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Hey. It's been awhile.

 

My wife and I are looking into moving to Portland Oregon sometime in May of 2014.

 

I am curious to know what the job market is like. Is the market over saturated?

 

Where should we look for apartments? We'd love to either live downtown in some cool place or the complete opposite and live somewhere in the woods but close to a train. Any ideas on what neighborhoods to search using Craigslist?

 

Basically anything will help and be extremely useful as we start moving forward with this plan.

 

Thanks in advance.

 

Cheers.

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Hi

 

Good call on moving to Portland. It is really on fire in a good way.

 

The job market is fine if you have skills. It is no LA but that is the point. The community is really supportive and does not have to many vampires.

 

Lots of really cool neighborhoods. You want to be no farther out from the river than 42nd unless you are into cyclone fencing and pitbulls.

 

Downtown has lots of new rentals but they are expensive relative to Portland. If I had the cash living in the Pearl District could be fun but the demographic is a little rich for my blood. There is a cool secret neighborhood near downtown called Goose Hollow. Not a lot of openings but it is right next to downtown but feels secluded.

 

All these neighborhoods, close in on the East side are super super solid: Hawthorne, Division, Clinton, Belmont. Basically anywhere between Division and Burnside between 1st and 42nd are good. Lots of young people, bars, and more food options than you will every be able to handle.

 

North Portland historically has been the lower income are but it is gentrifying so there is now a mix of everything and the result is probably the most diverse and cool part of Portland. The Alberta street district is really arty with bars, gallerys, and more alternative folks then any other neighborhood. There are also the Williams street and Mississippi street neighborhoods in North Portland that are going crazy and becoming really cool.

 

On the West side there is the area called NorthWest that is from about 14th to 23rd. It is more upscale but not to bad. It is nice but I would not want to have to park there.

 

Not on the map is another option in the West Hills called Multnomah village. If you want to be 5 miles out of the thick of it it is nice but more if you are thinking of putting a kid in school or something along those lines.

 

If I had to move it would be to the Clinton Street District. Go there, sell your car, buy a bike, and your good to go.

 

Food: A-Pizza Scholes - Bunk Bar for Sandos - esparza's Tex Mex (Panhco Enchalada)

 

<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/freddyk/9992746726/" title="Portland by fredknack, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2844/9992746726_5f4e11a0b1.jpg" width="500" height="366" alt="Portland"></a>

 

Fred

 

 

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Wow. Thanks Fred!

 

It's great to know there is work out there.

 

Thanks for all the info on neighborhoods.

 

I cycle 100 - 175 miles a week and love to ride BMX every now and again. So I am pretty excited about cycling in Portland.

 

I'll keep the forum updated.

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Also you have tons of little boutiques up here looking for designers and mograph/3D freelancers.

Nike,Intel,Adidas,Hinge,Roundhouse,W&K,Instrument tons of others and new small production co's popping up all the time up here.

Im in SW but I like it since I have a family.

The Lumberyard is a fun place if your like to BMX or have some track/ramp fun in NE near the airport.

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I am beyond excited. Thanks for the info. Will be visiting in December to check things out and soak it all in.

 

Whats the average rate in Portland for freelancers? Are more studios looking for freelancers or for employees?

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I'm currently visiting Portland, and it is everything that jumpwire said and MORE. I'm sold. San Francisco is doing it so wrong...

 

But the big question is, is there any motion graphics work here? If there is a decent market, freelance or otherwise then I'm set. Anyone familiar with the mograph scene here? Thanks!

 

EDIT: looks like I didn't read filmbot's post. So that's awesome. How does one get their foot in the door around here?

Edited by dotcommer

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good idea to visit in december to see if you like the rain and darkness + set up some meetings with places to say hello.

i moved from nyc this past june. been booked solid the entire time. renting a home in ladd's addition. everyone i've met has been super nice.

i suppose it all depends what you're looking for. don't expect it to be brooklyn, though it shares some likeness.

 

i've been able to bill NY rates so far.

 

 

regarding getting your foot in the door... same as always. do good work, play nice with others, don't be too pushy. once you land a couple gigs your name will spread.

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Hey everyone!

 

So I finally moved into Portland. I'd love to meet up and grab some beer or some coffee. Also would love to link up with any designers or motion designers that like to ride bikes before work!

 

Cheers.

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Nice baynoise! How long have you been out there and did you land a fulltime or are you freelancing?

 

I haven't even had the time to contact people yet. Flew in yesterday! Gonna take it slow over the next week or two and see what happens!

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Hey Everyone,

 

I am moving to Portland now for sure. Will be up there in January 2015 looking for work and a place to live. I visited in August which was really cool. I love it up there. I'm updating my portfolio soon and would be stoked for any updates on open positions in studios. Please let me know if you here of anything.

 

J.

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