moving to portland (maybe)
I'm considering a move to portland ,from the suburbs of nyc. However, I am now primarily using a wheelchair to get around. Wondering if any of You can give me an idea of an area with an interesting mix of restaurants (and maybe more),affordable as money will be tight.and in keeping with this board , include some recommendations
Well, one of the things about this town is you have to call every restaurant to find out about accessibility...and you have to ask questions. Folks will tell you that their restaurant is accessible, because they have an accesible bathroom, and they will completely forget about that one step outside that makes it impossible for you to get in. I have a friend that uses a scooter and my mom used a wheelchair so the situation is not foreign to me.
The SE part of town is big, but there are lots of restaurants about. A nice cluster is concentrated on SE Division from the 20's through the 30's. It isn't inexpensive to live closer in, I just gave up an apartment in a mostly accessible newer building that was just shy of 700 sq ft and rent plus utilities cost close to $1,000/mo - cheap by NYC standards (I'm from Brooklyn, have lived here for 12 years), but not really by Portland standards.
The Pearl would be easy in terms of accesssibility, but is one of the more expensive and fancy places to live and is mostly luxury highrises. There are good restaurants there, but then, there are a lot of good places in town. There are some good restaurant choices in NE and N Portland too - esp. around the N Mississippi area and around the NE Alberta area, which are in late to final gentrification stages, but those older rentals are for sure, not at all accessible in terms of housing. Though I don't know if you will be renting or buying...
One good thing here is that all of the public transport is accessible and the paratransit services (TriMet LIFT program), if you require them, are decent, although time consuming (as you know if you use them anywhere). If you are using public transport, you will need to get some great rain gear, though, because not all bus and light rail stops have shelters. And that might be an issue if you use an electric wheelchair or scooter...you might have to use LIFT in bad weather.
Lots of renters here and the market is tight which means prices are high. But they just keep building, and some of these newer buildings would be more accessible options - there are 2-3 buildings going up on that stretch of SE Division I mentioned above alone.