Tilikum Crossing Bridge, a cable-stayed bridge in downtown Portland, Oregon


Many nicknames have come to stand for my hometown, Portland, OR. A few of them are:

  • City of Roses or Rose City are the official and most commonly used nicknames.
  • Bridgetown or Bridge City is due to the large number of bridges.
  • Beervana because Portland has the most brew pubs per capita than any other U.S. city.
  • Little Beirut was coined by President George H.W. Bush because of the number of protesters he encountered.
  • P-town is a common reference used by locals.
  • PDX is another common reference after the three-letter code for Portland International Airport.
  • Rip City is used in context with Portland’s NBA basketball team, the Portland Trailblazers.
  • Stumptown came about after a phenomenal growth spurt in 1847 as trees were cut down to make way for roads, but stumps were left until more workers could be found to uproot them.

Recently, other names have sprouted, and any of them could be used to name a blog or small business or even a school.

I wanted something different, unique, and yet reflective of Portland.

Puddletown is a loose reference made during certain rainy seasons of the year here in the Pacific NW and specifically Portland. Currently, there is a large dispute in the City of Portland over road maintenance and the number of potholes going unrepaired. And we all know what unrepaired potholes turn into–puddles!

Welcome to Puddletown Reviews! I hope I bring you new books to read, resurrect some old ones, and perhaps introduce you to a new writer along the way.





3 thoughts on “About

  1. Gilion Dumas

    Nice to meet another Portland book reviewer! We both had the same idea — I called my blog Rose City Reader. I think Portland grows readers for the same reason it grows roses and creates puddles — all the rain!

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    1. Nice to meet you, another Portlander reading and reviewing. I believe we did have similar ideas. I like the name you chose–love roses and reading. So great to know you’re out there. Before reading and reviewing, I worked many years in the Portland legal community, retiring from Perkins Coie in 2006.


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