Talk:Portland metropolitan area

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Size[edit]

How big is this metro area? One part of this article says that it includes parts of some counties (Skamania for one) and another part of this article says it includes all of those counties. I added up the areas of all the counties and came up with 6719 square miles total- way more than the 400-600 square miles quoted. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 71.117.176.209 (talk) 15:49, 4 September 2008 (UTC)

Sorry, this article needs a lot of work. Much of it comes across as original research and someone's personal opinion as to what is the metro area. Officially, per the U.S. Census Bureau, the Portland MSA is: (page 45)Clackamas County, OR; Columbia County, OR; Multnomah County, OR; Washington County, OR; Yamhill County, OR; Clark County, WA; Skamania County, WA so if you want to know the area, add up each county's area. As to the 550-600 quoted, it was referring only to the Oregon side and only that land that is urbanized. Hopefully that helps. Aboutmovies (talk) 11:19, 5 September 2008 (UTC)

Requested move[edit]

The following discussion is an archived discussion of a requested move. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section on the talk page. Editors desiring to contest the closing decision should consider a move review. No further edits should be made to this section.

The result of the move request was: page not moved. Portland, Oregon is the primary topic based on population, and two dabs do not require a dab page. Hatnotes seem sufficient to resolve the issue. Miniapolis 14:58, 13 April 2013 (UTC)



Portland metropolitan areaPortland, Oregon metropolitan area – To avoid confusion with the Portland, Maine metropolitan area. Please see Wikipedia talk:Article titles#U.S. metropolitan areas and OMB statistical areas.  Buaidh  17:52, 26 March 2013 (UTC)

  • While there are many claimants to the name Portland, we are not talking about Portland here but instead Portland metropolitan area, and besides the two metro areas mentioned above, how many are there? And more importantly, are any even notable, let alone notable enough to come within the debate as to primary? Aboutmovies (talk) 05:29, 3 April 2013 (UTC)
  • Support per nom and to make naming of these more consistent. One issue with many names is that all too often the names used are not intuitive or informative for a good number of readers. The proposed change is a move in a good direction. This will not help readers who don't know what Oregon or Maine are, but it will help many others. Vegaswikian (talk) 22:09, 5 April 2013 (UTC)
  • Oppose. So far as I can tell this is a WP:TWODABS situation between this article and Portland, Maine metropolitan area. I don't know that the Oregon article is necessarily primary, but I'm not seeing convincing evidence that it's not.--Cúchullain t/c 22:13, 8 April 2013 (UTC)
I could live with the current title redirecting to Portland, Oregon metropolitan area per WP:TWODABS, but I still think the title of this article should mirror Portland, Oregon. --BDD (talk) 22:18, 8 April 2013 (UTC)
Per WP:PRECISION, I'd object to "Portland, Oregon..." if plain "Portland..." was just going to redirect there. It's just Louisville metropolitan area, Nashville metropolitan area, Albuquerque metropolitan area, etc.--Cúchullain t/c 01:01, 9 April 2013 (UTC)
There is only one Nashville metropolitan area, one Louisville metropolitan area, and one Albuquerque metropolitan area. There are two Portland metropolitan areas. Please see the List of metropolitan areas of the United States.
The Portland metropolitan area page should be a disambiguation page.  Buaidh  14:52, 10 April 2013 (UTC)
Again, I'd have to see some evidence that this article isn't the primary "Portland metropolitan area" to support creating a two-entry dab page. If more people are looking for the Oregon metro, it should stay put; readers looking for Maine can already get there in as few clicks as they could with a dab page.--Cúchullain t/c 19:05, 10 April 2013 (UTC)
To my recollection, of all major cities of the United States, Portland, Oregon and and Portland, Maine are the two most commonly confused. Perhaps Portland, Maine is no longer of any import, but I suspect New Englanders would disagree.  Buaidh  19:51, 10 April 2013 (UTC)
I mean, I'd need to see evidence (page view stats, search engine results, source comparisons, etc) that the Oregon metro isn't more prominent to support a move. The page view stats are confused due to recent moves, but they seem to suggest the Oregon article is more viewed; it's certainly the much bigger of the two and I suspect more nationally known. Folks looking for the Maine article can get there in as few clicks through a hatnote as they can through a dab page; if the Oregon article is actually primary, all a dab page would do is add another step for more readers without reducing steps for anyone.--Cúchullain t/c 20:42, 10 April 2013 (UTC)

────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────Buaidh, since you've posted notes about this discussion to various Maine talk pages[1][2][3] may I ask that you extend the same courtesy to Oregon editors, considering that this is actually an Oregon article?--Cúchullain t/c 15:05, 11 April 2013 (UTC)

This is an Oregon article that may create confusion for users seeking the other famous Portland. I have no skin in this game. I don't live within a thousand kilometers of either city. I just don't feel civic boosterism should be allowed to confuse users. Yours aye,  Buaidh  16:22, 11 April 2013 (UTC)
If you have no skin in the game I don't know why you wouldn't bring this up with all affected users, especially those who may have something to say about the article you're trying to move.--Cúchullain t/c 16:58, 11 April 2013 (UTC)
Never mind, I went ahead and did it.--Cúchullain t/c 17:07, 11 April 2013 (UTC)

Please note: Of the 917 Core Based Statistical Areas of the United States, 168 have a principal city with the same name as the principal city of another Core Based Statistical Area area. Please see the List of metropolitan areas of the United States. Portland is a disambiguation page. Yours aye,  Buaidh  19:20, 10 April 2013 (UTC)

  • Support per nominator. 331dot (talk) 23:00, 10 April 2013 (UTC)
  • Oppose - Portland, Oregon, is over four times the size of Portland, Maine. So I think this article title and Portland, Maine metropolitan area are fine as-is. 76.189.111.2 (talk) 01:59, 11 April 2013 (UTC)
  • Support. Makes sense to me, for the sake of consistency and because there are many places named Portland. --Another Believer (Talk) 17:04, 11 April 2013 (UTC)

Clarification: The preferred article title for metropolitan areas is the article title of the principal city with the lower-case words " metropolitan area" appended. Please see the List of metropolitan areas of the United States. Yours aye,  Buaidh  18:16, 11 April 2013 (UTC)

To copy and paste myself from elsewhere, it's not really "preferred" and it's certainly not required. In addition to the listed metros there are many more that follow this article's current format, such as Albuquerque metropolitan area, Jacksonville metropolitan area, Nashville metropolitan area, or Louisville metropolitan area, not to metion things like Delaware Valley and Tampa Bay Area.--Cúchullain t/c 18:21, 11 April 2013 (UTC)
I don't wish to get in a squabble between two fine cities. Portland, Oregon has Portlandia and Portlandia, and Portland, Maine has the Portland Head Light and the Portland submarine fence. Yours aye,  Buaidh  21:32, 11 April 2013 (UTC)
  • Comment: the proposed title misses the closing comma after the state – like "Portland, Oregon, metropolitan area" – per WP:Basic copyediting, section Punctuation. HandsomeFella (talk) 22:36, 11 April 2013 (UTC)
    • Does not apply. If you are writing a sentence, Portland, Oregon, one of the largest metropolitan areas, a comma is needed. Portland, Oregon metropolitan area does not. Apteva (talk) 03:14, 13 April 2013 (UTC)
    • That is against the naming convention. TBrandley 03:20, 13 April 2013 (UTC)
  • Support There are numerous communities and terms named Portland, aside from Portland, Maine. The population here is not relevant, but rather which is the common name regardless of size. TBrandley 03:20, 13 April 2013 (UTC)
The above discussion is preserved as an archive of a requested move. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section on this talk page or in a move review. No further edits should be made to this section.