With the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) nonprofit organization emblazoning the side of a downtown Portland building with Alicia Silverstone’s naked tush exclaiming the hazards of wearing wool, we decided it was time to investigate one of the popular elements of Stumptown – why is Portland so liberal?
With the Portland Art Museum’s new exhibit, Animating Life – The Art, Science, and Wonder of LAIKA, opening on Saturday, October 14, 2017 and running through May 20, 2018, we’re delving into LAIKA’s history and why Portlanders have a love affair with the Portland-based studio featuring the quirky and unique animation style that is stop motion.
Portland is definitely home to some of the best things in America. Beer? Absolutely. Bridges? Sure. Rain? We’ve got you covered. Weirdness? We’ve got it in spades.
However, when we heard that Stumptown was named one of America’s 15 Best Cities for Pizza, we couldn’t help but be proud of our town’s amazing restaurateurs. When the average person thinks “cities with great pizza,” they think New York City. They think Chicago. They don’t think Portland.
Portland, Oregon has a wide variety of nicknames – the Rose City (or City of Roses), Stumptown, Rip City, Silicon Forest, PDX – but in our investigation into our beloved town’s nicknames, we’ve saved the most misunderstood one for last – Slabtown.
Why is it misunderstood? For starters, it’s not a nickname for the city – it’s a nickname for one of the neighborhoods!
Intrigued? Read on and we’ll delve deeper.
Another private equity firm is buying a long-held Portland institution – it’s deja-voodoo all over again! The Portland Business Journal and Eater PDX, Portland’s brilliant food blog, broke the news that Fundamental Capital, a San Francisco private equity firm, purchased a significant stake in Voodoo Doughnut, the Portland bakery known for its… unique… doughnuts.
Let’s sprinkle some backstory of Voodoo Doughnuts and not glaze over what this deal means to the future of this Portland icon.