Because there's no true unity, so it's not really a "scene." There are small pockets of unity; but no large-scale cohesion, no sense of occasion or movement, no zeitgeist. So while Portland is (and, seemingly, has long been considered to be) a music incubator of sorts - very fertile, comfortable and pleasant for musicians and artists - it's not a scene as such. Perhaps this because of the great diversity of music being created. With this kind of variety, there's simply no convenient way for critics and music journalists to lump more than one-twentieth (this is a relatively arbitrary fraction I came up with. Read: a very small fraction, much smaller than 1/8) of Portland bands together at any one time as a "movement" or "scene." I see it as both a boon and a flaw. We don't get the hype other cities do - but, then again, we don't get the crashes they routinely experience a few years later, either, as the tide of stirred-up interest recedes.
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