Many non-profits make their home here, working from the coast to make the world a better place. As the only state with a two-sided flag, there is no way that this state wouldn’t dish up some interesting people.
It’s far from the pushiness that is personified by the East Coast, and the people are easy-going and fun.
Almost immediately, a stranger -- Dave, of Dave Knows: Portland (portland.daveknows.org) -- commented on one of her posts.
"And so, new to blogging, I sent him a note saying thanks," Strom remembers.
"I came to Portland without a job, without knowing anybody, without having a place to live," says Strom, who moved to the city in January 2008.
"I didn't know a soul." To keep family and friends apprised of her new life in Portland, she started a blog.
Allie Fuller, however, has had a different experience of romance in the Rose City.
She's not sure if Portland men are too laid-back, Portland women too independent, or a combination of both. " Some people contend the city's eclectic coolness makes dating a real challenge, regardless of gender.
Is finding love in Portland a breeze, or is this city a black hole of dating?
For Heather Strom, finding love couldn't have been easier.
It was named after a coin toss won Francis Pettygrove the right to name the town after his hometown in Maine.
Until Seattle’s port area was connected via rail to the rest of the country, Portland had one of the busiest ports on the West coast.
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