My election day began with a meeting of a group I was recently asked to join, the NE STEM/STEAM coalition in Portland, Oregon. The group’s mission (I paraphrase) is to help students from communities of color gain access to careers and education in science, technology, and the arts. [Read more…] about On Nov 8th Morn…I Experienced Everything Great about America
Portland is a planner’s mecca. Or is it? Visitors to the city are treated to postcard worthy scenes of light rail trains, streetcars and even an aerial tram gliding past renovated brick warehouses and gleaming glass towers. But at the regional level the picture is not so perfect. [Read more…] about The Commons Concept – A Strategy to Restore Balance to the Portland Region
Working away in a coffee shop one day (I know, how very Portland of me), I couldn’t help but overhear the phone conversation of the young woman sitting to my left. (Why are cell conversations in coffee shops always so loud? #unavoidableeavesdropping)
Anyway, she was chatting with someone about how long it had been since they had seen each other, and that she couldn’t wait until they were reunited at the coffee shop.
(I know, you may be wondering, “What the heck does this have to do with one-way streets?” Be patient, it’s coming!) [Read more…] about One-Way Streets, A Coffee Shop, and a Reunion
The Local Choice Produce Market is now open in the Pearl District, at the SE corner of NW 9th & Everett. A true labor of love – the owners, Don & Georganne Sader, live in the neighborhood only a few blocks away. [Read more…] about Local Choice Produce Market Now Open in Pearl District
At the edge of the Pearl District, a mixed-use development at the corner of NW Everett Street and Park Avenue is poised to bring new energy into the North Park Blocks. [Read more…] about Lemon Hotel to infuse new life in the North Park Blocks
Portland is offering a new tax amnesty program designed to help businesses delinquent in paying what they owe catch up. [Read more…] about Portland Unveils New Tax Amnesty Program for Businesses
A few months later…as promised (not). My usual repertoire, which has caused a struggle I have found writing within my profession, is that I write from my heart about things which inspire me. Not that my profession does not inspire me…it does, it just hasn’t been my mode of written expression . It was my desire and intention to write a weekly or biweekly dialogue about experiencing architecture in Portland – and beyond – from an experiential place. How does it feel? How does it move me…or not. And then the ‘or not’ part started to bother me. Would I offend people or even worse…hurt them. Oh the spiritual new age bugaboo!! [Read more…] about Hallelujah!
This is the beginnings of an exploration. An exploration in the experiencing of built-scapes and landscapes. What is the attraction and draw to a particular space? It has been of great intrigue and interest to me as I have matured, [Read more…] about Seeing Is Not The Only Way To Believe It
Portland and San Francisco, long noted for their embrace of “the odd” are now getting recognized for their efforts. [Read more…] about Portland, San Francisco Among Cities with ‘Strangest People’
After months of discussion and [Read more…] about Galleria finally hits Target