Thinking about moving...many choices, but what are your thoughts on Portland?

  • nanidesukedo

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    Jan 15, 2012 9:45 PM GMT
    So, it's come time for me to rank programs for residencies, and a large amount of thought goes into where I'd like to live for the next 3 years or, hopefully, longer.

    In the end, I think I'm gonna rank a program in Portland, Oregon as my #1 choice.

    What are your thoughts on Portland? How is the gay scene there (IE, things to do? Is it "gay friendly?")

    Other choices are: Philadelphia, Chicago, San Francisco, LA, or Minneapolis - So any advice on choosing one place over the other and pros or cons of any area would be greatly appreciated.

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    Jan 15, 2012 11:53 PM GMT
    Great city, great choice. Consider Seattle as well... lived there 10 years. Both are clean, cerebral cities with lots to do. Gorgeous scenery and environs. Lots of high tech and medical jobs. University of Washington Medical Center is top notch. They are also the most promiscuous and second most promiscuous cities in America :-) Don't be afraid of the rain... the weather from June through October is worth the other grey months. We are implementing a graduate medical education program in internal medicine and primary care here in Palm Springs, CA but don't think it will be starting until early 2013. Interviews will begin soon.
  • tautomer

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    Jan 16, 2012 1:19 AM GMT
    Northwest Oregon in general is a great place in general. The environment here is beautiful and pristine. It feels like everything built around the forests, instead of just removing them. There's generally a relaxed vibe too, but not lazy. The only downsides in my opinion are that property crime is a bit high, and there are a good chunk of drifters that can be a bit sketchy. Just know the area. It also rains a lot, so you have to be prepared for that.
  • nanidesukedo

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    Jan 16, 2012 1:41 AM GMT
    Thanks for the info, guys. As great as Seattle is, I didn't apply there for residency icon_sad.gif. I really loved a lot of the places I went to, but, I think as far as love of program and city go, Portland, Oregon is gonna win out.

    I'm saddened to hear that property crime rate is so high when I had read elsewhere that it was actually a fairly safe city. Also, I'm well prepared for the weather - not like I'm gonna be out of the hospital all that much, anyways :p. I really just liked the laid back vibe of it...Also seemed to be made up of a lot of young professionals.
  • fitartistsf

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    Jan 16, 2012 4:14 AM GMT
    Having grown up in Portland, I think you would love it there... there is a very large gay and lesbian community up there. Sports is a BIG deal there, both winter and spring/summer, with people biking, jogging, skating/blading, skiing... AND very big on green industries and environment... also, very family oriented.
    My family are still up there, and I try to get home 2-3 times a year. I've seen the Portland Metro area grow since moving there in 1971... mostly for the better, occassionally not. Housing is expensive, living in downtown Portland, along the Willamette River, or in the newer Pearl District is expensive, almost like living in San Francisco. But the public transportation in the metro area is one of the best in the country...
    In about an hour you can be at the beaches, or skiing up at Mt Hood (with one of the most beautiful, WPA-era, 1930s, skiing lodges ever built, Timberline Lodge, also one of the practice locations of the US Olympic Ski Team...)
    I think you couldn't go wrong moving there... and I'd stop by to say hello when in town, LOLOL..... icon_surprised.gif)
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    Jan 16, 2012 8:42 AM GMT
    Portland is delightful. I was born and grew up there. You'll enjoy yourself. Be sure to stop at the farmer's market for your freshest foods. The air is super clean too, and staying in shape there will pose no challenge.
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    Jan 16, 2012 9:16 AM GMT
    i stayed in portland for several months and i remember saying to myself then, this is where i'd want to settle down. it's a great city but all the rain did get to me. icon_cry.gif
  • baldone

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    Jan 16, 2012 10:02 AM GMT
    Have considered Portland for a while now as THE city i would move to...just to relocate and change of scenery.....very cool city
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    Jan 16, 2012 10:21 AM GMT
    I actually moved to Portland a few years back and lived there for almost six months. While the city and surrounding area are incredible, I moved back to the deep south. This decision was less a reflection of the appeal of the city and more the result of my still being in love with the culture and vibe of the south. Portland is about as diverse a city as one could hope, though, and I never lacked for activities. Although it lacked the warmth of the south, I still found it a friendly, if somewhat cool populace, and was made to feel very welcomed by those around me. Clearly I left without giving it much of a chance. I would recommend it as a place to live. Best of luck in your decision.

    As an aside, I'm a doc, and the medical community there is top notch.
  • Into_Fitness

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    Jan 16, 2012 2:51 PM GMT

    I was in Portland during the spring, the city is nice and the people are friendly. but it rained everyday, the whole 7 days I was there. and it was cold too, never got warmer than 45 degrees. I love the outdoor, but not any chance to enjoy much out there with all the rain. and it was april...not the winter. if you like the rain you will be ok.
    heck, I live in LA, so I guess I'm spoiled here with our weather.
    good like to you.