Portlandia on Portland

Fascinating article with Carrie Brownstein about Portland, prompted by Portlandia’s season two debut…  but the interview quickly gets to the actual town and the pervasiveness of the characters there.

…We’ve reached a tipping point of an ideological sameness — like Brooklyn, Portland and Silver Lake don’t seem that different. There’s sort of pop culture and this kind of niche culture. They have a similar broad appeal. One person goes to a city and looks for a Starbucks, the other person goes to a city and looks for a Stumptown (Coffee) or something close to it. Both those people exist and both can be satisfied in almost any part of the country. You can go to St. Louis and find a coffee shop that most resembles your Brooklyn coffee shop. It’s an aesthetic, a taste, a lifestyle.

The Portlandia Guide to Portland {salon}.