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Lewis & Clark College
With a tight academic focus and excellent staff to student ratios, it is surprising that Lewis and Clark College is not more well known nationally. It offers a quality, niche education in the fields of arts and sciences, law and teaching/counseling.
Great Land Use and Great Beer in Portland
Portland, or PDX for the tech-heads, is known alternately as the City of Roses, Stumptown, Bridgetown, Rip City and Little Beirut. It is famous for its love of mind-altering drinks - nothing illegal, but there are more coffee shops and microbreweries in Portland than in most other cities across the nation.
Driving Round the City of Roses
Portland is generally an extremely walkable city, with a walkability factor of 97 out of 100. However the area around Lewis and Clark University scores only 23 out of 100 for walkability, being somewhat away from the center of town. If you can make it a mile, you have access to bars, coffee shops, grocery stores and restaurants without harming the environment.
For those who prefer to go car-less, TriMet operates both buses and light rail across the city, and the strong urban planning of the region makes it fairly easy to navigate.
Portland, Oregon is home to some of the world's strangest annual events ... while you won't find wife carrying or cheese races here, you will find oddities like the Annual Elephant Garlic Festival, Arg-Fest-o-Con and the Robin Hood Festival. There is also a more usual festival and event calendar, featuring the Missisippi Ave Street Fair, Orgeon Brewer's Festival, and a Grape stomping festival at St Josef's Winery.
Apartments A-Plenty in Portland
There are plenty of apartments and other housing for rent in Portland, and prices are quite reasonable. If your housing budget is up to $600 per month, you can find a good selection of one to two bedroom apartments in the city. Most are between five and ten miles away from Lewis and Clark University.
Microbrews and Coffee - Portland Dining and Nightlife
Although located slightly south of the city, the area around Lewis and Clark university still has some quite good nightlife. Journeys and Cider Mill Restaurant and Lounge are nearby old favorites.
Lunchtime munchies will find you at one of the popular student haunts around Lewis and Clark University, with multicultural options like New Delhi Restaurant, Otto and Anoita's, and Marco's Café which serves vegetarian.
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Is Tacoma a town where I'll need a car to get to work?
Tacoma has an amazing selection of public transportation so it would be surprising if you did need a car to get to work. Between buses, commuter rail, light rail and ferries, it makes sense to commute on one of them rather than get into congested traffic. For more information check http://www.piercetransit.org/ and www.soundtransit.org for more information.
Where in Tacoma should I live if I'd like to walk or bike to work and to restaurants and bars from my apartment?
According to walkscore.com, New Tacoma is by far the most pedestrian-friendly section of town, with a walk score of 86 out of 100. New Tacoma includes the downtown district, which consists of Tacoma's Helens Neighborhood, the Theater District, Central Business District, Warehouse/Brewery District, Foss Waterway, McCarver Neighborhood, Stadium District, and the Dome District. Some other areas with higher-than-average walkscores include Central Tacoma with a walkscore of 69, and the North End with a walkscore of 68.
What are some quiet neighborhoods in Tacoma?
Some quiet neighborhoods in Tacoma include North Tacoma (otherwise known as the North End) and Northeast Tacoma. They are also, however, the most expensive neighborhoods in Tacoma. Northeast Tacoma is the most affluent area of Tacoma. Because of the hilly terrain, many homes in the area have views. North Tacoma is solidly middle class.
Is Tacoma pet friendly?
With quite a few off-leash dog areas and a number of other open spaces, Tacoma is pet-friendly. Dog-specific parks include Chambers Creek Dog Beach, Chambers Creek Temporary Dog Park, Dugan Foundation Spay/Neuter Clinic Dog Park, McKinley Park Off-Leash Dog Area, Rogers Dog Park, and the South Tacoma Community Center Off-Leash Dog Area. Places where you take your pets as long as they are kept on leash include Puget Park, McKinley Park, Lincoln Park, Swan Creek County Park, and Ruston's Point Defiance Park. For hiking and camping with your pets, the Cascade Mountains are located to the east of Tacoma.