It’s true, but it wasn’t until the Portlandia song, “Dream of the 90s” was completely stuck in my head while exploring the city of Portland as I have done many summers before and it just clicked. Everything that I love about the city is a flashback to the 90s, and in such a good way. It’s a casual city, where you’re not expected to dress up, but encouraged to be as eccentric as possible. The city is alive with culture, local artists and always something fun happening. You’ll see tatted up hippies, retro hipsters and adorable outdoorsy families.
Cool neighborhoods like the Pearl District and Mississippi Avenue make the city even more interesting. With a stellar transportation system (check out the MAX) and short, walkable blocks throughout the city center, Portland is easy to get around and bonus: everywhere you go is beautiful.
Places like Voodoo Doughnuts, Powell’s Books, street fairs and weekly markets make Portland, Oregon weird and in the best way possible. I always say I could live there one day. I love the rain, I love the outdoors, the proximity to the beach and the smell in the Oregon air. Best of all, the people are so great: very chill and friendly. It’s the best of the 90s wrapped into one great place.
FRED ARMISEN (as “Jason”): Do you remember the 90s?
CARRIE BROWNSTEIN (as “Melanie”): Yeah?
FRED: You know how people were talking about getting piercings and getting tribal tattoos?
F: And people were singing about saving the planet and forming bands?
F: There’s a place where that idea still exists as a reality. And I’ve been there.
C: Where is it?