Saturday, February 22, 2014

Being ported in Portland

I hear rather a lot of good things about public transport Portland in Oregan. It has an expanding system of trains, light rail, street cars (trams), buses and even an aerial tram (overhead cable car) .

Now, who do I know in Portland? Ah, Rubye Jack of course. I don't know too many American bloggers, but there was also Stephen with his blog, Post Apocalyptic Bohemian, who is or was in Portland. Alas, he has not posted since October last year. It is quite remarkable that out of maybe half a dozen American bloggers, two live in the same city.

Like wherever there is intensive public transport, the street cars/trams have very calming effect on the population. Portland is also named as the twelfth most walkable city in the US. Portland sounds like a rather civilised place to live.

But sadly they have done away with their cute little reproduction trams, built in 1991. In the late nineties they were running every day, but over the subsequent years, their usage has been much reduced and the last have now been sold to St Louis. Aren't they a delight?

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  1. Yes, Portland is very good to its citizens. The transit system is one of the main reasons I moved here. Across the street is a max line to the east side of town and down one block is a train going north. And for those more in the outskirts of town there are the buses, and then there is Amtrak, the real train, if you want to go for miles and miles and miles.

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    1. Rubye, it seems rather unlike most US cities. I recall the Stephen I mentioned in the post was a regular user.

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  2. My good friend Jessie is on her way now to vacation in Portland for a week. How cool timing!! I would like to send this to her if I may?

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    1. Of course Keith. I wonder if it is a good place for a holiday.

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  3. What a civilised city Portland sounds. And yes, that tram is charming.

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    1. EC, civilising is the word I should have used, rather than calming. It does sound civilised and I bet it has a thriving art scene.

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  4. That sounds like a lot of transport for a city of about 650,000 people.

    That seems to be a very good population size for a comfortable, accessible city.

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    1. It does Victor. I'll bet they have low car ownership there and not miles and miles of suburbs stretching in all directions.

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  5. So it's unusual for an Anerican city the public transport. The tram look like the Silesian one. Amazing we are really a global village now. Tomorrow I put my tram on the blog.

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    1. Gosia, I did not realise you started a blog. I will check now.

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  6. What an enchanting tram. Would love to travel around in that.

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    1. Fun60, it looks like a fun vehicle to travel in.

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  7. They are gorgeous little trams. Why have they done away with them? Perhaps to make way for slightly larger trams?

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    1. River, the city has very modern trams, as you do. The company is not prepared to pay for the running and maintenance of these couple of older ones that essentially only run now on special occasions.

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    2. Adding that, nor is Adelaide prepared to run its old trams for tourists and those interested.

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  8. Not only does Portland have trams like Melbourne. Their Central Business District is on a square grid of NS and EW streets, the same as Melbourne does. It is a lovely city.

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    1. Well Hels, if it is like Melbourne, it must be pretty good. Obviously the well travelled you has been there.

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    2. Andrew,

      There was a bit of a political movement for NW USA and SE Canada to unite and secede. Since Vanccouver (C), Seattle and Portland (USA) are my three favourite North American cities, this made perfect sense to me.

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    3. Interesting Hels. When did this happen? Portland does sound pretty good. It does get quite cold and hot there though.

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  9. Andrew

    Just thought I'd let you know Stephen (Post Apocolyptic Bohemia) has stopped posting on his blog for now, but still is posting on Facebook whilst he is undergoing chemotherapy.

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    1. Thanks Allan. I suspected as much. He was quite a dedicated blogger and I hope all goes well for him and he returns.

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  10. They are a delight Andrew, would have been a treat to experience! How funny.. I have a blogger pal in Portland and St Louis :)

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    1. Grace, I think Australians might quite like Portland.

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