It was not too long ago, where I would have scoffed at the idea of moving out of the city and off to the suburbs. The following commercial pretty much sums up my life trajectory in the last 10 years.
There are many things that I will miss about Portland, and some things that I won’t.
THINGS I WILL MISS ABOUT LIVING IN PORTLAND
- Easy Entertainment Options
- Parks Galore
- My Favorite Neighborhoods
THINGS I WILL NOT MISS ABOUT PORTLAND
- Tent Cities in Downtown Portland and Central Eastside
- Terrible Public Schools
The bottom line for us that pushed the move out of the city was two things. One, was space. We needed a bigger house. We were living in your classic Portland craftsman bungalow. We had about 1200 square feet of actual livable space in our house. When it was just my wife and I it was not a problem. When we added our oldest son it was doable. When our youngest arrived it was manageable until the last year when we were living with a toddler and a pre-k in 1200 square feet.
The second reason for moving is public schools. Portland, along with many other public school districts in Oregon, has been in a downward spiral since Measure 5 passed in the early ’90s. West Linn some how has managed to avoid that trajectory and is one of the best public school systems in the state. We went from sending our children to a failing school to one that is a spanish immersion school and in the top 10% of statewide performance standards. While I realize that urban flight of highly educated professionals to suburbs does not help urban schools, it can hardly be blamed for the failure of Portland’s schools. If anything it is just a symptom of a larger problem.
I miss already the easy access to fantastic restaurants and neighborhood pubs. Thank goodness it is summer and I love barbecuing. Today on the menu are smoked spare ribs! So time to go mow the lawn, turn on the barbie, go to home depot, and maybe bed bath and beyond if we have time.by