THE SUSTAINABILITY ETHOS RUNS STRONG IN PORTLAND. With a booming green economy, more commuters choosing their bikes over their cars, and more LEED Buildings (54 registered and 16 certified) than any other city in the country, such as The Casey condominium in the Pearl that hopes to earn the nation's first "platinum" rating from the U.S. Green Building Council, Portland, Oregon is sure to retain its title as the Most Sustainable City in the U.S.
Portland neighborhoods are distinctive from their counterparts in other cities of similar size. The cityís strong, active neighborhood associations are concerned with livability and community. Portland neighborhoods are also unique in offering great amenities within walking distance. Even at the outermost reaches of the city, youíll find charming districts such as Multnomah Village, which is filled with shops, restaurants and neighborhood hangouts. Though densely populated the cityís neighborhoods offer tranquil, tree-lined streets that are safe for kids. Orientation >>
Whether youíre seeking a Japanese immersion primary school, a high school for the performing arts or a great neighborhood school within walking distance of your home, Portland schools will fit your needs. Portland Connected contains extensive information about local schools that will help you choose the right educational institution for your children.
Portland is home to the largest urban park in the nation, ever-increasing bike trails and lanes, two rivers, hundreds of parks, an active Parks and Recreation Department offering every activity imaginable, and a host of attractions, sports, indoor and outdoor recreation opportunities, fairs and festivals, and community-driven activities.† Within a short drive from the city one can enjoy a myriad of outdoor activities amid the rugged splendor of the Cascades, which include majestic Mt. Hood; Pinot Noir rivaling that of California and France in the gently rolling hills of Oregonís wine country; or the breathtaking romance of the Oregon Coast.
Livability is not based solely on the quality of neighborhoods, schools and amenities. It is also important to consider arts and culture. Our Arts & Culture directory will give you the information you need to explore Portlandís thriving visual and performing arts, film and literary, and live music scene. With our events calendar, which features live music listings, festival information and much more, we do the work of finding all the fun things Portland has to offer. Just check the calendar and youíre sure to have a great time!
From swank bars to daring, youthful restaurants, the Portland food & drink scene is one of the cityís most exciting features. Chefs are fastidious in their use of fresh local and organic ingredients, often direct from farms and farmers markets. Oregonís cornucopia includes porcini and chanterelle mushrooms, salmon, oysters, and sweet Dungeness crab, fine Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, wild berries, artisan cheeses and charcuterie, and free-range beef, pork and poultry. As Mt. Hood serves as a frequent reminder of Portlandís proximity to lush wilderness so do its restaurants and bars remind one of its closeness to the regionís wild and domestic bounty.
Portland Connected is a community web site for information on - and as a guide to - living in Portland. Local businesses, organizations and individuals are invited to submit calendar events, web site links, announcements and neighborly comments to our community web site for Portland.
Portland Connected is resourceful, well-informed and local, just like Portland, Oregon. We welcome your participation!