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  • You can get away without a car pretty easily. The MAX [tri-met.org] runs from the airport right by the hotel and all the way out to blissful suburbia in the west and less-blissful suburbia in the east. There's a stop just a few blocks from Powell's and Powell's Technical, and they're in the free downtown zone. (To and from the airport isn't free, but $1.55 or so each way is cheaper than a taxi or a rental car.)

    This town's nice to pedestrians.

    • A few corrections.

      MAX's closest approach to the conference hotel is about six blocks (and I don't call that "right by"). If you're rolling your roll-a-board, it's probably OK, but if you have checked luggage without wheels, it might be a bit of a drag. (Note to chromatic: were you confusing the Marriot Marquis on Broadway with the waterfront "downtown" Marriott? The conference hotel is the latter, and less centrally located, unfortunately.)

      MAX doesn't go close to either of the Powell's. However, once you've found the bus mall (about 4 blocks from the conference hotel, and in a perpendicular direction to the MAX line), many frequent busses go north/south in the mall toward the Powell's Tech store, and yes, the busses are free in that area. You're still about 5 blocks from the nearest free bus to Powell's City of Books, and 2 blocks to Powell's Technical, but that's closer than walking the 18 blocks from the conference hotel.

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      • Randal L. Schwartz
      • Stonehenge
      • Yeah, I had confused the two hotels.

        I do count Powell's as fairly close to MAX, though. It's a five-minute walk from the station at 9th -- that's my preferred stop!