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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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Bike Love from Jim Rowley

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I will now be sharing and featuring photos that express the spirit of Portland taken by photographers in and around Portland. If you’d like to contribute photos, please contact me. I recently collected these wonderful bicycle photos from Jim Rowley. You can find more of Jim’s photos at http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/jim-rowley.html?tab=artwork. Portland Bike Love from Jim Rowley

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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! The Mt. Tabor Park application for the National Register of Historic Places even references a 1954 map of the park that included a …

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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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Ugly Mug Coffeehouse: Quintessential Portland Coffee Shop

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The Ugly Mug Coffeehouse is a Sellwood classic. In fact, it’s a Southeast Portland classic. Ugly Mug is one of those coffee houses where you just know you’re in Portland. It’s the atmosphere. It’s the great coffee. It’s the friendly service. But mostly, it’s the feeling you get while you’re there – like you’re in the heart of what you …

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Seek and Swoon: Eco Throws That Tell A Story

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I think Jala Smith-Huys is a creative genius. She’s got an eye for design, but also a head for business. Jala has created a business that merges her love for travel, her belief in sustainability, her mastery of social media and her talent for design. Jala Smith-Huys is the incredible person behind the eco-blankets of Seek and Swoon. Story Telling …

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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. …