Score 4.0 / 5
I like the transit system, the openness of the city itself with high and low buildings, fountains and trees that break up the concrete and steel feeling of most metropolitan areas. Being an artist myself, I love the quirky creative touches in almost every nook and cranny whether it's a public sculpture, architectural embellishment or groovy boutique or restaurant. Even the citizens are creative. People are very friendly and helpful. Lots to see and do from the parks to the bridges to music offerings to the museum, galleries. And man, talk about food and drink! Heavens! I feel so huge after a weekend here trying to sample everything I possibly could! One of the best things that I've enjoyed ever since first visiting the city over 40 years ago (which I'm glad to see still exists!) is the ease with which one can be out of the city into farmland or forest! Love Portland. Couldn't ever consider living in a city again but if I had to, this would be the one!