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The Portland Streetcar Connects the City

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I think I understand why streetcars built Portland’s east side a century ago. Of course, streetcars transport people from here to there relatively quickly. But, they do more than move people around. As I’ve been riding the Portland Streetcar into the Pearl District recently, I’ve seen how the Portland Streetcar connects the city. I boarded the Portland Streetcar recently out …

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Portland Mid-Century Modern Love

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I’m sure you’ve noticed a new craze in town – Mid-Century Modern love. Peruse any real estate listing site or blog, and you’re sure to see fans gushing over ranches of all sorts from the 1950’s to 1970’s. Almost hidden in Portland, Reedwood is a quiet little neighborhood full of Mid-Century Moderns. In fact, it is the perfect place to …

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How to Find a Tudor Revival

In Places & Neighborhoods, Portland Love by lratzlaff0 Comments

Ladd’s Addition is one of my favorite neighborhoods. It’s an area of town that almost reminds me of Europe, with it’s traffic circles and diagonal street design. Ladd’s Addition is also home to some of the best Old Portland architecture you’ll find in town. Walk down any street, and you’ll find a mixture of Old Portland home styles. I took …

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It’s a Portland Bungalow, Says Eric

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What Kind of House is This?  That’s a question I asked myself often when I first moved here. I still vividly remember how I felt when I saw all the old neighborhoods, full of old houses with such character and style. The neighborhoods felt almost magical. I’d heard the terms bungalow, craftsman, and tudor before, but I wasn’t really quite …

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Ski Tabor Rising

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Ski Tabor appears magically, sometimes when you least expect it. A sudden snowfall, and the streets Mt. Tabor come alive with children, adults and canines playing in the snow.   Skis Are A Great Way to Get Around   Tubing! The Mt. Tabor Park application for the National Register of Historic Places even references a 1954 map of the park …

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Peacock Lane 2016 – A Portland Tradition

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The Joy of Peacock Lane It’s not the holiday season for me without a visit to Peacock Lane. I think a lot of other Portlanders feel the same. My favorite time to visit the Peacock Lane holiday light festival is on one of the car-free nights. It just seems more festive without cars and exhaust. People own the street. Christmas …

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Discover Portland’s Neighborhood Greenways

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Neighborhood Greenways create an excellent bicycling network through our neighborhoods. They meander mostly down quiet, neighborhood streets, where you can leisurely ride to your next destination. They also offer a unique opportunity to get to know our residential neighborhoods as you ride down the streets where people live and play. You really feel like you’re in the neighborhood, sensing its feel and personality. …