As many know, Portland has become a magnet for street kids, the homeless, and hipsters. On the latter, a writer in The New York Times Magazine notes:
"Portland's paradox is that it attracts so many of "the young and the restless," as demographers call them, that it has become a city of the overeducated and underemployed — a place where young people are, in many cases, forced into their semiretirement."
Over at The Oregonian, Molly Young reports on that article (sad, reporting on an east-coast magazine article is considered "journalism" these days), adds a few other figures and a couple of thoughts, and calls it good. There's no question, as she notes, that times are tough for the under-40 crowd that inundates us: wages in that age group are among the lowest in the top 50 metropolitan areas around the country.
But there's an upside to everything, and as one person notes, we have some of the best-educated baristas and parking attendants in the country.