The layers of meta-irony are rich in this.
Also, this is a pretty good description of my experience living in PDX in the late '80s, although it leaves out some of the ugliness, like the thriving racist skinhead scene:
Without the weirdness, Portland would be little more than a dreary, down-and-out, virtually all-white town in the flyover between San Francisco and Seattle.
I went to college with the NPR reporter mentioned in the article.
Edit: the article also missed a golden opportunity to reflect on the fact that Portland has a Brooklyn neighborhood of its own, which isn't particularly bohemian.Edited by imatlas - 8/31/11 at 11:07am