Priceless Portland?

Over at Human Transit, Jerrett is suggesting that Portland is luring folks with a set of “unmeasurable” attributes:

People do go Portland for the lifestyle at every point on the economic ladder. That includes the young unemployed …

I connect that to the remarkably womblike quality of Portland’s physical environment. The gentle embrace of the forested hills, the wet and mild climate, the famously intimate built scale, the relative lack of crushing big-city monumentalism in its architecture.

Does that explain our declining VMT (guess I’m still hung up on things that can be measured)?

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