Aww, love all these stories of my hometown. I lived in Tigard during my teens, so it will always have a place in my heart, but, yeah, it's not exactly the prettiest town in the area.
So many Portland neighborhoods are just gorgeous. I love all the big old houses in N, NE, and SE. The International Rose Test Garden rightly gets a lot of attention, but the Peninsula Rose Garden in N. Portland is even prettier, IMO. It's in a slightly sunken area in the park, so it's somewhat hidden. When you happen down into it, you breathe in the roses, hear the fountain, walk the pathways...a true