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!
Portland has a decent light rail system, which has a stop in Old Town-Chinatown.
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.
Pedi-cab drivers in bizarre outfits transporting passengers across town. Weird!
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!
Oh no… they forgot to build the rest of this building! It’s a hollow building front downtown.
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.
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.
This statue/sculpture/heap of bikes sums up the city’s bike culture.
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!
These guys kick off the PDX pride parade, which is really huge for a mid-sized city.
A sizzlin’ storefront.
Being from Pittsburgh, where all the bridges are yellow, I find it amusing when bridges are different colors, like a rusty maroon.
Looking back down on the highways along the river.
Another view of the main street in the Hawthorne District which, you may have heard, is a neighborhood I love.
These dog walkers seem straight out of a Portlandia episode!
And finally, there’s an actual Vacuum Museum in Portland. How kooky! It’s actually just a single wall inside a vacuum store. You can stop in there for free, read about the history of electronic suction devices, and see old vacuums from the past several decades.