I am contemplating a move to the Pacific side of things... probably in early 2008... and I have come across Portland several times as a great place to live.
I've spent a week each in Seattle & San Francisco too (both very cool)... but something about Portland really sucks me in. At least in the abstract
I have yet to go visit, but I'm planning on taking a vacation there this year, and checking it out.
I like the funky, earthy crunchy people in all three of these cities, and want to live within a short drive to the coast. I'd also like to live somewhere relatively affordable for a graphic designer, without having to share an apartment or part of a house... and somewhere where nature is a huge part of the city. Liberal politics is a bonus too, along with environmentally friendly practices.
If you live in Portland, especially if you are a transplant, how do you like it? What are some of your favorite parts about living there? Any dislikes?
Thanks for any information you may share!