Useful Notes: Portland

"The dream of the 90's is alive in Portland!"

Portland, OR (not to be confused with Portland, ME) is Oregon's largest city and a major city of The Other Rainforest. Portland is known for being almost as rainy as Seattle but twice as bizarre. Portland's nicknames include the City of Roses, Stumptown, Portlandia, PDX, Rip Citynote  and "the place where young people go to retire". The residents are often stereotyped as hipsters, Granola Girls, or New Age Retro Hippies. It is, however, not quite as bizarre as Portlandia would have you believe.

Notable people connected to Portland:

Works set in or near Portland:

  • In Comic Book Tattoo, a collection of short stories based on the music of Tori Amos, the story for "Take to the Sky" is based in Portland's black community.
  • Portland was the main setting of The Transformers during the Marvel era, apparently being the closest city to Mount St. Hilary.

  • The Hunted. The film features an action scene where Benicio Del Toro's character is pursued through Downtown Portland (notable for a sequence involving a MAX train on the Hawthorne Bridge - in spite of the fact that the MAX doesn't go on the Hawthorne Bridge).
  • Mr. Brooks. A film about a successful Portland businessman, who turns out to be a serial killer.
  • Untraceable. The climax prominently features Portland's Broadway Bridge, which made some local headlines when the film was first released.
  • The first Twilight movie was largely filmed in and around Portland, although it takes place in Forks, Washington. For the second movie onwards, production was moved to Vancouver, British Columbia.
  • Mr. Holland's Opus was filmed and set in Portland, though the only indication in the movie that it is Portland is the city seal on the wall during a meeting of the City Council.
  • The first and final thirds of Gus Van Sant's Drugstore Cowboy take place in Portland circa 1971.


Live-Action TV
  • Portlandia, a (sometimes) Affectionate Parody of the city's association with hipsters.
  • Hello Larrynote 
  • Grimm
  • Perfect Couples
  • Leverage during the fifth season, though it had been filmed there from Season 2 on.
    • The fourth season episode "The Gold Job" sees the team pulling a con on a brother-sister cash-for-gold scheme in Portland. Little details of the scenery start seeping in, like how Parker keeps getting distracted from the con by Voodoo Doughnuts.

  • The song 'Light Rail Coyote' by indie-punk band Sleater-Kinney is about the city and mentions many of the sites.
  • The Bon Iver song Holocene is about a Portland bar where the band played an early show.
  • "Portland, Oregon" by Loretta Lynn and Jack White, from the former's Van Lear Rose album.

Web Original
  • For Portlanders Only, a sub-site of Platypus Comix, is full of Portland-related media.
  • Curbside Classic is based in Eugene and started with the site's owner photographing older, interesting cars he found in use in the area, which has plenty due to a lack of road salt.