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It’s a Portland Bungalow, Says Eric

In Places & Neighborhoods by lratzlaff0 Comments

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. …

Really See the Neighborhood by Bike

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Join the Movement and #BIKEMORE! from Bicycle Transportation Alliance on Vimeo Biking is the perfect way to get to know a neighborhood. Riding on one of Portland’s Neighborhood Greenways is a perfect way to do it. In fact, I explored Portland by bike when I first moved here. I had a blast and saw a lot of cool neighborhoods I might …

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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 …