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DURABLE PORTLAND CAST IRON FINDS

    Portland cast iron over your head in an earthquake? It’s still art. I see the stuff and think health hazard. Cast iron is heavy enough on the ground, let alone falling any distance. That’s one of the cautions about historic preservation: save yourself first.

PORTLAND SUCKS? TELL US MORE ABOUT THOSE FEELINGS

Say Portland sucks and you might be right, but why ruin it for the rest of us.   If Portland sucks for you, that may be just the tip of your iceberg. Blame the city for what? Your attitude, your entitlement, your butt-hurt life? Why not? You don’t know what you want and it bugs […]

PORTLAND BORN, PORTLAND WED, PORTLAND WORLD pt 2

Every marriage has a beginning. This is one of them. Portland Born, Portland Wed. I met my wife in early 80’s NW Portland. She was a new professional starting her first practice next to my apartment building. I should say my studio apartment, a sort of mini-pad that’s all the rage with the kids these […]

PORTLAND COLD CASE

When A Portland Walking Tour Turns The Corner And You See Portland Cold Case. People love Portland. You’ve probably heard it before. If it’s not the cute shops it’s the funky food; the Portland Building and cast iron building span the years. Public art? Who doesn’t love driving by the eastside ramps off the Hawthorne […]

EXPLAINING PORTLAND ON THE ROAD

Once you leave Oregon and meet others in your travels they’ll ask where you’re from. When you say Portland, two things happen. 1. The questioner takes a deep breath. 2. They smile. To outsiders Portland is magic. It’s Portlandia, the Portland Building, Bridge City. It’s hipsters, craft beer, coffee. It’s food carts, vintage clothes, Powells […]

VENTURE PORTLAND, A HUG FOR THE CITY

More Than Business As Usual For 36 Districts. Portland began with an 1845 coin flip. At least that’s the official story. But Portland was Portland before two Easties, one from Portland Maine, the other from Boston, made their call. The clearing that became Portland was already an early business district for tribal trade. A land […]

Michael Graves Shower

The Problem Seems To Be Growing Oregon boomers, along with anyone with a tile shower, know this problem. The same goes for anyone in Portland with a house painted white. Stuff grows all over. If you don’t clean it up, it keeps growing. Tile is a special problem. Sure, it looks pretty at first. Then […]