Sell Portland in 7 Days

Portland will be blessed by the presence of another Oklahoman this week. My wife’s best friend is coming to visit Portland for the first time, and we want to sell this city to her. If you had 7 days starting Thursday to shove this city down someones throat in hopes of getting them to move out here, what would you do, see, experience? I am hoping for some actual events specific to this/next week. I know some Portlanders shun the idea of outsiders moving in, but hey, if they are a great person why would you not welcome them to the greatest city in the US?

10 Comments so far

  1. brandon on March 3rd, 2008 @ 9:56 am

    Several years ago, a friend tried to convince me to move to DC. While he was able to list a litany of reasons why certain neighborhoods, hang-outs and clubs were fantastic, he was unable to offer any advice on how to find a decent job or an apartment.

    I’ve seen posts like this on other Portland blogs over the years and I’ve always wondered how people convince friends and family to relocate here. Overlooking all of the city’s neat-o restaurants, locales, scenery, etc., shouldn’t employment/housing be a foremost concern over how many brewpubs Portland has to offer? Do you guys have an employment prospect lined up for your friend should they decide to move here? Just curious.

    With that out of the way, there’s always the usual spots to take out-of-towners. You’ve got ‘yer Powells, ‘yer Voodoo Doughnuts, ‘yer Laurelhurst Theater, ‘yer Kennedy School, ‘yer Japanese Garden, ‘yer Horse Brass Pub…

  2. brandon on March 3rd, 2008 @ 9:56 am

    Also: having to login to leave comments now? Boooo! Hiss!

  3. knittynat on March 3rd, 2008 @ 10:02 am
  4. alvenable on March 3rd, 2008 @ 10:10 am

    I agree with Brandon on the issue of employment/housing. (I moved here from DC, oddly enough.) When I visited in 2005, I spent equal amounts of time going on informational interviews as I did checking out venues and the fun stuff.

    Portland is definitely a great city, but if you don’t have a job lined up, or at least know how many opportunities are available in your profession, it could be tough going. I actually changed careers because there were more opportunities open. Not everyone can do that, but fortunately, my background provided an entry into a new field.

  5. brewcaster on March 3rd, 2008 @ 10:58 am

    I think we all agree that the passwords are crappy. Understand that metblogs is a conglomerate, and us writers have pretty much no control over these things. We are bitching along with you all about this. We are also being told that bugs are still being worked out, so possibly this can be categorized as a "bug"? We will keep shouting about it.

  6. mcangrypants on March 3rd, 2008 @ 4:20 pm

    text…so small…can’t…ugh…

  7. mcangrypants on March 3rd, 2008 @ 4:21 pm

    And WTF is so wrong with having mixed upper and lower case names? huh? HUH?!? ding dongs.


  8. dieselboi on March 3rd, 2008 @ 4:44 pm

    I think the only way to sell someone on the place is to introduce them to the people. Yeah, you can see some music or have a beer – something you can do anywhere in the world, but to meet people would be ideal. Heck, maybe we could all get together for a brew and he/she/they can meet the geeks.

    Go for a walk in some of the neighborhoods too. Not the shopping streets, but actually walk down the streets with the houses on them.

    If you want to see good local music, check out East End –

  9. sabernar on March 3rd, 2008 @ 5:28 pm

    Small text? Alt-+ to make it bigger, unless you’re on a Mac, then it’s Apple-+. Simple solution.

  10. marysue on March 6th, 2008 @ 11:55 am

    Sabernar, that doesn’t freakin’ work! Some damnfool decided to lock the form.

    That’s one of the things that annoys the ever-loving snot out of me about WordPress. SOME OF US ARE OLD AND BLIND!

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