Downtown is a neighborhood in Portland, Oregon with a population of 12,802. Downtown is in Multnomah County and is one of the best places to live in Oregon. Living in Downtown offers residents a dense urban feel and most residents rent their homes. In Downtown there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals live in Downtown and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in Downtown are highly rated.
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I like that Downtown has a lot of places to explore such as shopping malls, restaurants, food carts, etc. There is a lot of walking involved so you can exercise while you're hanging out with your friends. There is beautiful gardens such as the Lan Su garden where the inside looks reserved historical Chinese palace. There is also one of the biggest book store which is Powell's bookstore, it features many rooms full of books for nerds like me. Downtown is a great place to have fun.
Surrounded by buttes, gorges, rivers, forests and parks galore, Portland is a city with some of the best accessibility to nature. Within walking distance from my college campus I can explore nature parks in the city, while I can also access areas like Mount Hood, Multnomah Falls, or the Pacific Crest Trail for mountain activities through public transportation. Portland is a green city in many ways - not only is it aesthetically green because of the lushness of the ecology, but the community really works together to be conscious of the earth's health and be eco-friendly. The rainy city does not stop its inhabitants from exploring its abundant outdoors activities!
There has been a drastic influx of out of state people relocating here, which has driven home prices and rental rates through the roof. Gentrification is out of control, people are experiencing no-cause evictions, and the city is dragging its feet to find solutions for affordable housing and solutions to houselessness, which has been an urgent issue for over a decade. People who have lived here for generations are being forced out of there homes to the suburbs and further. I am in a position where I am in jeopardy of not finishing school because I cannot afford housing (there is a long waitlist for often bedbug-infested student housing) but cannot move to another location to finish school at out-of-state prices. It's incredibly depressing and I wish people would stop coming here.