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Heather Steeves

Heather Steeves tries to do things that are fun -- and only things that are fun. So far that's included stilt walking, roller derby and cross-country road trips in her Saturn.

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Posted: January 30, 2014

The Williamsburg of Portland is …

Written by: Heather Steeves

Marisa Crommett lives on Munjoy Hill and also loves Colucci’s Market, which she bikes to. Props. It’s hard biking up that hill. Photo by Gordon Chibroski and the Press Herald

Gawker’s post “This Is the Williamsburg of Your City: A Map of Hip America” tells us Portland’s Williamsburg is Munjoy Hill. … And the East End. And the West End. And Biddeford.

I get Munjoy Hill. It’s one of my favorite spots in town. Coluccis’ breakfast sandwiches (please re-open right now), Hilltop’s coffee, the Prom, that massive great dane that walks up and down Congress. Love it.

But I’m also new to living in town. I just moved in from Portland, Oregon (which Gawker perfectly describes: “Portland (Oregon) is the Williamsburg of Portland”). So when I read “Biddeford” I turned to my best-moustached coworker (who lived in Williamsburg and is wearing a bow tie = trustworthy source) and disgustedly asked, “Biddeford?”

“Biddeford is full of awesome old half-empty buildings. It has beaches and a train. And it has The Oak + The Ax for music.”

Another coworker overheard this and said, “the record store is next to the burrito place. It’s totally hip.”

A third coworker came to Biddeford’s hipness’ side: “It got cool in the last 10 years. There’s the North Dam Mill which once filled a room with tinfoil for some Andy Warhol thing.”

OK OK OK OK. Gawker got it right. I’ll never again think of Biddeford as that place with a Market Basket where I once stopped to get gas. I’m sorry, Biddeford. Let’s be friends.


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