Having moved from So Ca, which is a diverse melting pot.
Portland, is interesting to say the least, unique make up of people. Surprised by the shear number of Eastern Europeans here.
Its overall a nice place, Picked the outlaying areas to move because my wife's a photographer and we wanted the ease of a metro area with out the
hassle with the added accessibility of nature that living toward outlaying Gresham Area.
Its different but different isn't bad, just different from what Im used to living in LA, the... paleness
of the majority of the population doesn't
really effect me though.
What I find hilarious is Portland's Definition of "ghetto", there is not a place in this city I wouldn't feel comfortable walking at 3 am alone.
It really is the town where young people go to retire, and its a strange mix of Conservative/Liberal that I find refreshing having come from Left
leaning CA my whole life.
With all that being said, I won't say I haven't noticed some odd looks (While looking for work, and Housing) that I won't attribute to racism, Ill
just say I think P-town is more use to the Day-Labor Hispanics than the 10th some odd generation american College educated ones (which would
definitely explain the lack of them in say Lake Oswego, but coming from Ca I could easily of gone there instead of where I did)...
Honestly, the Demographic divide is probably more Socio-economic than racial, Gresham/troutdale (more "integrated" areas) have some interesting...
Residents in general that fall in line along economic division than race.
ETA: Just so I am clear, any large population group can expect members to achieve success, the Larger the pop like in Portland, the more of that group
finds success, and thus move to "nicer" areas. So in a town where one race is dominant of course their will be areas with clusters based off
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