Portland, San Francisco Among Cities with ‘Strangest People’

Portland GraffitiPortland and San Francisco, long noted for their embrace of “the odd” are now getting recognized for their efforts.

Both cities made Travel + Leisure’s recently released list of towns noted for having America’s Strangest People, according to the Time NewsFeed website.

Portland, which came in fourth on the list, embraces its eclectic culture.  A wall mural in the city urges residents to “Keep Portland Weird,” according to the article.  The city is known for its embrace of a bicycle culture, as well as the residents’ enthusiasm for all things organic and 1970s-style clothing and mustaches, the travel site reported.

Not to be left out of contention among West Coast cities, the travel site listed San Francisco fifth on the list.  The site noted the city for its particular type of strangeness, a blend of high tech and college-inspired culture, according to the article.

–Photo by SoulRider.222, Flickr Creative Commons



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Melanie Johnson, a Southern California based writer, works as an editor for an online media company. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English (1997) from Cal Poly Pomona and a master’s degree in journalism (1999) from Syracuse University. Melanie has worked the bulk of her 13-year career in newspapers, including stints at the San Bernardino Sun and the Press-Enterprise in Riverside. She has covered a wide variety of beats, including city government and education. She also has worked as a freelance writer and editor.


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