It may have been while skimming down the street in SE on a fixie bike, seemingly passing other bicycles on the city streets more often than cars, only to run point blank into four closed street being used to paint giant murals in the intersection by kids, artists, and passerby’s… It could have been during a well deserved trip to enjoy a fine whiskey at one of twenty dozen neighborhood bars of NE… or perhaps it was while trying to decide which countries delicacies to indulge upon considering the vast variety of food choices in NW… whenever it was I know for sure how booming this town is right now. As a wannabe Oregonian of 8 years there are always stories floating about of how Portland “used to be”, but I’m happy to be around now. Believe it, we’re one of the most hip cities in the country. We have music, food, events, nature… you name it. We even have our own TV show.
While traveling it’s good nature to tell folks that our city is completely full and not accepting new applicants, or simply it’s the most horrendous place I’ve ever loved to live. We must keep it a secret! Other parts of the country truly believe we are where hipsters breed, the weirdos hang out, and fashion goes to die. And in all reality, it’s sort of true. That’s what we love about it though, and others apparently do too. We’re the #10 fastest growing city in the country.
We’re well paid too, with a median salary of $60,000. That would explain all the new homes going up in what used to be backyards – building up and sporting solar panels. It would also explain poverty and crime getting pushed outward towards Gresham. The nice thing is we’re not over crowded like bigger cities and there’s room to grow – or boom, you might say. My next thoughts? How long we’ll have until we think again of how Portland “used to be”.