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Streetcar to Montavilla

In Other Stories, Places & Neighborhoods by lratzlaff0 Comments

Montavilla is bustling. Every time I walk down Montavilla’s commercial strip on SE Stark Street I notice changes. New eateries, new pubs, and new businesses. The streets are busy, parking is getting harder to find, and the sidewalks are full. Streetcar Neighborhood: Montavilla is one Portland’s “Streetcar Neighborhoods.” Portland is famous for its pocket neighborhoods, each with their own unique …

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The Colorful Fabric of Buckman

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Buckman is one of Southeast Portland’s historical, fascinating and popular neighborhoods. I recently took a walking tour of Buckman with Positively Portland Walking Tours. As always on one of these tours, I gained a greater appreciation for the neighborhood. We spent a little over two hours meandering the area gawking at what Eric Wheeler calls eye candy and absorbing the …

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Mid Century Moderns of Reedwood

In Places & Neighborhoods by lratzlaff0 Comments

Last Friday I had the pleasure of joining Eric Wheeler of Positively Portland Walking Tours on another of his fabulous tours. This time I visited the Reedwood neighborhood to take a look at some classic mid century modern homes (MCM’s). The Reedwood area is a little neighborhood just north of Reed College starting at SE Steele Street and west of …