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Portland Blog: This Week in Portland March 20-27, 2010


Its hard to believe that this weekly Portland blog is approaching its two year anniversary.  While was born in August of 2005, we blogged less frequently in those days, focusing more on hitting the bricks and building the near 100 neighborhood profile pages.  We then focused our sights on capturing more and more of the essence of Portland which is really how our Portland social network came to life. Today we have over 1,300 real Portlanders or real folks looking to relocate to PDX on the site. We emphasize 'real' because we all know that social networks can become ridiculous watered down, zero-value tools by which people promote themselves or their business and don't actually participate or create any real "community".  Our focus has always been on community -- and if someone is not adhering to that simple rule, well, its easy to -ahem- remove them and keep it clutter free for the rest of us.

Many people ask how came to be.  Well, lets take a quick trip down memory lane: many years ago, Lorri and Angela were planning to take a fun girls trip to New York City.  To say we were excited was an understatement!  We would be there for a mere three days and wanted to see and do all things that were "real New York".  We wanted to experience what the locals loved and called their own: from coffee, to food, to accommodations, street markets, you name it.  Unfortunately, we had no resource to turn to and we ended up just randomly asking and sometimes getting good advice- sometimes not!  On another trip to Miami, I will never forget asking the concierge for a local seafood restaurant where we might try the awesome local catch. His recommendation?  Red Lobster! 

Realizing that Portland had just as many hidden gems and was probably just as difficult to get to know for locals and visitors/newcomers alike, the idea to create was seeded.  We had no idea if people would even find a "local Portlanders site" useful and given it was truly a hobby (and not an income generating one), we wondered if it was worth our while to do it. That question answered itself quickly...As we slowly but surely built the website, we were humbled to have people discover us and send their thanks.  I'll never forget that August we were happy to have a whopping 800 people find the website.  We often laugh about that today as we now have a readership of over 100,000 a month and growing and fast.

This Portland blog is so popular and useful because of the community we have all grown together over the last few years.  Thank you!


Portland Picture of the Week 

Our Portland Photo of the Week is by B Hubbard.  This shot, taken over in North Portland, is a lovely, moody Portlandesque photo entitled "On My Walk".  Nice work!  This shot wins B Hubbard a $20 gift certificate to our favorite store of all time: Powells Books!

Portland Oregon Walk


Submit your local Portland photos for a chance to win a gift certificate to one of our fine 100% local Portland businesses.  Check back to see if your photo is selected for a spotlight in the weekly Portland blog!


Portland Events

Jewish Film Festival

The Portland Jewish Film Festival explores themes of spirituality and Jewish identity throughout all parts of the world, especially how American Jews perceive themselves in a larger social context. The films, in their abundance, touch on tragedy, embrace humor, and recount the emotional and tangible gains and losses of a people.

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Portland Oregon Women's Film Festival - POWFest

The Portland Oregon Women’s Film Festival (POW Fest) places a spotlight on women filmmakers by showcasing their work and strengthening the community of women in film.

POW Fest empowers women to find their voice and to share their stories through innovative and quality filmmaking.

We feature the work of today’s top women directors, honoring the true pioneers while providing support and recognition for the next generation of leading women filmmakers.

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Slap That Bitch!

Records are spinnin' and Little Big has women, plenty of them. His life as a hip-hop star is complete…until Colette walks in.

In this play within a play, Luke wants Bianca but so do Gremio and Gardner. No one wants Katherine, yet Peter sees her as a means to an end…or does he? Mr. Minola is bereft over the loss of his wife while Tran plays straight man so his buddy can nab the girl of his dreams. In this wild and zany comedy, everyone is posing as someone they're not.

While hip-hop is about expressing yourself and living your authenticity, this play shows today's dating world and all the games people are willing to play in order to "catch" a mate.

Written by Portland playwright (and Fuse Ensemble Member) Francesca Sanders, Slap That Bitch is a comedy about men, women and the roles we all play.

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The Portland Indie Wine & Food Festival

Join 40 of Oregon’s best craft wineries as they gather at Northeast Portland’s Bison Building for the 6th annual Portland Indie Wine & Food Festival. All participating wineries were selected by an expert tasting panel comprised of twelve nationally recognized sommeliers, retailers, wine trade representatives and writers. These tiny producers and winemakers will be on hand to personally pour and discuss their wines, farmer’s market style, with many wineries offering direct sales during the festival - the ultimate one-stop shopping experience.

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Every week, we add our favorite Portland events to the Portland blog. There are many more Portland events to be found on the Portland Events Calendar. Browse around or add your own!


Portland Blog, Forum Chatter & More

What will it take for me to live comfortably in Portland?

Planning a visit to PDX - need advice

St Patrick's Day

Moving from Midwest to PDX

Pooches on the Green

Earth Day 2010

Want to add your own two cents to the Portland blog?  Please do!  But please remember to keep it real and community focused. Read our terms of use and don't spam the planet with self promoting material or weird stuff as it will just get deleted.  We have a zero spammer policy. Promise!

Irvington Neighborhood Real Estate Report

By Ross Seligman

Irvington is located in Northeast Portland. It is bordered by the Sabin, Alameda, Eliot, King, Grant Park, Sullivan's Gulch, and Lloyd Center neighborhoods. Irvington is located on the East side of the Willamette River. Its boundaries are NE Fremont Avenue on the North, NE 7th Avenue on the West, NE Broadway on the South, and NE 26th Avenue on the East. The upper Northeast corner overlaps with Alameda and Sabin neighborhoods. Learn more about the Irvington neighborhood by reading the PortlandNeighborhood neighborhood profile on our fair Irvington.

In my monthly Portland real estate report, I always talk about how each individual neighborhood is a micro-market. If you are looking to buy or sell in a particular neighborhood, the most crucial information that you need to know is what is going on in that neighborhood. In this situation, the overall Portland market report is less important and the national real estate report is just about useless. This posting is a real estate report for the Irvington neighborhood of all homes in all price ranges. Feel free to request particular neighborhoods in which you are interested in buying or selling and I am be happy to do a report, just contact me on this forum or at my website.

If you are looking for homes in Irvington, visit this link where you can search for homes by particular neighborhood.

The first thing you will notice about individual neighborhoods as compared to the overall Portland reports are that the numbers can be wildly different month to month. Basically, the bigger the pool of data you are working with, the smoother the stats become. As we focus on smaller areas, many different things can happen month to month.

On to the report:  Here is the overall chart of inventory, sold, and pending for the Irvington neighborhood from 12/08 to 02/10:

Portland Oregon Real Estate


In February 2010, the Irvington neighborhood had 12 closed sales, 23 Pending Sales, and 90 on the market.  Here are more stats for you from your friendly neighborhood real estate statistics nerd:

One year change from February 2009 to February 2010:

Inventory (how many homes on the market for sale): Down 10.9%
Homes sold: Same as same month last year: Down 33.3%
Homes pending sale: Up 64.3%

Chart for average price per square footage:

Portland Oregon Real Estate

In the past 15 months, the average price per square footage in the Irvington neighborhood has been between $165 and $204/sq. ft. In February 2010, the average price per square foot in the Irvington neighborhood was $184.

One year change from February 2009 to February 2010:

Change in Price Per Square Foot:
February 2009: 165
February 2010: 184
Percentage Change: Up 11.5%

Read the rest of this report by Portland Realtor and Ecobroker, Ross Seligman

About Ross:  I am a real estate broker with Windermere, a writer and contributor to, and a professional musician in our beloved Portland. I have two bands: Echo Helstrom and the Echo Jazz Trio.  Learn more about Ross here by reading his PortlandNeighborhood profile.


Best Real Estate Deals in PDX

Every week, Ross shares with us a selection of the best real estate deals in and around Portland.  This cutie is located over in NE Portland. Check out the full list of best deals

Portland Oregon Homes

Did you know there are nearly 100 unique Portland neighborhoods?  Read and learn all about these interesting urban communities.



That's it for this week all. Thanks for reading this Portland blog!  Once again, thanks for being here and making this Portland website so awesome and most importantly, so real and useful for everyone.  Please, if you love this site as much as we do, tell your friends! Have a great weekend!

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