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“Heart of Portland”

Pioneer Courthouse Square
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Owner description: A popular square in downtown Portland.
Reno, Nevada
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38 reviews
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“Heart of Portland”
Reviewed January 1, 2013

Right in the middle of Portland. Very nice place to have lunch. People watching is always entertaining here. There are many events held here throughout the year. Metro station is a block away. Only negative is the homeless hanging around begging.

Visited December 2012
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“Clean, beautiful, artsy.”
Reviewed December 21, 2012 via mobile

Downtown Portland is a very clean area with a good amount of art. There are street sculptures at every turn and coffee everywhere. Everywhere. There is a mall and a lot of 'flagship' style brand stores and designer shops. We were here over Christmas, so Santa was the only thing going on in the square proper. I can see it being 'Portland's living room' on a busier day. It is a beautiful, well-maintained square with some cool old buildings nearby.

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Portland
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“Portland's Living Room”
Reviewed December 17, 2012

There's always something going on here--stroll through for the people-watching, hit the Starbucks on the upper corner, test the echos nearby, and then head to the main Nordy's. Now you're a Portlander.

Visited December 2012
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New York City, New York
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“Pioneer Square”
Reviewed December 8, 2012

A wonderful setting, surrounded by some architecturally significant buildings. Nice shops, and Starbucks too - but the aggressive, and verbally abusive panhandlers are a real problem. I travel a lot, in the US and abroad, and I have never encountered such a level of harassment - a bit off putting - a pity, because physically, it is a vibrant urban space

Visited December 2012
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Portland, Oregon
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“Portland's Living Room!”
Reviewed December 1, 2012

Located in central Portland and a great meeting spot. There is always activity taking place there. The square is all brick with a stadium theater type layout. At Christmas time that is where Portland's official x-mas tree is. Events happen in the square all through the year. Starbucks is located on the edge of the square so it is convenient to meet people, get a beverage, sit on the stairs and watch the activity taking place. In summer there is live music and movies. Truly Portland's living room!

Visited December 2012
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