The Washington Post has published its annual hot or not list
, known simply as The List, and it seems that in 2012, our fair city is "out," with Pittsburgh slated as the new "it" city.
According to a lengthier piece
on the subject, one of the listmakers explains:
“Portland has overextended its welcome as the destination for hipsters who want to find themselves, while frolicking in beautiful scenery and reasonable rents...Pittsburgh is reasonable-rents, nice scenery, nice downtown, and the people are, in general, just far less insufferable.”
The author elaborates further:
"Portland, with its elaborate facial hair and abundance of strip clubs, represents irony. Pittsburgh, with its working-class pragmatism, is the opposite: earnest and straightforward. It’s a place where people drink cheap beer and wave their Terrible Towels without self-consciousness. Hipsters take faux working-class attributes —brusque beards, Pabst Blue Ribbon and occupations such as butchery — and integrate them into their lives with an ironic wink and a superiority complex. In Pittsburgh, you can find all of the above, only without the derision and affectation."
Well, we look forward to a torrent of NYT
pieces lauding pierogies, chip-chop ham, and polka music in the coming year.
Joining Portland in the shit list is Ryan Gosling, Greek yogurt, trapeze lessons and tigers.