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Alexander Stange

Someone living in Washington DC calling out Portlanders for being inauthentic?

In other news, pot calls kettle black.

Perhaps instead of cynically wondering why a young person would hold a working-class job in Portland, the author of the Post article should ask why they wouldn't want the same job in another city? Clearly Portland offers a lifestyle that is in short supply, and as long as that stays the case the city will continue to grow.


Excellent, Brian. I would add a corollary: Rothko probably wouldn't have been able to become Rothko by moving to New York nowadays.

Stories like the Post's (and the shameful bit about Portland/Brooklyn that Willamette Week underwrote for The New York Observer last year) are nothing more than link bait. Mr. Stange's observation about the Post writer's current residence is well put: citizens of smaller cities like Portland and Pittsburgh don't have a problem with one another. The snark comes from the ex-pats and outlanders. New York doesn't have to fail for smaller cities to succeed, which is something these people don't seem to understand.

I'm a 6th-generation Portlander living in New York. I like it here, and it is considered a point of praise for a Brooklyn establishment to be described as Portland-like. A hopeful sign. Still, I do miss home.

Hiroshi Kaneko

Hello Brian,
Though I've only recently stumbled upon this blog, I've read back quite far and I now wait anxiously for the next entry from either you, Fred, or Bradley.

I am an architecture student at the University of Oregon, and have been a Portlander since the age of two. It is refreshing to read about architecture in a light other than "architecture for architecture's sake." The highlights of Portland's history, new development, local architects and design, and general musings on Portland and the Willamette valley are a treat.

I have decided to take the time to write a comment for the first time here after reading this particular article because it is something I have been observing partly from within the city, and partly from afar.

I'm in Eugene most of the school year, but I come up to Portland whenever the extended breaks permit. Each time I come back, even within as short a time as two weeks, I am astonished at all of the things Portland has become and is becoming (and where they are all stemming from: memories from when I was growing up).

When I first heard about the show Portlandia, I was a bit apprehensive. Fame, glory, show, what will it all mean for Portland? My thoughts since then have been perfectly outlined by your post.

I've always been weary of fashion, but when fashion comes with culture, a culture of small independent business, interest in crafts and trades, bicycles, and compost, I am all for it.

To hell if Portland's time is up. We're just getting started.

Thank you for the fantastic work, writing, and pictures.



In the “List” of “in” stuff and “out” stuff that Ms. Judkis references in her Post article, Portland shares the “out” section with tigers, organic vodka, Adele, Greek yogurt and backyard beehives.
With tigers facing extinction, now we learn they are also out of “style.” How inane.


Brian. This article is sooo spot on. Thanks for writing it.

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