In the same spirit as OurPDX’s shared links, I would like to highlight a few recent blog posts I have found particularly interesting or impressive or informative or just plain amusing, all of which happen to be from blogs in my blogroll.
Interstate Avenue, the evening of December 2, 1964; the neon lights were on but the cars were gone. Earlier that afternoon, the Minnesota Freeway opened. Traffic raced through North Portland in a trench, three blocks west of the Highway 99W surface route. At service stations, restaurants and motels along “the Avenue,” implications were setting in. The era of interstate travel on Interstate Avenue was over.
Getting the shakes over Portland’s Saturday Market closing down until spring? Wish those garage sales would start popping up again? Well, I can’t hurry the seasons, but may have come across something that will tide you over.
I have a couple stories I like to tell about me and Portland and beer. One of them is how, five short weeks after I moved to Portland, I was driving around in a bitter funk and not entirely certain I was going to make it as an Oregonian. I saw a bunch of tents set up by the river, and decided to find a place to park and investigate. I bought a tasting mug and five tickets (that being the extent I thought I could stretch my meagre temp office worker salary). After my first sip of a beer that has been lost to memory, I realised that I would do very well here. Very well, indeed. And that was my first OBF.
Behind the Beard series at OurPDX
- Bridgeport Village Santa
- Portland Macy’s Downtown Santa
- Pioneer Place Santa
- Washington Square Santa
- Lloyd Center Santa
It has been an amazing year for Portland’s food carts. While the country dealt with a horrific recession, Portland’s carts seemed to not be affected by the economic decline with an expansion of something like 30%. I joined up here at Food Carts Portland just before the beginning of 2009 and am honored to have taken over as the editor of the site.