Nicely, neighborinos, it appears Ned Flanders has lastly earned the popularity he deserves – effectively, past touchdown a latest Adidas sneaker collab making a whole era of children wish to study his sizzling cocoa recipe from The Simpsons Film. Final week, officers in Portland, Oregon, which simply so occurs to be the hometown of The Simpson’s creator, Matt Groening, stated Okily-Dokily to naming a brand new pedestrian bridge “Ned Flanders Crossing” after Springfield’s most kind-hearted and certifiably grating resident.
“It’s a beautiful day for our metropolis,” Jo Ann Hardesty, the town’s Transportation Commissioner stated of the trail, which connects the town’s Pearl District and Northwest District, in a press launch final Thursday. “Naming this new bridge after Ned Flanders exhibits that Portland can construct nice issues and have enjoyable too,” she continued, taking care to thank “Matt Groening and his group for embracing this concept.”
Jeff Miller, the president and CEO of Journey Portland additionally heralded the brand new landmark. “The naming of Ned Flanders Crossing celebrates Portland’s thriving comics and animation neighborhood that resonates with many guests,” he stated. “We additionally stay up for guests making use of the bridge for many years to come back whereas exploring the Pearl District and Northwest District by foot and bicycle.”
In keeping with a Fb submit from the Portland Bureau of Transportation, naming the bridge after Ned Flanders is not merely a reference to Oregon’s Simpson’s heritage – the town’s selection to call the construction after Flanders can also be aimed toward spreading an essential message about neighborly kindness.
“Ned Flanders has been a quintessential emblem of fine neighborliness for over 30 years, holding his cool and making an attempt his greatest to be an excellent neighbor even when confronted along with his reasonably tough neighbors, the Simpsons,” the company wrote. “At a time when folks appear extra divided than ever alongside political or cultural strains, and fewer and fewer keen to even discuss to their neighbors with whom they might disagree, we consider Ned Flanders is an emblem of the type of neighborly connection we should always attempt for in Portland. Simply as Flanders Crossing connects two neighborhoods collectively throughout a bodily divide, the bridge serves as an emblem of bringing neighbors collectively throughout no matter divides them.”
Though the town might have stated “howdily doodily, bridgerino,” there are nonetheless different methods to unfold neighborhood closeness – specifically, opening a Portland Leftorium.
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