6/16/08

Random Portland Facts...

One of the fun things about driving a cab is that people are often asking questions about Portland, I wander around the 'nets trying to find interesting things to tell visitors.

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The Taco Bell at 21st and W Burnside has the busiest Fri and Sat night sales out of all the TBell's in this country. (according to the grave manager in the window)

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Portland has the smallest city park inside the city limits of any city in this country: Mill End Park. It is 2.5 feet in diameter.

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Portland's Forest Park has over 5,000 sq acres, it's the largest urban wilderness in this country.

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Portland has more strip clubs, per capita, than any other city in this country.

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Portland has more micro breweries inside their city limits than any other city in the world.

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Portland has the second largest copper hammered statue in the country. Largest being the Statue of Liberty: Portlandia.

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Portland has the filthiest river in the country running right thru downtown: the Willamette.

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Portland is the 23rd largest city in this country. 3rd largest on the west coast.

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Multnomah County (dntn Portland) is - geographically - the smallest county in the country with the largest population.

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Harney county in Oregon is larger than 10 of the states in the US.

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Oregon is the 10th largest state in the country.

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It is illegal to pump your own gas in Oregon.

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In 2008 voted:

#1 for Greenest Cities (Popular Science)
#5 for Cleanest Cities (Forbes)
#1 best city to have a baby (Fit Pregnancy)
#2 largest bicycle commuter city (Bicyclist)

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Portland and Bend, OR are the only 2 contiguous US cities built w/extinct volcanoes inside their city limits.

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We have no sales tax in Oregon. But we make up for it with property and income taxes.

6 comments:

Sizzle said...

I've always wanted to know WHY they don't let you pump your gas. When I was there visiting a few months ago I asked the guy pumping the gas and he had no answer. He said it was maybe because the folks thought it was safer.

I was not satisfied with his explanation.

Paradise Driver said...

Too the previous comment, I was told that it was a job preservation law.

I love details like that. And I found that the out-of-area passengers did too.

Dave2 said...

I am moving to Portland tomorrow. Mind if I crash at your place for a year or two while I find a job and search for an apartment?

Iron Fist said...

Mill's End Park!

Oh yeah, and one more trivia fact: Portland has the best fucking bloggers in the nation, too!

Tragerstreit said...

Some of those I knew. Most of them, I did not. Yowza.

TrixieTaxi said...

Sizz: Yeah, it's a job thing: creates a load of min. wage jobs. Keeps the prices down as well - somehow. That's why we are less than you'se guys up north. Our min wage is 7.55 - about 3rd highest in the nation.

Wil: Yeah, it's fun throwing random facts at people sometimes.

Dave: Um ... sure. A year would be all right but I'm thinking 2 might be taking advantage. I'm betting you could get a job as a petroleum transfer technician. Imagine the glamour!

Fist: Indeed. And apparently some of them are nekkid too.

Trag: Good to see you back!!