- Oct 21, 2015
I think I’ve walked down the street he told you to avoid and it’s not too bad... but you’re literally passing a homeless camp. Ha.I have only walked around Portland once, probably about 5 years ago. I arrived on 27 and was leaving on southbound Starlight and wanted to check out Powell's Books. A security officer at the Station told me to walk down a certain street to get there and by doing so I should be able to avoid "aggressive" panhandlers. I took his advice and did not encounter any panhandlers, aggressive or meek, and had a nice time between trains.
Of course the lounge in Portland is very nice, good coffee and comfortable furniture and a nice view of the tracks. Very pleasant. I think I could spend 3 or 4 days there, drinking coffee and reading, no problem.
Everyone raves about Powell’s but there prices were so high I didn’t buy anything. I think I’m just spoiled by having a great used book store near me with cheap prices. It’s certsinly a fun place to visit though!
I’ve only tried to visit the lounge once, and had a really bad experience. Others have said how much they enjoyed it so I should give it another try. My visit it was quite crowded and the attendant didn’t want to store my bag and told me I didnt have time to leave the station (I got lunch AND visited the 4449 In the time I had!). It was all really odd.
It’s sad... when I think of Portland Union Station I think of the pacific parlour cars and the Talgos.