The city saw some returns during the housing bubble downturn, but as things start to recover again, they'll be seeing a lot of empty apartment bunkers. People are moving back to the 'burbs.
“What you saw before the crash is now coming back with a vengeance after the crash. This is not a blip,” said Garreau, the professor of law, culture and values at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University.
Portland politicians have been fueling the trend by enacting an unconstitutional head Arts Tax, still being debated, in which anyone who has a thousand dollars in income has to pay the city $35 (in theory). And then they have the "leaf tax", also $35 - although in some areas of the city they reportedly do pick up leaves.
There's also the new $125 permit system, wherein if you want to trim a tree or remove one on "your" property, you have to pay the city to tell you whether or not you can do it. The permit fee is nonrefundable, of course, and if you remove a tree, you are required to replace it with a city-approved tree, which you will purchase and plant - or else.
They're also looking at an income tax, because how else are you going to keep important services like the Bureau of Equity open?
It's no wonder that people are moving out of cities again.