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Portland and Seattle: The New Burbs!

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There are so many tech types commuting between Portland, San Jose, and Austin now that Alaska Airlines calls the flights between those cities "nerd birds." But it turns out telecommuting and regular flights between SF and the Pacific Northwest portend something even bigger than funny rhymes: a WSJ story calls Portland and Seattle the "new suburbs" of San Francisco — where, for example, a 4-bed house can be had for $350k, and where a guy can still keep his San Francisco job. As suburbs go, we suppose, Portland's not bad. [WSJ]