We've become a bit inured
around these parts when Portland
gets lavished with national attention. But when The Economist
does a piece on Portland, we take notice.
And the question posed in the well-respected magazine's new piece
of "Is Oregon's metropolis a leader among American cities or just strange?" certainly catches our attention.
The mag's conclusion on "remarkably white, young and childless" Portland, with a nice back-patting of Mayor Sam Adams along the way:
It is a sophisticated and forward-looking place. Which other city can boast that its main attraction is a bustling independent book store (Powell's) and that medical students can go from one part of their campus to another by gondola, taking their bikes with them? Other cities will see much to emulate.