The Glamour of Portland

Saturday, February 1st, 2014

Virginia Postrel finds herself intrigued by the glamour of Portland, Oregon:

It’s interesting for three reasons. First, it continues to draw young people even though it’s hard to find a job there. Second, people imagine it as a sort of earthy-crunchy locavore haven even though its economy depends heavily on huge multinational companies like Intel and Nike. Finally, in an era of increasing ethnic diversity it is seventy-six percent white, suggesting that its attractions include an escape from the stresses of dealing with difference.


  1. Kent says:

    The Dream of the 90′s is alive in Portland.
    It’s where young people go to retire.

  2. Bob Sykes says:

    And only 6 to 7% black. That’s the secret. Portland has found a way to exclude blacks, and SWPLs don’t want to be near blacks. To them, East Asians are diversity enough.

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