So, can you live in downtown Portland without a car? The answer is emphatically yes! In a recent article in Oregon live.com proved this fact with a resident living like a car-less tourist in Portland for seven days. But, this is a tourist, can someone really live in downtown without a car? Absolutely? There is so much to do and ways to get around in downtown that you may only need an Uber or a friend with a car to really get out of town.
The article states that Lizzie Acker, a Portland local gave yourself an extra challenge where she would find out what living in downtown Portland is like without a car. Most of the days she used the tri-met day pass, costing just five dollars a day, this gets you on all buses, the Max, and the streetcar. But she didn't just stay downtown either. She spent the first day viewing Northwest sites a walk starting at Pittock Mansion and visiting the Portland Japanese garden, the Rose Test Garden, and enjoying food on NW. 23rd St.
Throughout the next few days, she visited the Lloyd Center for ice-skating, shopping and movies at the Hollywood theater. One day she took a bike ride to Mount Tabor and rented her bike from Bike Town, traveling from Mount Tabor Park North past Rose City Park and back.
One day she decided to take the bridges and the tram going back and forth from Portland's Southwest waterfront along Portland's aerial tram. This gave her a great way to check out Pine Street market, and waterfront paths.
From funky shops, restaurants, and markets a long division and Hawthorne, to the Bagdad Theater and of course Powell's bookshop, there's so much to explore on foot and with public transportation that seven days just won't cover it all.
If you really want to explore Portland you can certainly do it without a car. But, more importantly, if you want to live here are public transportation system is second to none. We have so many different options and inexpensive options as well.
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I would suggest the Pearl District if you're looking for high-end studios and condominiums or some historical neighborhoods such as Ladds Addition and Buckman. Browse the website for listings in all of these neighborhoods or simply give me a call and let's discuss your needs and what you'd like to achieve by living in downtown Portland. Because I know the entire area I can help you make the right decision on where to live in Portland.