Every city has its main drag. In Montreal, it’s quite literally “The Main,” which years ago was the dividing line between the city’s English- and French-speaking neighborhoods. These days the street (officially Boulevard Saint-Laurent) is less a partition than it is an artery, funneling Anglophones and Francophones, American tourists and European business travelers alike past used bookstores and neon-lit boutiques toward one common destination: Schwartz’s Deli, home of the best smoked-meat sandwich on planet earth.
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.