A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from June 18, 2012
P-Town (Portland nickname)

The city of Portland has been called “P-town” since at least the 1990s. Other cities have also been called “P-town”—such as Provincetown, Massachusetts.


Wikipedia: Nicknames of Portland, Oregon
P-Town
Portland is sometimes affectionately called P-Town by some locals.

Urban Dictionary
p-town
Portland, Oregon
We’re gonna hit up Westside P-town.
by Nat Hizzle Dec 8, 2003

Google Books
How to Talk American:
A Guide to Our Native Tongues

By Jim Crotty
Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Co.
1997
Acknowledgments:
... the gang at the Habit (my hands-down favorite cybercafe in the universe, 21st and Clinton in P-town), ...

Google Books
Portland Best Places:
The most discriminating guide to Portland’s restaurants, lodgings, shopping, nightlife, arts, sights, and outings

By Kim Carlson
Seattle, WA: Sasquatch Books
1998
Pg. 86:
The Pearl District locale near cobblestone streets and transient-filled loading docks is the essence of P-town—especially on a night with a little haze.

Google Books
MTV Roadtrips U.S.A.
By John Vorwald; et al .
Hoboken, NJ: Wiley
2007
Pg. 661:
Welcome to Portland
PDX, P-town, the Rose City, call it what you will—Portland is a shining example of why people like the Pacific Northwest so much.

yelp
8/5/2007
P-Town...I miss you!
Tons of places that I loved when I lived in Portland, and would gladly go back to if not so much rain, and not so in love with Truckee,

Posted by Barry Popik
Oregon (Beaver State Dictionary) • (0) Comments • Monday, June 18, 2012 • Permalink