Why would you move to Portland??
First, why leave San Francisco?
I’ve been here for almost ten years. I love San Francisco very much, but the city has changed a lot in that time.
An influx of money brought about by innovation and progressive policy has made this city very expensive…driving out the very people and culture that made this place so wonderful. Replacing these bohemians are people who can afford to live in this expensive city. Unfortunately, they are so new to living here that they do not respect the existing culture and that has created some conflict.
Thats why we are thinking about leaving SF. I’ve been working on a three year plan to identify a new place to live and move there. We picked Portland.
But why Portland?
Our acceptance criteria for a new city was based on our favourite pieces of San Francisco with things we needed to be happy:
- Our new home needs to be affordable
- Align with our socio-political views
- Safe from worst-case-scenario global warming catastrophe
- Excellent public transit
- World class food
- Gay scene
- Near lots of nature or the ocean
- Major airport so travel is inexpensive
Los Angeles, Austin, Chicago, and Boston all measured highly, but Portland was the best option.
We have a couple more years till we move. I’m spending that time looking for our future home.
For the price of a 600sq studio in San Francisco, I can have an 8,000sq compound built on a four acre plot of land near downtown Portland.
Having a place built to my exact specifications means the perfect home for a growing family of bodybuilders. Multiple gourmet kitchens, locker room style communal showers, different themed sex dungeons hidden behind bookshelves, a powerlifting gym, etc…
Considering we’re currently living in a 900sq apartment, this compound would provide lots of room to grow.