Found March 13, 2013 on Oregon Sports News:
Remember your first day in Portland? If you didn't live here you probably came for an event like the Rose Festival Parade. Or a concert. Or a Blazer game. You parked your car where it wouldn't get stolen or keyed. After the event you drove home from the Big City thinking, "I'm glad I don't live there." Like too many Oregonians outside the city limits, Portland feels like a necessary evil, an urban resource to visit but no different than Seattle or San Francisco. It's just closer. And wrong. Portland is more. It's our Chicago, our Milwaukie, our Baltimore, the big cities in their respective states. Since it's Oregon, it still feels rural. It’s Oregon, famous for small towns where the world revolves around natural beauty and ease of access to hunting and fishing, whether you hunt and fish or not. High school sports are the big draw there and everyone meets at the local pizza parlor after the games. During basketball s...

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