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 Post subject: Making the move to PDX
PostPosted: Tue Mar 08, 2011 3:41 am 
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After much thought, visits and consideration...we are making the move to PDX. Just going to do it and let me just say, it is very exciting to be in the middle of planning a get up and go type of move. Any thoughts, suggestion, shiitake talking...anything anything???? I would love to hear it all.

p.s. We are also looking to make some cool friends. We love drinking, baking, biking, chili cook-offs, dogs, farts and much much more.

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 Post subject: Re: Making the move to PDX
PostPosted: Tue Mar 08, 2011 1:10 pm 
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My first suggestion (unless you have loads of savings) is have a job before you come, an "in" somewhere or a bad-ass resume. Or if your job is a nationwide company maybe you can be transfered.The jobs available here can be few!

Here's a site with tons of info about PDX in general and the specific neighborhoods:
http://www.portlandneighborhood.com/moving-to-portland-oregon.html

Here's a list of pet-friendly rentals:
http://www.portlandpooch.com/directory/housing/listings.htm
or Craigslist is an awesome resource (how I found my house!) and widely used by people listing properties.

Plus a list of dog-parks: http://www.portlandpooch.com/dogparks/map.htm and breweries:
http://www.portlandbeer.org/brewerymap/to help you decide what area to move to!

In *general* I think N, NE (excluding mississippi and alberta areas) and the outer fringes of PDX are cheapest to live in.

Also, I read that last sentence in your post as "dog farts and much much more". Hah!

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 Post subject: Re: Making the move to PDX
PostPosted: Thu Mar 10, 2011 1:10 am 
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I have to agree a million times on the job front - it's pretty dire.

If you guys have that figured out, awesome!! I live in outer SW and don't recommend it. It's cheaper, and I'm super close to some great little restaurants/stores (Green Wok, Laughing Planet & Barbur World Foods) but I'm dying to move back to SE.

I'd love to meet you!


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 Post subject: Re: Making the move to PDX
PostPosted: Thu Mar 10, 2011 6:46 pm 
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Yeah move to the eastside! The more to hang out with cool people like us.

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 Post subject: Re: Making the move to PDX
PostPosted: Fri Mar 11, 2011 3:22 am 
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Thanks for the replies, links and all the information. Really excited to move and that jazz. We have been told by quite a few different people to move to the SE part and last time we were there in December we checked it out and pretty much spent the day walking around the area.

Steffers! I'd love to meet you too.

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 Post subject: Re: Making the move to PDX
PostPosted: Fri Mar 11, 2011 5:22 am 
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I prefer SE.


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 Post subject: Re: Making the move to PDX
PostPosted: Sat Mar 19, 2011 5:18 pm 
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SE for sure!

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 Post subject: Re: Making the move to PDX
PostPosted: Wed May 25, 2011 5:58 pm 
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I'm moving to Portland on a whim. There's some good info in here. I will be visiting for the first time during the beginning of July and moving there at the end of July. The town seems awesome. I'm a recording engineer/composer/musician and the market looks more promising than the KC area. Currently, I have one friend that lives there, hooking me up with a place to stay for the first few weeks. I'm sure I'll meet plenty of folks, but it would be cool to have someone that can show me some neat spots, help find a roommate that doesn't cook meat in the kitchen, or a potluck buddy...

Is there a neighborhood flooded with musicians/artists, or they pretty well distributed everywhere?

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 Post subject: Re: Making the move to PDX
PostPosted: Thu May 26, 2011 9:38 am 
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I would say they're everywhere, with an emphasis on NE Alberta-ish, but really, everyone's everywhere.

Good luck! Let us know if you need anything.

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 Post subject: Re: Making the move to PDX
PostPosted: Tue May 31, 2011 10:43 am 
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NE is the best place in portland to live IMO!

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 Post subject: Re: Making the move to PDX
PostPosted: Wed Jun 08, 2011 1:14 pm 
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Mars wrote:
NE is the best place in portland to live IMO!


We lived in SE for the first year plus we were here and then moved to NE/Bordering on N portland for the last 6 months. I really loved both neighborhoods, but I feel a bit more comfortable in NE. NE reminds me more of New Orleans what with the Popeye across the street and all. I can walk to all sorts of places from both neighborhoods. I think that's the most important thing to consider about anywhere you choose.

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 Post subject: Re: Making the move to PDX
PostPosted: Wed Jun 08, 2011 3:52 pm 
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papahjoe wrote:
Revived!

I'm moving to Portland on a whim. There's some good info in here. I will be visiting for the first time during the beginning of July and moving there at the end of July. The town seems awesome. I'm a recording engineer/composer/musician and the market looks more promising than the KC area. Currently, I have one friend that lives there, hooking me up with a place to stay for the first few weeks. I'm sure I'll meet plenty of folks, but it would be cool to have someone that can show me some neat spots, help find a roommate that doesn't cook meat in the kitchen, or a potluck buddy...

Is there a neighborhood flooded with musicians/artists, or they pretty well distributed everywhere?


They are everywhere, can't move an inch without bumping into one. Be warned that there are a high percentage of recording engineers in town, too, from basement note wranglers to high buck, top-of-the-line moguls. Just a heads up.


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 Post subject: Re: Making the move to PDX
PostPosted: Mon Jun 13, 2011 6:35 pm 
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Be warned that there are a high percentage of recording engineers in town, too, from basement note wranglers to high buck, top-of-the-line moguls. Just a heads up.


Thank you for the warning, but that's actually the reason why it's a such a good option for me. When there's a lot of engineers in town, that's normally a good indicator that business is plentiful. I can make a living in any city with a music scene (including KC), but Portland just seems to be the next city I need to stop at for a while.

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 Post subject: Re: Making the move to PDX
PostPosted: Mon Jun 13, 2011 6:47 pm 
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Awesome, good luck with the move! Portland is a nice city to be playing music, for sure. If you know your shiitake, I'm sure you won't have a problem. I didn't mean to make it sound so ominous.


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 Post subject: Re: Making the move to PDX
PostPosted: Fri Aug 12, 2011 6:41 pm 
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I really wish my job was in Portland. I would move there in a heartbeat.

I worked in Beaverton on internships for a total of 9 months (6 months + 3 months). I loved it so much and I miss PDX dearly.

Good luck to those of you moving!


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 Post subject: Re: Making the move to PDX
PostPosted: Wed Aug 24, 2011 2:51 am 
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12 days before I move to PDX, I get a baller-ass offer recording, mixing and writing beats full-time for a wealthy rapper in KC, and I just can't justify passing it up. Last time I posted in this thread was before I ever visited Portland. It's my home that I never knew was home. I fell IN LOVE!!! We'll be apart for a little while longer... I'll visit when I can and come home soon!

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