So much for being a model of urban planning: BusinessWeek listed Portland as the most depressed city in the nation based on antidepressant sales, suicide rates, unemployment, divorce, and crappy weather.
Portland is worse off than down-on-their-luck cities like St. Louis (crime!), New Orleans (blight!), Detroit (everything!), Cleveland (no jobs!), Jacksonville (Florida!), and Las Vegas (housing market! heat!). Los Angeles didn’t even make the top-20 — we’re so happy. Imagine if L.A. had reasonable housing prices and an adequate transit system — it’d be like we’re on ecstasy all the time!