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I starting on the article for Portland, Ore. I've lived my entire life in Portland, so I should be able to have a good time with this :-) - Pingveno 17:10, 3 Jan 2004 (EST)


So, I stripped out most of the template boilerplate, and added a brief intro on Portland. I'll try to add some of my weak and lame knowledge about Portland to the mix. --Evan 22:33, 4 Jan 2004 (EST)

Internet connectivity[edit]

It'd be nice to list at least a couple of good places to get wireless connectivity. Checking a Web site to find out how to access the Web is kinda a chicken-and-egg problem. --Evan 11:09, 5 Feb 2004 (EST)

Moved from article

The Portland Mercury is Portland's local indie newspaper, available every Thursday. Local upcoming events can be found in their calendar. The Willamette Week, another local paper, is bigger than the Mercury but a little less 'street-level'. It serves as a great reference for local restaurants. Call it the Willie Week if you want to sound cool.

- Nils 14:30, 20 May 2004 (EDT)

Nils: I'd think that local newspaper info is very useful. Why take it out? --Evan 14:34, 20 May 2004 (EDT)

Evan: I agree. I'm from portland, and can attest that these two publications in particular are very valuable sources of information for travellers. It may not belong in the 'Understand' section, but at least under 'Learn' or 'Do'? --sohcahtoa

North Not NoPo[edit]

I changed NoPo to North based on the following comments in the article.

  • If you say NoPo in North Portland, you will be shot.
  • I have lived in North Portland for over 11 years and I have NEVER heard anyone say "NoPo"

In deference to provoking a riot, or worse, in North Portland, I thought it prudent to make the change, so the traveler would not be misinformed and consequently endangered. -- Huttite 06:18, 8 Mar 2005 (EST)


Added a big run-down of newspapers with the traveller in mind. Each publication in town has a different set of info to offer a traveller and some are more cross-demographically friendly than others. For example, I would argue someone in the boomer set wouldn't appreciate the Mercury as much as the Tribune. Short-hand nicknames for the papers were excluded because I don't feel they're universal enough but here they are for someone who feels they should be included: The Oregonian (The O', The Big O'), Willamette Week (WW, The Willy, The Willy Week), The Portland Mercury (The Mercury, The Merc), Portland Tribune (The Tribune, The Trib).

In what crazy mixed-up alternate universe is the Willamette Week left-leaning? 00:45, 27 Nov 2005 (EST)

It's left of the Big O. However, it's probably more centrist than the tree-huggers would like. --RandalSchwartz 11:11, 28 Nov 2005 (EST)

Northwest/The Northwest[edit]

A small thing, but I've only heard portland's major divisions (NE, SW, SE, NW, N) referred to sans article. "I live over in northwest," not "I live over in the northwest." So I changed it.

Get Out[edit]

Under the get out section I suggest that we discuss some city's near Portland that might appeal to the yuppies and hipsters who frequent Portland. These citys might include Hood River, Corvallis, and Eugene.

Hmmm, I might have to object to the addition of Corvallis. Unless you're plan is to go to an OSU game there isn't much doing there. 19:17, 10 August 2006 (EDT)

There is an Oregon Wikitravel page. That might be a good place for something like Corvallis. Perhaps we could put the Oregon link in the get out section.

Making some additions and changes[edit]

I have started making some additions and changes. I am moving some of the things listed in the Do category to the See category, like the Chinese Gardens, and combining redundant information. So don't freak out.

I like some of the suggestions, such as wifi locations and places for yuppies. I will add them when I get the time.

I was looking at the Seattle page and like the way it's done. I was thinking of doing like they did, with a very large See category divided into sections, such as sports, parks, etc. Right now the See and Do categories have different types of activities.—The preceding unsigned comment was added by Bruvensky (talkcontribs)

That's fine, we assume you are doing good stuff --thanks! But do see the page history to see why some of your edits have been re-edited. -- Colin 16:02, 21 January 2008 (EST)

It says to avoid secondary links, but it does not say they are outright banned. The link about the Columbia Gorge is very good, and has a lot of photos. Very good for tourists. Even though the link itself could be considered secondary the photos themselves are not secondary.—The preceding unsigned comment was added by Bruvensky (talkcontribs)

If you check out Wikitravel:External links, the full rationale is in there. One of the rules is basically "just because we don't have a good guide to a particular area does not mean we should just link to one instead." Secondary sources are pretty much close to outright banning while just leaving in a little room for some judgement. For example, the site you describe about the Gorge is definitely a no-go. We want photos, descriptions, and guides to be written directly into our pages so our pages will be fully useful on their own or printed out. -- Colin 20:48, 21 January 2008 (EST)

I read the link. It says to avoid secodary links, but there is no outright ban. There is no rule, "just because..." It is as you say, some room left for judgement. I don't think you can object too much to the image index on the site I posted. It lists so many places of interest to visit and thousands of photos. There is no way that we will ever include all those places in this guide. I don't think it would be too bad to have this one secondary link. I would like to ask wikitravel about it, but haven't been able to find contact information. I noticed that you also removed someone's post of the panoramic cam at Larch Mountain.—The preceding unsigned comment was added by Bruvensky (talkcontribs)

Webcams and photo galleries are listed in the "What not to link to" section and a really clear no-flys. If you disagree with the policy, you can try bringing up a discussion of it at Wikitravel talk:External links. But please understand that one of our goals (see Wikitravel:Goals and non-goals) is to be a printed guide, and links to webcams and photo galleries are utterly useless in print. -- Colin 23:53, 21 January 2008 (EST)

Why did you delete what I and someone else wrote about the gorge?

I deleted the sentence about Ward Cunningham. He is in the list of notable residents on the Portland Wikipedia page and is mentioned at the bottom. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Bruvensky (talkcontribs)

I haven't edited the article since the 17th. If you check out the history page, you can see what other people have edited and sometimes there is an edit summary that describes the edit. I'm just here to try to guide you through this process. -- Colin 01:20, 24 January 2008 (EST)
Someone left me a note telling me that links I have put in have been removed because of guidelines, but left many many others. I think some people are a little attached to their work. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Bruvensky (talkcontribs)
the crime section is a bunch of nonsense. listing bus stops to stay away from? —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talkcontribs)
If you see incorrect information, please plunge forward and fix it yourself! --Peter Talk 23:16, 31 July 2008 (EDT)

Additional Taxi information for Portland - TaxiFareFinder[edit]

I was not sure if this violated the rules on External Links, but I found this site useful the last time I went to Portland. It allows the visitors to estimate taxi fare and it also has the latest fare information. I will leave it up to you guys to link to the site.

P I C TU RE S[edit]

You guys need to get out and take more Portland pictures for those of you in the area or travelling soon, and upload them to Shared. It's a guide article with one pic-ahhh! Keep smiling, Edmontonenthusiast 11:48, 3 November 2008 (EST).

It is the US's largest urban park?? what about chugach state park at 500000 acers??

kevin68.178.77.126 15:36, 15 February 2009 (EST)

District - or just keep working with 1sngl article?[edit]

I've been debating if this article is worthy of districtification. I know it's a hard task that's why I'm questioning it. I don't think it's necessary to do, but it might be nice, but what do you think? edmontonenthusiast [ee] .T.A.L.K. 22:22, 17 May 2009 (EDT).

From what I've seen in all the articles in Wikitravel that have be districtifified, it is of very limited benefit to articles like Portland. Some districts end up very sparse, and the maintenance level for the articles goes up. Unless the article is unmanageable and overflowing with detail (which portland isn't), I'd avoid districting for now. Some of the best small city articles for cities the size of Portland are in one article IMO ... --inas 20:45, 27 May 2009 (EDT)

Redirect Problem[edit]

I noticed a problem with the redirect for the Portland article when I was adding some photos to the article today, and I hope someone is able to fix this (as I'm new to WikiTravel and not sure how to do this myself). This Portland page should be redirecting to this one, but it isn't actually redirecting. As it stands there seem to be two Portland pages as the photos I added to the "Portland_(Oregon)" page aren't showing up on the page that has simply "Portland" at the end of the URL. I haven't gone through both articles to see if there are other major differences, so we may want to check this carefully at some point. Right now when someone searches in "WikiTravel" they are ending up on the "Portland" URL rather than the "Portland_(Oregon)" one. Thanks for looking into this... --Minnow 23:06, 1 August 2009 (EDT)


Surely Portland's employment picture can be more accurately presented than than a forty-year-old governor's quote. Finding work in Portland is easier than in Los Angeles, Detroit or Miami, according to an August 2009 report by the search engine Indeed (reported in Huffington).


This list is pretty deficient in Neighborhoods, forgetting some key ones like Foster-Powell.

Neighborhood Overload[edit]

I think this article has got a real overload of information on Portland's neighborhoods. I just tried to condense the information here, going from a laundry list of neighborhoods (which seemed wholly impractical) to five paragraphs, one for each section of the city, with info on the neighborhoods within that section. But I still feel like there's too much information here, so any thoughts or suggestions on how to handle this would be welcome. PerryPlanet Talk 00:39, 9 March 2010 (EST)


The lighthouse image is of the wrong city! —The preceding comment was added by (talkcontribs)

Hello! Thanks for sharing this, I will try to create a new one. GiulioC (talk) 05:36, 24 March 2015 (EDT)

Updates to stay safe[edit]

I've made a few changes to the Stay safe section, specifically:

  1. revising some clunky syntax and word choice;
  2. providing context for the growing homelessness issue in Portland;
  3. removing prejudiced commentary about people experiencing homelessness; and
  4. updating information about the presence of Portland Police Bureau officers in the city (they are definitely a visible presence, especially in downtown and along 82nd Ave).

Pdxgimlet (talk) 19:14, 19 September 2018 (EDT)

I'm also weighing the pros and cons of mentioning the recent increase in white supremacist activity in the Portland metro area. Between Oregon's founding history as a literal whites-only utopia, the racially-motivated double murder on a MAX train a few years ago, and the increasing number of public demonstrations by white supremacist hate groups, it's not exactly all sunshine and daisies.
I certainly don't wish to scare anyone away from visiting Portland. However, as a person of color who lives here, I have to deal with this stuff day-to-day. Also, if I were traveling to a place like Portland for the first time, I'd much rather be aware of this stuff beforehand.
For the article itself, I'm thinking about starting on a reassuring note, that the overwhelming majority of Portland's visitors and inhabitants are very tolerant and inclusive. However in recent years we've seen an increase in white supremacist activity, citing the MAX stabbing and white supremacist groups public demonstrations. As a visitor, the likelihood of encountering outward white supremacists is very low (unless you go searching for them), but being aware of your surroundings is a good idea, especially at night and/or in outlying areas. Also keeping an eye on the local news and staying well clear of any planned demonstrations (unless they specifically want to be involved).
What do y'all think??
Pdxgimlet (talk) 19:36, 19 September 2018 (EDT)
Hello! Thanks for your edits and I agree with you about "starting on a reassuring note". Just keep in mind our Be fair policy. If you need help let us know! Happy editing! GiulioC (talk) 03:50, 20 September 2018 (EDT)

Here's a draft of what I'd like to add to the "Stay safe" section, under the subheading "Protests and public demonstrations":

Portland has a well-earned reputation for political activism. Despite what a few sensationalized news reports might suggest, the overwhelming majority of public demonstrations and protests are peaceful, well-organized, and coordinated in advance with city officials.

However, in recent years Portland has also been the site of several "dueling" public demonstrations between white supremacist and anti-fascist groups. These events have devolved into physical violence, with riot police aggressively deploying tear gas and flashbang grenades. Thankfully, these events are infrequent and easy to avoid. Keep an eye on the local news and steer well clear of any planned demonstrations (unless you specifically want to be involved). Pdxgimlet (talk) 11:51, 28 November 2018 (EST)