Consistently ranked as one of the most livable cities in the country, Portland, Ore., is a progressive urban center nestled among some of the country’s most pristine natural settings. No wonder Portland — nicknamed “Rose City” — attracts some of the nation’s best and brightest citizens.
Shanghai is a city flying at full speed. Once called the “Paris of the East,” China’s most cosmopolitan urban center is far from French. Reminders of occupying European empires remain evident — barely — in the colonial riverfront grandeur of the Bund. But the Shanghai of today is more spaceport than Seine, more Martian than Montmartre. Amid the glimmering skyscrapers, one need only squint slightly to imagine hovercraft rather than cars navigating the smog locals insist is “haze.”