Re: Portland Mamas
We ended up in Tigard (the rental market in February sucks) but that pretty much describes Tigard pretty well. We live within 2 miles of just about everything we need and I can just pop over to the park and ride and bus in to work.
The public transportation system is amazing and depending on where your DH works, will probably be a much better option than driving.
I don't know if we'll stay in Tigard long-term but we like it for now. Of course, we haven't been here all that long so not the best to ask. If it weren't for my DH's tools, I'd have insisted on living closer to downtown. The zoo here, which I haven't managed to visit yet, has its own MAX station that is supposed to be cool to see.
It's really hard to go wrong here.