I love Portland. And, any time I come to Portland, I make every effort to go to Powell's. Why? Because where else can you spend all day looking at books (and so many books) that often you can't find elsewhere?
So, yes! If you love books, go to Powells. However, try to take public transportation, walk to the store or park somewhere else. The parking garage is a version of Russion Roulette, where you honk to indicate you are "coming down" the one lane driveway of Powell's parking garage. The parking is free (if it's not full) for a certain period of time while you shop, but this is one time it's a good idea to look a gift horse in the mouth.
Shop at Powell's. Park somewhere else.
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