So you may be more mature, but Portland’s hipper!
“Seattle is more mature than Portland, which has recently captured the crown of hip, affordable, West Coast city. I think Portland, being smaller, is more accessible than Seattle. It’s also somewhat more affordable, at least for a while.
Seattle is crippled by continually nasty traffic congestion because it’s confined by water on the east and west. But Seattle has a more diverse economy, which may be better able to weather the coming economic storm.”
My brother lived in Seattle, and I have to say that as a visitor, Portland and Seattle have very similiar “city auras” for me. However, I think Portland also has a less…um….constipated vibe sometimes. Maybe because we’re not crammed up agaisnt a sound? Maybe because we’re a city defined by flowing rivers? Any Feng-shui comments here?