Through Crowdfunding, Portlanders Saved a Video Store and Funded a Stripper and Bridge Themed Tarot Deck

Reason no. 25 to love Portland right now.

(Thomas Teal)

Really, you can crowdfund anything here…

…like the world’s greatest video store (Movie Madness, $315,346)

…and the world’s greatest maker of hazy IPAs (Great Notion Brewing, $22,063)

…and the nation’s only film festival devoted to an angry gothic god (H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival, $42,035)

and a new home for the world’s largest zine library (Independent Publishing Resource Center, $21,882)

…and a handmade papermaking studio in St. Johns (Pulp & Deckle, $13,032)

…and a T-shirt showing a map of Portland’s bridges (Nick Martinelli, $4,556)

and an independent radio station (X-RAY.FM, $103,762)

…and the city’s best $4 tacos (Taqueria Nueve, $31,413)

…and an ayurvedic herb farm (Portland Ashwagandha Farm, $31,413)

…and an art studio for kids (Portland Child Art Studio, $15,325)

…and a Portland-themed tarot deck with strippers and bridges ($2,845)

and a photographic project to document black Portlanders (The Black Portlanders, $24,579)

…and a touring project to fight homophobia at the Warped tour (The Equalizers, $2,540)

…and a lending library for outdoor gear (The Portland Wilderness Gear Library, $3,515)

…and a replacement car for a cat rapper whose whip got stolen (Moshow, $17,705)

…and wiping out the school lunch debt of every kid in the Portland Public Schools (Sean Brendan Sexton, $28,235)

…and a historic theater on Northeast Alberta Street (Alberta Rose Theatre, $125,250)

…and soon, saving the city’s oldest folk venue (Laurelthirst Public House, $33,813 and counting).

2. TriMet Could Soon Stop Charging Life-Ruining Fines

3. You Can Now Smoke Weed While Listening to Live Classical Music

4. Oregon's Unemployment Rate is Incredibly Low

5. Your Favorite Sports Team is Only a Short Walk Away

6. The Blazers Star in Some Weird-Ass Commercials

7. We Now Have a Mountain Bike Park in the City

8. 24 hours after Chamber Music Northwest Burned Down, the Last Concert in the Series Went on as Planned

9. Portland is the Playground of Japanese Architect Kengo Kuma

10. You Can Soon Stream Local Music at the Library

11. Oregon Just Became the First State to Defelonize Hard Drugs

12. East Portland is Getting an Aerial Tree Walk

13. We're the World Capital of Canned Wine

14. Portland is a Hotbed of Small Bookstores

15. Unlike any Other City, We Have Multiple Niche Comedy Festivals

16. Our Developers Are Privatizing Socialism

17. The Nation's Best Airport Keeps Getting Even Better

18. We're Home to the World's First Sneaker Design School

19. Portland Scored the World's First Dog Tap Room

20Weed Prices are Falling From Cheap to Damn Near Free, and We Haven't Yet Found the Bottom

21. Our Local Mini-Mart Chain Makes Snickers Give You Free Candy Bars

22. The View From the MAX Orange Line is One of the Most Striking and Beautiful Paintings in the City 

23. We Are Still No. 1 in Semifactual Superlatives

24. We Make Biking So Accessible

25. You Can Crowdfund Anything Here

26. We Find So Many Ways to be Anti-Trump

27. Our Malls Are Becoming Cultural Embassies

28. Our Humane Society Rescues Pets From All Over the Country 

29. Winter This Year is a Pussycat

30. No One Mourns Closures Like We Do

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