Thought I'd blow the dust off this com and make an informative post about its status, pretty much for those that might stumble in looking for a good Portland com.
One exists. Specifically, damnportlanders
(or "DP"), which has been around since before time. This
com was created a few years ago as a result of a moderator policy in DP that many disagreed with ... so, four of us got together and founded this community as an alternative. My friend Mike was one. I was another.
Since then, the mod team (and policy) of DP changed, and whatever actual issue inspired the schism in the first place either vanished, or wasn't important anymore, and activity in this com dwindled as the users went back to DP.
For unrelated reasons, Mike left LJ. Then his account was hacked, and the hacker removed the rest of us as mods. Mike later got back into his account, but then deleted it, since the hacker had apparently removed most of his old entries. The com existed without a mod for quite awhile, but no one really minded: there was minimal traffic, and the other two founders also became inactive on LJ.
Recently I got the LJ team to reinstate me as mod here, pretty much just so someone could remove spam entries (which I just did). Which brings us up to date.
So. Looking for a good Portland com? Try DP. There are a ton of people there, more so than any other Portland com on LJ, and in general we're pretty helpful, although snarky.