eventually, I'd like to change careers, but that's something else to figure out.  Baby steps.  

So, Seattle is my destination.  More jobs, soft landing since I have friends there and still gets me back to the West.  Oh, and also, there's no state income tax in WA while there's no sales tax in Oregon.  One of the many attractions to living along the Columbia River Gorge would be to take advantage of both those situations. 

As to Portland specifically, it's still as lovely as I remember, though the downtown area seems to be a bit overrun with (fairly aggressive beggers).  San Francisco was the same when I was out there on business last year.  My sense is that with the economic downturn, things have just intensified.  Might even be more people out on the street, what with all the upside down mortgages.  From that standpoint, at least, Seattle felt a little safer/cleaner.  I would say that Portland has a lot more character.  Great and really diverse neighborhoods.  But the city really needs to do something to boost the economy (whatever that might be).  

Hope that helps!

Cheers,

Rick

The soft landing is definitly really a plus. That is something I wish I had but that is what I get for being an introvert I suppose. Coporate human resources sounds like something that could help you out in Seattle with a lot of big tech companies.That is really good information on Portland though, what with the beggers and such. This whole economic downturn thing is really making cities a sort of mecca for pan handling but I suppose it is to be expected. I hope your move goes well and thanks for the timely reply!

-Aaron

RSS

Latest Activity

BodyVox posted an event
Thumbnail

The Wind & The Wild | BodyVox & Imani Winds | April 24-25, 2018 at Revolution Hall

April 24, 2018 at 7:30pm to April 25, 2018 at 9pm
BodyVox and Chamber Music Northwest team up once again with the Grammy nominated wind quartet, Imani Winds, for fresh performances at Portland’s beautifully renovated, state-of-the-art performing arts center, Revolution Hall. On the heels of their popular 2013 collaboration, Imani Winds’ penchant for adventurous and dynamic music pairs beautifully with BodyVox’s exquisite and playful choreography. This evening promises to be an exciting and multifaceted production. Tickets start at…See More
Apr 6
BodyVox posted an event
Thumbnail

CONTACT Dance Film Festival III | BodyVox & NW Film Center | April 12-14, 2018 at BodyVox

April 12, 2018 at 7pm to April 14, 2018 at 10:30pm
The Northwest Film Center and BodyVox are pleased to partner in presenting our third Contact Dance Film Festival, a showcase featuring award-winning collaborations between filmmakers, dancers, and choreographers, and insightful contemporary dance documentaries. These works sparkle with invention and inspiration and will open your eyes to a special genre of hybrid creativity. The screenings will take place at both the BodyVox Dance Center, NW 17th & Northrup, and the Northwest Film Center’s…See More
Apr 3
Willamette Women Democrats posted an event
Thumbnail

All Politics are Local: Meet the candidates! at Celebrate Conference Center

April 12, 2018 from 4pm to 6pm
   W2D is pleased to welcome candidates W2D has endorsed in the upcoming May primary races for State and Metro: Val Hoyle (Oregon Commissioner of Labor & Industries), Lynn Peterson (Metro Council President), and Rachel Prusak (House District 37). Val Hoyle’s background includes serving in the Oregon State House and as Democratic House Majority Leader. The Bureau of Labor & Industries (BOLI) is tasked with upholding the rights of workers and citizens, making sure that workers are…See More
Mar 30
Ann Mackiernan posted an event
Thumbnail

Gathering of the Guilds at Oregon Convention Center

April 27, 2018 from 10am to 7pm
More than 350 Northwest artists will be showcasing their work in beads, ceramics, fibers, glass, metals and wood at the 2018 Gathering of the Guilds featuring the Oregon Potters Association's Ceramic Showcase.Features: daily art demonstrations, live music, hourly door prizes, family-friendly crafts & education.Event runs from Friday, April 27 to Sunday April 29.  Event times vary per day.See More
Mar 4
Willamette Women Democrats posted an event
Thumbnail

May Primary: Your Vote is Your Voice - Use It! at Celebrate Conference Center

March 8, 2018 from 4pm to 6pm
   W2D is pleased to welcome the candidates in the upcoming May primary for Clackamas and Washington County Commission and Metro. They are Joe Buck for Metro, Sonya Fischer for Clackamas County Commission and Kathryn Harrington, Greg Malinowski, and Kimberly Culbertson for Washington County Commission.   County Commissioners and Metro officials have a significant impact on our daily lives, however, if there is low voter turnout, a commissioner or Metro candidate, can be elected by receiving…See More
Feb 27
Jerry Milani posted an event
Thumbnail

2018 Wizard World Comic Con Portland at Oregon Convention Center

April 13, 2018 at 4pm to April 15, 2018 at 4pm
Sebastian Stan (Captain America franchise), the Justice League trio of Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller and Ray Fisher, Ian Somerhalder ("The Vampire Diaries," "Lost"), Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy), Bonnie Wright (Harry Potter franchise), Billy Boyd (The Lord of the Rings), Joe Flanigan ("Stargate: Atlantis"), Nichelle Nichols ("Star Trek"), Sean Astin (The Lord of the Rings, "Stranger Things") and Thomas Ian Nicholas (Rookie of the Year, American Pie) are among the dozens of celebrities and…See More
Feb 15
Lea McWhorter posted an event
Thumbnail

Sophisticated Beads Spring Jewelry Show at Monarch Hotel & Conference Center

May 5, 2018 from 10am to 5pm
Refreshments, prizes and more. Find the perfect gift for that special person for Mother’s Day or unique treasures for yourself!The Sophisticated Beads collection is handcrafted with semi-precious stones accented with a vibrant assortment of gems and sterling silver. Beads On a Mission - One of our specialty jewelry lines include bracelets in which 10% of the proceeds goes to five cancer foundations.We also support Nairobi tribal women in Kenya by purchasing their beads. Stop by and see our…See More
Feb 12
Willamette Women Democrats posted an event

Clean Energy Jobs Bill: Curbing Pollution Creates Clean Energy Solutions at Celebrate Conference Center

February 8, 2018 from 4pm to 6pm
Tera Hurst of Renew Oregon and Nancy J. Hamilton of the Oregon Business Alliance for Climate will discuss Oregon’s Clean Energy Jobs bill with Lisa Adatto, Board Member of Climate Solutions.   The Clean Energy Jobs Bill is one of the most important bills in this year’s short legislative session. It puts in place a cap and trade program for carbon emissions, and charges companies that exceed their allowance. These funds pay for the expansion of wind and solar power, public transit and for other…See More
Jan 20

Badge

Loading…

Powell's Books Picks

© 2018   Created by Lorri E..   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service