Frequently cited as a model American city, Portland is recognized as a center for creative industries and sustainable living. A prominent crafts community and a thriving art and design scene make this walkable, neighborhood-oriented urban beauty a stimulating experience for the creative maker.
Characterized by civic engagement and forward-thinking, long-term urban planning, Portland embraces responsibility in a way that is deeply satisfying and, well, fun! The City of Roses' is known for great food that is local and organic, a flourishing and green coffee culture, ubiquitous microbreweries featuring handcrafted beer, and a venerated indie music scene. Offering a rich yet affordable lifestyle, Portland supports the types of micro-economies that resonate with the entrepreneurial designer-maker.
Exceedingly navigable and bicycle-friendly, getting around Portland's "five quadrants" — north, northeast, southeast, southwest, and northwest — couldn't be easier. Whether on the serene, bucolic Oregon College of Art and Craft campus along Portland's western edge, in the vibrant, Pearl District setting of Pacific Northwest College of Art or in the Applied Craft and Design Studio near Lower Burnside, you're always within close proximity of the essential, and the desirable; qualities of life Portland seems to excel at providing!