I wish you the best of luck in your move, Mack seems to have his finger on the pulse, If you have not found someone, give him a shout. As a former Brooklyn native moving to New Jersey was tough.. Portland would prbably kill me. ( Brooklyn icanhaveeverythingIwantwhenIwantitwise)
Anyway, if you need a "very good" moving company this is the onloy compnay I trust and have moved my clients to San Francisco, Portland, Arizona, Florida.. and a whole bunch of other places, they are the best and most reliable company that I have come across.
Wheaton Van Lines - All Brunswick Van Lines - 732-247-1881
Regardless welcome... you will love it here!
Artsy is what Portland does!
The area you pick depends on your price range and whether you prefer a hippy, modern, yuppie, or touristy slant to your art scene. They are all walkable with fantastic shops and cafes. I keep a blog going on our Portland cafes.
The area also depends on the era of homes you prefer: 1890's, 1910's, etc. Each decade has distinct features.
I can talk about this stuff all day.