Hey! It's the I hate/love Portland, OR thread!
Some very good points borught up by many in this thread, however, overall this city is far too liberal for my tastes. Like I said, i love the climate, and the sceneryis beautiful. But i am not interested in the "scene". I can go to Saturday Market and hang out maybe one a month or so before I get sick of it. (Interesting, but you meet some very weird and odd people there) Powells is a great book store, McMinnamins (SP) is a good pub, and Stark Street Pizza is some of the best in the City, next to Papa's that is. (and I do not mean Papa Murphys either)
The beach is pretty close, you can go skiing for day, the river is there (although swimming is out, far too polluted for that).
And the no sales tax is just wonderful.
But it is hard to enjoy it all sometimes with all the weird people that I have run across and the sad political landscape we have here. Property taxes are skyrocketing, and even when we vote down the MAX Mass Transit, twice, they put it in anyhow. Grrr. It is a frustrating city full of many contradictions and it becoming less worthwhile to stay here all the time. I would move if I did not have great job. (another of the good parts of this city, great jobs, when you can find them)