Some people could be familiar with the term Pacific Wonderland, which is even on some of our license plates here in Oregon.
Some people may think or have heard the Pacific Northwest is a natural wonderland filled with natural beauty and liberal thinking people, with killer green bud and dank microbrew. We have clean air, great schools, and a booming economy.
Some of that might be true, but it's not a wonderland when;
You have high rates of depression and suicide
high rates of drug addiction and homelessness
have some of the most unaffordable housing in the country.
I love the Pacific Northwest, I'm glad I was raised in Portland, but we have a lot of room for improvement. Some of the challenges we face are systemic and countrywide, they may need to be addressed on a national level. We might not be able to fix them all by ourselves.
So that's why this blog is called Pacific Underland. Plus it just sounds cool.