Much like Austin, Texas, Portland embraces its weirdness on a mural in the downtown area. // Photo by Christina De Nicola
The Dream of the 90s is alive in Portland.
That’s what Fred Armisen proclaims during the opening scene of his IFC show “Portlandia.”
Oregon’s city is lovingly eccentric and weird, as it boasts. People ride various types of bikes and eat organically raised food. Hawthorne Street in southeast Portland is home to the hipsters — not the kind celebrities have tried to make popular with nerd glasses — but the ones who will see $2 films at the Bagdad Theater or shop thrifty at Red Light.
Below are images from my time in the picturesque area, which has slowly become an alternative tourist destination.
Sometimes known as Bridgetown, Portland is home to eight in the downtown area alone. The St Johns Bridge spans the Willamette River. // Photo by Christina De Nicola
Portland calls itself America’s bicycle capital on a downtown mural. Here, a local covers his unusual-looking bike, which resembles a sidecar. // Photo by Christina De Nicola
A young visitor to the Columbia River Gorge — less than an hour from downtown Portland — gets close to one of the area’s 90 Oregonian waterfalls. // Photo by Christina De Nicola
Bike tours — some that span 10 miles inside the Columbia River Gorge — offer picturesque views of the Pacific Northwest. // Photo by Christina De Nicola
Portland is known as the City of Roses. Visitors can observe 550 varieties at Washington Park’s International Rose Test Garden. // Photo by Christina De Nicola
Washington Park’s International Rose Test Garden offers a view of Mount Hood behind the Portland landscape. // Photo by Christina De Nicola
A flyer on a Hawthorne Street lamp pole fittingly advertises an upcoming Fred Armisen live show. // Photo by Christina De Nicola
A woman plays Adele’s “Someone Like You” on the piano placed on the outer edge of Pioneer Courthouse Square. // Photo by Christina De Nicola