Carrie Brownstein, star of IFC’s Portlandia (Fridays, 10:30 p.m.), on what makes Portland so great:
I think the quality of life in Portland is really good. People move from intense, high-powered jobs, and move to Portland, work half as much and live twice as good. They can afford bigger houses, or they can actually afford to buy a house, they can work the minimal amount and still get by. I think there’s a really strong sense of community there. It’s beautiful. You’re situated with Mount Hood to the East, and you have the river running through downtown and you have the ocean 70 miles to the west. It’s a pretty magical place, and I think people do get attached to it, and it has a strong entrepreneurial spirit, which I think is just part of the west anyway, but you can go to Portland and you can start your own business and you can do things in untraditional ways and be celebrated for that. I think a lot of people are attracted to that idea.
It is a magical place, but you have to live there for a year or two to understand that. Glad to know, and I shouldn’t’ve doubted, that Portlandia celebrates the city’s weirdness with some gentle poking.