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    Posted May 30, 2012 by
    Seattle, Oregon
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    City smackdown: Portland

    Hippie, Hipster, Yuppie Paradise, All in one

    I am a Ptowner turned Seattleite (please note, this was necessitated by my job). While I love Seattle, let's be clear, Portland is my city. Now that it's clear that you're dealing with someone informed on all things SEA/PDX, let's get to the meat of the situation. I could effusively summarize my love for Portland, but instead, I'll focus on a series of events that I think sums it up: Last Thursday. As you may have guessed, this event takes place on the last Thursday of the month on Alberta street in North Portland during the coveted PacNW summer months. To say that it is where opposites collide is an understatement. Hippies band together in drum circles, twirling their dreadlocks as yuppies walk by, pulling small baby-Gap clad toddlers in shiny radio flyers. Hipsters showcase their latest patched vintage tweed jacket and creative take on facial hair to crowds that take in food truck fare, art, hand-sewn sock puppets, glass blown jars and any other obscure item your heart might ever have desired. Fire dancers. Stilt walkers. Rappers. Giggling high school girls weave between bicycles toting freezers of homemade ice cream and crowds of men in business suits waiting to get into the groovy bars that pepper Alberta. Last Thursday represents what I love about Portland - we rejoice in the weird. Enjoy art, listen to different music, expose our kids to strangely dressed, fire dancers on stilts. WHY NOT. Some other Portland highlights include: Mt. Tabor park, Hawthorne, Beerfest, Zoo concerts, Stumptown, First Thursday, Timbers games, breweries. The list goes on and on and on...
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