The PDX in Pix: Images from Portland

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It’s time to wrap up my Portland coverage with a selection of images from Portlandia. I don’t think Portlandia is actually a real nickname for Portland, Oregon, but I like it a lot more than “Stumptown,” one of the actual monikers for the place. It’s also called “Rose City,” which is the best of all.

Welcome to Chinatown!

chinatown-portland

Portland has a decent light rail system, which has a stop in Old Town-Chinatown.

old town rail stop

Look out Austin, Portland would like to challenge your weirdness! From my perspective, the PDX has the edge. There’s no show called Austinia, after all. In many ways, Austin is a traditional city with only a slightly quirky side. But Portland is just flat-out strange. In a good way.

keep portland weird

Pedi-cab drivers in bizarre outfits transporting passengers across town. Weird!

pdx-pedicabs

I spotted this cruiser on the street. I don’t know much about cars, so I can’t tell you what make or model it is. I just know it’s a sweet ride!

sweet ride

Oh no… they forgot to build the rest of this building! It’s a hollow building front downtown.

building-face

It’s the World Naked Bike Ride! Portland’s WNBR is one of the biggest around. Not quite as big as the Chicago World Naked Bike Ride, but not far off. This pic is sufficiently blurry to give you the overall vibe of the event without scarring you too much. You’re welcome.

portland naked bike ride

Here’s one of my favorite street signs ever! The rail tracks downtown create ridges that can be dangerous to the city’s many bicyclists. The image of bikers tumbling head over heels on an official street sign makes me laugh.

falling bike signs portland

This statue/sculpture/heap of bikes sums up the city’s bike culture.

bike structure portland

I love this pic from a city bus. That mother with the stroller looks like she’s in The Ring movie. She’s going to die next!

pdx bus

These guys kick off the PDX pride parade, which is really huge for a mid-sized city.

portland pride

A sizzlin’ storefront.

sizzlin

Being from Pittsburgh, where all the bridges are yellow, I find it amusing when bridges are different colors, like a rusty maroon.

portland bridge

Looking back down on the highways along the river.

portland highways

Another view of the main street in the Hawthorne District which, you may have heard, is a neighborhood I love.

hawthorne street

These dog walkers seem straight out of a Portlandia episode!

dog walkers portland

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9 Responses to The PDX in Pix: Images from Portland

  1. Caanan @ No Vacation Required May 28, 2012 at 10:38 am #

    Thanks for the fun pics. You managed to snap Kent and I’s old barbershop (where we went before we realized that we could cut our own hair).

    BTW – Portlandia is the name of the statue above the entrance to the Michael Graves designed Portland Building – the first major postmodern building in the world (and one of the least attractive !). :)

    • Scott May 30, 2012 at 8:18 pm #

      Hooray for barbershop memories! I’ve heard about that statue, I never ended up seeking it out though for some reason.

      • Caanan @ No Vacation Required June 1, 2012 at 4:17 pm #

        It’s a bit hidden, especially in the spring and summer when the trees are full. You could walk right under and not see it. Too bad, too. It’s beautiful.
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  2. Christy @ Technosyncratic May 28, 2012 at 8:48 pm #

    What is up with those pedi cab drivers?? They’re definitely helping to keep Portland weird. :)
    Christy @ Technosyncratic recently posted..Floating Village in Halong Bay, Vietnam

    • Scott May 30, 2012 at 8:18 pm #

      They sure are doing their part.

  3. Annette | Bucket List Journey May 29, 2012 at 4:38 pm #

    Seriously quirky! I am planning my first trip to Portland in August and will be on the look out for those pedi-cabs drivers.
    Annette | Bucket List Journey recently posted..A Proper British Afternoon Tea in London

    • Scott May 30, 2012 at 8:19 pm #

      I hope you see a few :)

  4. Ayelet - All Colores May 30, 2012 at 2:09 am #

    Hilarious photos! I love the sign “Keep Portland Weird”!
    Ayelet – All Colores recently posted..Video of the Week (Last for Now): Sliding Down an Ice Monster in Jerusalem

    • Scott May 30, 2012 at 8:20 pm #

      That was one of my favorite sights.

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