Portland: A Lebowski-friendly city

Jeff Bridges, left, John Goodman, center, and Steve Buscemi appear in a scene from the motion picture "The Big Lebowski." (AP Photo)
Jeff Bridges, left, John Goodman, center, and Steve Buscemi appear in a scene from the motion picture "The Big Lebowski." (AP Photo)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The Dude abides. If The Dude resided, it would be in Portland.

The Estately blog released a list of what it determined to be “The 11 Most Lebowski-Friendly Cities,” and Portland is on the list.

“If any one man’s DNA were secretly implanted into a city’s population it would (be) The Dude’s DNA in Portland, Oregon. This city is Dude-ville, a Lebowski paradise of aging hippies and mildly-employed idealists,” the list said.

The blog also noted The Dude’s sweater is made by Pendleton, based in Portland. And Sam Elliott, who narrates the film as The Stranger, grew up in Portland.

The list, the blog said, was based on “a formula that measured the number of bowling alleys in town and Lebowskis in the phonebook, the price of homes, frequency of festivals and celebrations related to The Big Lebowski, favorable laws/enforcement for marijuana users, availability of White Russian ingredients at grocery stores.”

Portland shares the Dude-ville list with Austin (of course), Minneapolis, Honolulu, Ventura, Houston, Chicago, Seattle, Ann Arbor, Louisville and Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

As The Dude might say, it was the rug that really tied this city together.

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