Portland’s, what is its most preiminatant cultural phenomenom, is there one?. One Peter Lang wondered outloud, “is Portland experiencing a golden age?” There is hype galore orbiting Portland, causing one to wonder exactly what is happening there. Independent Film Channel has a new series “Portlandia”–a further development of the webased ”Thunderants” from the same troupe. The trailer to the IFC series began in hushed tones “there is this place…” I will let the reader guess where. The actors from NYC and Seattle discuss, while walking down an L.A. street, how the people bahave as if Al Gore won the election and Little Bush never existed.