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Portland Blog: This Week in Portland April 24 - May 1 2010

Hello Portland!  Here is the weekly edition of our Portland blog with a few Portland event ideas, a real estate report featuring the North Tabor neighborhood (the neighborhood formerly known as Center), the Portland photo of the week, and more.  I can hardly believe we are coming up on May already.  I've been enjoying watching my Portland street transform into a green (and pink, and red, and yellow) garden paradise as everything has pretty much come into full bloom by now.  This seems fitting, since we are celebrating the 40th Earth Day on this year.  PSU Earth Day Festival is a week long event, you might want to check it out. 

I got to spend some time under my blooming wisteria vine out on my back deck last Sunday, when we had that glorious warm weather.  I draped it over my pergola last year and it grew like crazy.  Not only is the wisteria pretty and a nice visual reminder of spring, it smelled fantastic.  While I was sitting there basking in the scent and relaxing, my dog kept sniffing around my clematis vine (which has also grown to gigantic proportions).  When I went to investigate, I found a tiny little bird's nest full of four tiny little chicks.   What a wonderful spring gift to discover in my own backyard.  I will enjoy watching those little birds grow up and hopefully become residents in my yard this summer.  I also took a few minutes to get my veggie garden started.  I am no master gardener, but I definitely enjoy eating tomatoes right off the vine in the summertime, and it's so easy to plant a few of your favorite vegetables and herbs to enjoy, even if you just plant a few pots out on your patio.  I enjoyed reading the posting that site member Hank put up in the Portland gardening forum.  Here are a few words from Hank.  

"When did we get so far away from the land that we have to take classes in gardening, complete with power point presentations? The closest most of us get to where our food comes from is the nearby supermarket, or, if we are really daring, the local farmers market. 

It’s time to take the ear phones out of our ears, turn off the cell phones and computers, and get out of the classrooms and living rooms. Time to grab a shovel, dig up some dirt and get to work growing our own food. Sure we will make mistakes, some of our crops may die, and we will get some blisters on our hands (and yes we will eat some wormy apples.)"

Why not take Hank's advice and go plant something!  Read the full posting in the Portland Gardening forum.

There are loads of events on our calendar this week, including a couple of charity benefit events I have added to the list of featured events.  Do something good for others this week and take part in one of these events.

Thanks to everyone for adding all the great Portland events.  Remember, you can add your own Portland events directly to the events calendar, here.  Just click "Add an Event" and fill in the details.

Portland Photo of the Week 

Our Portland Photo of the Week, Daffodil Festival is by  Doug Zanger.  

Daffodil Festival photo by Doug  Zanger

Photo by Doug Zanger

There were tons of great Portland photos uploaded on the site this week, so go check them out.    I also wanted to share the photo below as our runner up, because it made me laugh!  That is one fat squirrel.   Earl R. Thomas submitted this photo.  Thanks to everyone for uploading your photos, we all enjoy looking at the ever growing gallery of Portland and surrounding areas (and fat squirrels).

Our weekly Portland photo winner scores a $20 gift certificate to the Portland Saturday Market Learn more about the Saturday Market.     Come and upload your Portland photos to the Photo Gallery for your chance to win each week.  

Rodent in the Rain by  by Earl R. Thomas


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

And now onto our featured Portland events this week.  We cull the list of member added events each week and try to feature a nice handful to give you some great ideas of things to do in Portland.  This week we have a nice list for you, so get out and have a great week in Portland!

Eatmobile - Portland's Food Cart Festival

Eat Mobile: Willamette Week’s Food Cart Festival.  Willamette Week’s annual food cart festival will take place on Saturday, April 24, 2010 under the Morrison Bridge at SE 3rd and Belmont.

Attendees will be able to sample from 30 of our favorite food carts all in one place, for the same price it would cost to eat a full meal at one of them¬—$7. And, to make you feel even better, all event proceeds benefit MercyCorps Northwest’s local economic development program.

In addition to a copious amount of food and beer, vendors will compete for the coveted Carty Award; judges include a panel of food luminaries in town with International Association of Culinary Professionals.

$7 in advance
$10 at the door

All Ages, 5 and under free (no wristband requi

View this Portland event: Eatmobile


NW's Largest Family Expo

This Weekend - An amazing weekend of family fun and entertainment! Non-stop entertainment on 3 stages, concerts by Disney artists, hundreds of interactive exhibits for kids, teens and parents, products and services designed to enrich your life! Portland's Premier Family Show features; a Twilight Party, The Big Baby Show, Pint-Size Disco, Mad Science, The Extreme FunZone; giant slides, jump houses, rock wall, petting zoo & reptile exhibit. Theme areas include: BabyFest, CampFest, Family Vacations & Recreation, Sports & Fitness, Education & Youth Enrichment, Kids Instyle, Food & Family, Health & Safety, Special Needs, Family Marketplace. Disney's Rock N Recycle will celebrate Earth Day at KidFest 2010, with entertainment and resources to help families live Green.

Bring a bag of non-perishable food, toiletries, diapers, formula and necessities for The Sunshine Division Stuff The Bus to help local families in need.

View this Portland Event: NW's Largest Family Expo


OMSI After Dark

April 28 - OMSI AFTER DARK - Treat yourself to childfree, brain-building science fun at OMSI After Dark! Check out live demos, a planetarium show, Science On a Sphere, SAMSON the T. rex, new featured exhibits, and old favorites. Sample tasty snacks and sweets along with beer, wine, and craft soda, and talk to regional food and beverage artisans about the science behind them. The OMSI Market Cafe will be open with a special dinner menu and cash bars will also be available for those who want more than just a taste! It's geeks gone wild! (21-and-over only.)  21 and over ONLY - IDs required. 
Next Date: Wednesday, April 28, 2010.

View this Portland Event: OMSI After Dark


PSU Earth Day Festival

April 22 for one week:  PSU Earth Day Festival 2010 - This event is a week's worth of student led sustainability action projects that culminate in a campus-wide Earth Day festival that celebrates all of the great work in which the PSU community is involved.

The concepts of Biodiversity, Waste, Social Inclusion, Climate Change and Healthy Living will guide our decisions through every step of the project planning, implementation, and wrap-up.

View this Portland Event: Earth Day Festival


Not Dead Yet - The Film - Benefit at Hollywood Theatre

April 23-24-25:  “Not Dead Yet,” a dramedy about life, hot flashes and profound re-awakenings, and winner of two best feature awards, is offering three event screenings starting with a gala reception Friday, April 23rd at 6 PM, followed by a 7 PM show on Saturday, April 24th, and ending with a 2 PM matinee on Sunday, April 25th.

All ticket sales for the Friday and Saturday shows will benefit Life By Design NW, Oregon Womens Lawyers Foundation, NARAL (Oregon Foundation for Reproductive Health), and OAASIS (Oregon Abuse Advocates and Survivors In Service). Ticket sales for the Sunday matinee will benefit Film Action Oregon’s Women’s Film Initiative. All screenings will be held at the historic Hollywood Theater at 4122 NE Sandy Blvd., Portland Oregon.

Each showing of the film will be followed by a themed discussion. The audience will be invited to share their accomplishments, discoveries and stories during a filmed Q&A. Highlights will be posted to the Hot Flash Films PDX website and used in a documentary on the power of media imagery to shape our beliefs and behaviors.

View this Portland Event: Not Dead Yet at Hollywood Theatre


A Child's Time to Rock - Benefit at Wonder Ballroom

April 25 at Wonder Ballroom - Two of Seattle’s top indie kids’ bands, Recess Monkey and The Not-Its, will perform a family concert benefiting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training program. The concert is the brainchild of Hillsboro dad Michael Childs, who’s raising funds for his Team in Training triathlon. The bands are donating their time, and Portland merchants are donating goods and services for a silent auction. More information is available at

View this Portland Event: A Child's Time to Rock


Rose City Collectors Market Show and Blanket Drive

Help us Help others, by getting the word out! The Rose City Collectors Market Show & Blanket Drive is coming up Sunday April 25th & May 16th Show hours: 9am - 3pm $2.00 & 7am $6.00 The Airport Holiday Inn's Columbia Conference Center 8521 NE Columbia Blvd., Port. Or. 97220. New, or Laundered Blankets, Coats & Socks will be collected to help The Single Homeless Women in The Catholic Charities Housing Transition Program. The Show has 200+ Tables full of Antiques & Collectibles! Come Buy, Sell & Trade!  More info. Contact Tracy Balogh 503-238-0222

View this Portland Event: Rose City Collectors Market Show and Blanket Drive


Midori Plays Sibelius

April 25 - The one-time child prodigy known the world over by her first name alone – Midori – is now a mature musician at the absolute peak of her powers. What’s her take on one of the most demanding works ever written – the Sibelius Violin Concerto, a masterpiece that’s been called “purely virtuosic”?

Carlos Kalmar, conductor
Midori, violin

Sibelius: Canzonetta
Sibelius: Violin Concerto
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5

Call for tickets 503-228-1353 or go online

View this Portland Event - Midori plays Sibelius


The Portland Plan - Phase 2 Workshops

THERE'S TALKING ABOUT IT. AND THEN THERE'S DOING SOMETHING ABOUT IT.  OUR FUTURE, THAT IS. We understand that jobs, education, equity, public health and sustainability are important to the people of Portland — because you told us. Now it’s time to take the next steps. The upcoming series of Portland Plan workshops will be about setting direction — identifying our goals and choosing targets to tell us whether we met them.

So whether you’re new to the Portland Plan or you participated in Phase I, we want to hear your ideas and dig deeper into the issues that Portland faces.

Please join your neighbors and fellow Portlanders at this workshop. Help sort through this information, tell us what’s important and chart the course for Portland’s future!

Visit this Portland Event - Portland Plan Phase 2 Workshops

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Portland North Tabor Neighborhood - Real Estate Market Report

By Ross Seligman

The Center neighborhood is now known as North Tabor neighborhood.  It is located in Southeast Portland. It is bordered by the Laurelhurst, Hollywood, Rose City Park, Montavilla, Mount Tabor and Sunnyside neighborhoods.  Learn more about North Tabor here.

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 North Tabor 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:

If you are looking for homes in North Tabor, 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 North Tabor neighborhood from 1/09 to 3/10:

2009 was excellent for North Tabor and March 2010 shows a spike in pending sales. In March 2010, the North Tabor neighborhood had 23 closed sales, 46 pending sales, and 116 on the market.

More stats for you from your friendly neighborhood real estate statistics nerd:

One year change from March 2009 to March 2010:

Inventory (how many homes on the market for sale): Up 6.4%
Homes sold: Same as same month last year: Down 14.8%
Homes pending sale: Up 39.4%

Chart for average price per square footage:

In the past 15 months, the average price per square footage in the North Tabor neighborhood has been between $136 and $160/sq. ft. In March 2010, the average price per square foot in the North Tabor neighborhood was $153.  

One year change from March 2009 to March 2010:

Change in Price Per Square Foot:
March 2009: 144
March 2010: 153
Percentage Change: Up 6%

Days on Market, Sold/List Price:

This chart is showing us two things. First, how many days on the market that a home is spending, on average, before being sold. In March 2010, the average time on market for a home in the North Tabor neighborhood was 38 days.  

The second thing that this chart is showing you is what percentage of the listing price the owners actually are getting when the house is sold. This is a great indication of the pressure on prices. In March 2010, sellers in North Tabor received, on average, 98% of their listing price.

More stats for you:

Change from March 2009 to March 2010:

Time on Market: Down 57.8%
Sold/List price % difference: Up 1%

Average price for sale vs. average price of sold:

This chart shows us what the average listing was and what the average sale was. In March 2010, the average price of a house on the market in North Tabor was $337,000. The average sale was $339,000.

More stats over one year:

Average active price: Down 4.5%
Average sold price: Up 21.1%.

Months of Inventory:

Months of inventory gives a time line of how long it would take for all of the current listings to sell. Anything above 4 months is considered a buyers market. This figure is a good indicator of supply and demand.  March 2009 in the North Tabor was a fairly balanced market leaning in the buyer's favor with 5 months of inventory. 

By the way, This does NOT mean that it will take 5 months for your home to sell. That figure was, on average in March, 38 days.  Inventory is a figure that means that, if not another home were to come on the market in North Tabor from this point forward, in 5 months there would not be another home to sell. They would all be sold.

Visit my website where you can contact me and search all Portland Metro Area listings from the RMLS:


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.  Look at this cute tudor style home located in North Portland's Piedmont neighborhood. Check out the full list of best deals. 

 6115 N MICHIGAN AVE Portland, OR 97217 - Piedmont - $379,000

See the listing here:


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