I have an opportunity to move to either Seattle or Portland, OR.
My deciding factor is unusual: Which city is more like Montreal?
I understand that Montreal is a unique North American city with it's own personality but if you had to liken it to either Seattle or Portland which would you choose and why?
I've never been to Montreal, but probably Portland on a geographic basis
I live in Seattle but I prefer Portland. Seattle is a narrow strip of hilly land surrounded by water on two sides, which makes transportation a nightmare. It's a city of neighborhoods that are all isolated from each other by the terrain and the transportation infrastructure is awful. The traffic is the 3rd worst in the country after LA and Washington DC.
Portland is a lot smaller, but more centralized so it doesn't feel smaller. You can walk from anywhere to anywhere. The infrastructure is much better and it's much easier to get around. It's also a city divided by a river with a bunch of nice bridges like Montreal I guess
I'm sorry you choose to live in a city way beyond compacity. I would like portland not to turn into another Seattle, San Francisco, or Jew York.
City used to be "nice and hip." Now it's just 30 something California and Mid-west transplants driving around in Volvo's and Subaru's sending rents though the goddamn roof. It's San Francisco 2.0
Are you from Montreal, OP?
The city that is closest to Montreal in terms of feel is Boston, followed by parts of Brooklyn.
Between Seattle and Portland, Seattle is more like Montreal.