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Matt Groening grew up in Portland, and he named several of the Simpsons characters and locations after Portland locales.
|Character or place||Portland locale|
|Diamond Joe Quimby (mayor)||Northwest Quimby Street|
|Ned Flanders (neighbor)||Northwest Flanders Street|
|Kearney (bully)||Northwest Kearney Street|
|Milhouse Van Houten (Bart's friend)||North Van Houten Avenue|
|Montgomery Burns (miser)||Montgomery Park|
|Reverend Lovejoy||Northwest Lovejoy Street|
|Springfield Gorge||Columbia River Gorge|
|Springfield (also chosen because of the ubiquity of towns named Springfield)||Springfield, Oregon|
- Don Hamilton, Matt Groening Map of Portland. The Portland Tribune, July 19, 2002.