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Get to Know Southeast Portland

Southeast Portland is arguably the most Portland-ish of Portland’s six districts, filled with charming, historical bungalows, quirky shops and restaurants, plenty of parks and playgrounds, and even its own (extinct) volcano. Southeast Portland has more than 20 smaller neighborhoods within its boundaries, each with its own strong sense of place, with some of most well-known including Mt. Tabor, Eastmoreland, Division-Clinton, Sellwood-Moreland, and Ladd's Addition. This quadrant is also home to Reed College, which sits in its own miniature college town of a neighborhood, with a pretty campus filled with Tudor Gothic buildings and a population of brilliant, brainy undergraduates. Portlanders everywhere concede that you’ll find the hippest and trendiest restaurants on the east side, as well as spots like Movie Madness, one of the country’s last surviving video rental stores, with more than 90,000 titles; QuarterWorld Arcade, a pinball paradise; and enough vintage clothing stores to keep the dream of the ‘90s alive.

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Living in Portland, OR

Portland is a city that’s almost close to perfect, an astonishingly beautiful and lush destination that has an incredibly well-defined sense of self. Portland residents are a welcoming bunch and pride themselves on their community spirit, with each neighborhood serving as its own little local village. Sure, Portland’s fondness for analog culture in a digital world might be frequently satirized, but the vintage clothing–clad, kombucha- and craft-beer-drinking denizens of the Rose City are sitting pretty, knowing that they’ve been ahead of the curve in cool for decades. And though Portland has many (many!) record stores, bookstores, and farmers markets (all with the benefit of no sales tax on any purchase), the area does boast its own well-known tech corridor, the Silicon Forest. Portland also has a strong advertising agency scene, where creatives compete for Nike and Adidas accounts, as both rival shoe companies are headquartered in the region.