‘Keep Portland Weird’ the signs shout. But this is no phoned-in tourist office slogan. In Portland, it’s a strand of its DNA. Engagingly off-kilter, and effortlessly cool, since the turn of the century Portland has reinvented itself as a youthful, creative and cultural powerhouse – one that’s out of all proportion to its size.
Book-loving yet tech-savvy, industrious yet irreverent, outdoorsy yet urban, Portland is as hard to categorize as it is to leave. If artists, entrepreneurs, athletes, nature-lovers, and those with a never-ending love of learning were to design a city from the ground up, chances are it’d look a lot like Oregon’s true original.