Matt Groening Named Several Characters From The Simpsons After Streets in Portland


photo by Scott Beale

Matt Groening grew up in Portland, OR and he named several of the characters from The Simpsons after streets in Portland as a tribute to his hometown. This is one of the things he talks about in the recent documentary “The Simpsons 20th Anniversary Special – In 3-D! On Ice!” by Morgan Spurlock

Here’s a list Portland streets and their associated Simpsons characters from a 2002 Portland Tribune interview with Matt Groening.

Driving around Portland we found ourselves on NE Flanders, which of course is what Ned Flanders is based on. Heidely-ho, neighbor!