13 December 1968. Subaru cars go on sale in Portland for the first time. The Subaru 360 was a tiny little bare-bones car. Cheaply built, slow, and rated “Not Acceptable” by Consumer Reports for safety reasons. Yet in 2012 Subarus are a key part of the Portland uniform. It’s not unusual to see store parking lots where 2/3 of the cars are Subarus, if it’s a sufficiently upscale store that caters to the right sort of person. If you’d told people that in 1968, nobody would have believed you.
(But remember, we’re totally still a city of quirky nonconformists, each utterly unique in his or her own special way, proudly defying all trends, fashions, and fads. You can be sure this is true because everybody says so.)