Meanwhile, Portland, Oregon is the host of this year’s International Making Cities Livable Conference. I lived in Portland for years without a car. The city is very walkable, has an excellent transit system, and the nicest drivers. I used to have drivers stop for me so that I could cross a pedestrian crossing. I’m not trying to unfairly knock Tuscaloosa. Even though it’s sweltering in the summer, I like the sunshine better than the rainy days of Portland. Nevertheless, I miss Portland.