Foster-Powell at the Edge of the World

FoPo, end of road

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Apparently current cartographers have a distinct Aristotelean view of Portland: Concentric rings hovering around downtown, with little existing beyond city limits.  In other words, downtown is the center of the universe just as earth was once believed to be.

But if dowtown is Portland’s earth, that makes Foster-Powell Pluto.


And one thing we know about the Pluto story—it gets the boot at some point.  And it’s also a Disney character.  So, basically, Pluto gets no love.

At least we made the cutoff, though.  Mt. Scott-Arleta, Lents, Powellhurst-Gilbert, and Brentwood-Darlington weren’t so lucky.  So maybe they’re Pluto…and we get to rule the sea.

All joking aside, this graphic only perpetuates the myth that Portland ends at 82nd or as it nears Clackamas.  But I’m sure it looks good hanging next to some ironic artwork in a hip downtown condo.

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9 Responses to Foster-Powell at the Edge of the World

  1. Nicole says:

    Pffft. Maybe I am glad to not be part of this version of Portland.

  2. Andrew says:

    Creston Kenilworth didn’t even make the cut.

  3. Sinnyv says:

    Rich whities strike again!

  4. Amy says:

    Like I’ve always said, anything east of 39th is considered Gresham.

  5. Chris says:

    This person must also make the Trimet route maps.

  6. SE66th says:

    Am I the only one around here that actually thought this map was pretty cool?

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