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Portland: Not So Perfect After All?

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So much for being a model of urban planning: BusinessWeek listed Portland as the most depressed city in the nation based on antidepressant sales, suicide rates, unemployment, divorce, and crappy weather. Portland is worse off than down on their luck cities like St. Louis (crime!), New Orleans (blight!), Detroit (everything!), Cleveland (no jobs!), Jacksonville (Florida!), and Las Vegas (housing market! heat!). LA didn't even make the top-20—we're so happy. Imagine if LA had reasonable housing prices and an adequate transit system—it'd be like we're on ecstasy all the time! [BusinessWeek]