Since its foundation in 1851, Portland, Oregon has been a city divided. The mighty Willamette River — pronounced "Will-AM-ette, goddammit," as any Portlander will proudly parrot — splits the city, East and West. Its presence is inescapable, a thick stripe of blue-grey, punctuated by 12 bridges of varying architectural style.

Another thing Portlanders will often tell you is which side of the city is best. You're either an East-sider or a West-sider and your life will largely centre around that part of the city. Why cross the river when you have everything you need right on your doorstep?

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