Asheville vs. Portland debate rages

A long and interesting debate has sprung up on Reddit about the comparative virtues of Asheville vs. Portland, Ore.

A good plug for Asheville:

Portland has trees in the mountains. NC has trees on the way to the grocery store.

A counterpunch by a left-coaster:

Not to say everyone who lives there is weird, but I’ve seen some strange toothless wonders in mountains of NC. So, if you move there don’t leave the city without protection.

via Portland, OR or Asheville, NC. Planning to move to one of them, any advice from reddit? : AskReddit.

Housing costs, music and entertainment scene, employment opportunities, and lifestyle all get touched in the thread on Reddit, a popular social news website. The discussion got started when one member — trying to decide on which place to live — requested advice.

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1 Response to “Asheville vs. Portland debate rages”


  1. 1 Marco Tedeschi October 5, 2010 at 6:17 am

    Portland is the number 1 greenest city in the country and number 2 in the world.

    Asheville sees green on the way to the grocery store

    Portland hosts a variety of performing arts institutions which include the Oregon Ballet Theatre, Oregon Symphony, Portland Center Stage, Portland Baroque Orchestra and the Portland Opera. It also has quite a few stages similar to New York’s Off Broadway or Off-Off-Broadway such as Portland Center Stage, Artists Repertory Theatre, Miracle Theatre, Stark Raving Theatre, and Tears of Joy Theatre. Portland hosts the world’s only HP Lovecraft Film Festival at the Hollywood Theatre.

    Asheville, self proclaimed as one of the leading cities in the country to encourage, promote and support small and entrepreneurial type business is host to 3 Walmart Supercenters. I’m taking a wild guess here but I think A city official is getting deeper pockets while the Corp employee goes deep without a glove are spending weekends sleeping together… probably in Portland.

    Portland’s current Mayor, Sam Adams, became the city’s first openly-gay mayor in 2009.

    Most people in Asheville don’t even know who their current Mayor is. Terry Bellamy, the current Mayor AND in her 2nd consecutive term, is the first African-American and the youngest mayor of her hometown of Asheville, N.C.

    The young people from Portland develop and retain an early respect for intelligence of wit.

    The people of Asheville entered the “Battle of Wit” contest but were immediately disqualified for lack of ammunition.

    Asheville sure painted a small corner to stand in on this one!


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