If You’re From Portland, This Will Be The Most Jaw-Dropping Thing You See Today. No Contest.


I don’t have words for how awesome this is…

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Uncage the Soul managed to create a time traveling journey through Portland. I normally refrain from calling something mind-blowing, but this video might actually be worth the title.

When you are sitting alone in your office and start audibly saying “oh my god” a half dozen times in five minutes, you know you’ve stumbled upon greatness.

And, hey after you’re done watching this, if you haven’t seen the ‘Quit Telling People To Move To Portland’ spoof, it’s actually really well done. Click here to watch that one.

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18 thoughts on “If You’re From Portland, This Will Be The Most Jaw-Dropping Thing You See Today. No Contest.

    1. The rest of the world who cares about quality videos and doesn’t see the McDonalds of video services as the only way to upload, loves and uses Vimeo. So, the video is perfect at home there. And leaves more space on YouTube for cat videos or fail compilations 🙂

  1. Absolutely the most jaw-dropping thing I saw today, because at 1:19 is a photo of my mother’s Uncle George (on the left) standing in front of his barber shop. I was floored when I saw that!

  2. Cool. Now if only they had used Youtube to upload it, like the rest of the world, and maybe it wouldn’t stop and start several times every second.

    1. The rest of the world who cares about quality videos and doesn’t see the McDonalds of video services as the only way to upload, loves and uses Vimeo. So, the video is perfect at home there. And leaves more space on YouTube for cat videos or fail compilations 🙂

      1. I’m not the only one having the problem. Scroll up and see the other comments. Youtube is the gold standard.

  3. Wow! Amazing how this is put together so it plays so smoothly. I had no stops or starts at all. Thank you all who produced this, it is wonderful. I love the idea of having a grand old lady tell the story!

  4. Noted absence of any women on the bus, mostly white males. Long before Vanport was built many blacks lived in Portland. Williams Ave.,and where the urban renewal moved them out to build the coliseum, “glass palace” area was a black neighborhood. WW 2 brought blacks to Portland with many others to work in the ship yards.. A few of my women teachers at Jefferson High worked the night shifts at the shipyards! Beautiful video, enjoyed it very much. My grandfather worked on a horse pulled trolly, he stood at the back collecting fairs and pulled a chain on a bell to signal to the driver to proceed. We had that bell for years. I would love to see
    Who was the Klan mayor? Not Dorothy M Lee,, who..

  5. After 24 years in Portland, and 4 away, I can’t think of anything about it worth missing. It’s not special, people do the same stuff all over the world and I just fail to see why people think they’re better because of living there. What about felony flats or the hookers on 82nd? It’s always Portland too, not any other city there. I guess that’s because the rest of the state is worse than the city with the most black tar heroin in the country.

  6. Just another slick video of a city once unique now over priced, over crowded and over hyped. After living in Portland for decades, I really got tired of seeing what was once a unique and vibrant city slowly turning into just another cookie cutter city of most every other trendy American city except it has scenery and greenery. But even that is becoming something hard to get to with traffic the way it is and green spaces in neighborhoods once a pride of Portland have been plowed under to accommodate large apartment buildings.

    Nice video though of what once made Portland a nice, livable city.

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