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Portlandness: A Cultural Atlas Hardcover – Oct 27 2015
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"[Portlandness] suggests that when we let go of our biases and set off on the city streets, we will stumble upon a Portland we barely imagine."
- The Oregonian
"Portlandness: A Cultural Atlas should be required reading for newcomers and natives alike." -- Portland Monthly
"Portland State University geography professors Banis and Shobe tap into the popularity of the TV show Portlandia with this entertaining and educational reference."
- Library Journal
"Is there a Portland state-of-mind? Is there a way to objectively look at the peculiar state of being that seems to be Portland, here in the 2010's, and lay it all out for you, comprehendably? If there is, Portlandness: A Cultural Atlas comes as close as anything can at the moment...a witty, earnest look at what it means to be Portland right here, right now."
- Zehn Katzen
About the Author
David Banis has managed the Center for Spatial Analysis and Research in the Geography Department at Portland State University since 2006, working with a wide variety of partners at the federal, state, and local levels. His work explores the diverse ways that cartographers can tell stories with maps, focusing on the mapping of nontraditional subjects.
Hunter Shobe is a cultural geographer and assistant professor at Portland State University. He holds a PhD in Geography from the University of Oregon and has over fifteen years of experience researching the cultural, political, and economic dimensions of how people connect to places and environments.
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Whether you live in, or even know Portland, this book is worth the modest price (between $18 and $25--for a hardback!).
I was lucky enough to be involved in this project, so I have seen it evolve along much of its trajectory. The energy and love that's been invested into each subject still takes my breath away every time I open the book.
This is NOT meant to be a travel atlas (although, if you want ideas for exploring Portland, Oregon, this might be EXACTLY what you are looking for).
Every few pages is a new take on either the entire city, or on some region or neighborhood. The perspectives offered are some engaging and thought-provoking combination of research, analysis, and cartographic/artistic representation.
Also, if you are a map-lover, this book is a MUST for your collection.
This is truly a "cultural atlas," each page revealing maps showing everything from the distribution of strip clubs to the proximity of urban chicken coops to reported sightings of coyotes. The book is full of historical anecdotes to put the present circumstances in context. Want to see the representation of ethnic cuisines in the food carts Portland is famous for? Check out the "cart-o-grams" on page 144-145. Want to know how to get from one side of Portland to the other while under the least amount of surveillance? Pages 120-121 will show you. How about "scariness level"? The map on pages 74-75 will pinpoint sites of murders, fatal crashes, and "creepy old buildings," with a scariness level of "eyebrow raising" to "hair raising."
Really a fun read, very informative, put together by two geography professors at Portland State University. I loved it!
Would it appeal to someone with no connection to Portland? Probably not. Even infographic addicts might be disappointed, as the infographics, though plentiful, play second fiddle to a great deal of explanatory text.
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