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Portland Blog: This Week in Portland, May 14 - May 21, 2011

Hello, Portlanders.  It's mid-May and The City of Portland is gearing up for lots of fun Portland spring and summer events.  The first Portland Sunday Parkways in East Portland will be on May 22nd:

There is no shortage of cool activities for all ages at Sunday Parkways, presented by Kaiser Permanente. At this first event, Kaiser Permanente is bringing the fun with PlayWorks for the kids and a performance from the Oregon Children's Theater.

There will be Zumba classes in Ed Benedict Park at 12:15, 1:45 and 3:15, as well as other fitness classes all day. Zumba is a fitness routine that's rapidly sweeping the nation by getting people active while bopping, shaking and hip swaying to Latin-inspired dance beats. Converts love the dance-based workout fun, a lighthearted way to get fit and, perhaps, hone your dance moves. They believe people should "ditch traditional workouts, and join the party." The Zumba classes, like all other activities at Sunday Parkways, are free.

Ron Russell Middle School is hosting a marketplace with exhibitors and community partners offering information on a wide variety of projects and programs. The school faculty and students are absolutely thrilled to be taking part in Sunday Parkways and to show off their school.

Learn more about the Portland Sunday Parkways events, the full schedule for your neighborhood, and how you can get involved in these fun community events.   Volunteer registration is open!

Sunday parkways website:


In addition to Portland Sunday Parkways, all throughout this spring and summer are organized Portland Walks.  Thanks to Mark for pointing out the City of Portland's Ten Toe's Express Walks.   Mark's postings in the Portland Walking Group says:

Last week, the City of Portland kicked off a new season of Ten Toes Express Walks. If you are open this coming Saturday from 9 - 11 am, please join me for the Irvington Classic Homes & Heritage Trees Ten Toe Express Walk. If you are not able to make the walk this weekend, please check the calendar to see if there is another date/location that might be convenient for you.

More information from City of Portland website:

The health benefits of walking are numerous, including reduced risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and obesity.  Walking with others provides the added benefits of a valuable support network and new friendships! 

Ten Toe Express walks are held Thursdays at 6:00 p.m. and Saturdays at 9:00 a.m. from May 5th through September 10th.

Thursdays, 6pm

May 5      Paul Bunyan to the Parks

May 19    Ainsworth and NE Parks Loop

June 9     Illuminating Interstate 

June 23   NP Greenway 

July 7       Beaumont-Wilshire Loop 

July 21     Piedmont, Humboldt, King, Boise & Eliot Highlights 

August 4  Overlook Views 

August 18 Historic Hollywood 

Sept. 1      Historic Sullivan’s Gulch 


Saturdays, 9am

May 14     Irvington Classic Homes & Heritage Trees

June 4      Alameda Ridge and Stairs

June 18    Hollywood Farmers Market loop

July 16      Walkin’ Wild

July 30      Alberta Arts Walk

August 13 Cully Green Streets

Sept 10     Going to the River


Portland Public Works Week

Speaking of the City of Portland, this week is also Public Works Week: Public Works: Serving You and Your Community

Welcome to National Public Works Week 2011! During the week of May 15 through May 21, 2011 the City of Portland is celebrating the hard work and dedication of the many public works professionals who provide and maintain the infrastructure and services collectively known as public works.


May Election Day

Also this week, don't forget that May 17 is Special Election Day.  Here is the link to learn more:


The Portland Plan

The Draft Strategies for the Portland Plan are out.  Read the Equity Initiative and take a survey at:

What is the Portland Plan?

From website:

The Portland Plan is a long-range plan to make Portland a thriving and sustainable city – a city that is prosperous, healthy and rich in opportunity for all. Through it, Portlanders can help define community priorities, guide investments and set the course for the city and partner agencies for the next 25 years. The Portland Plan is built on a foundation of equity.
The Portland Plan will be accomplished over time through a variety of efforts, such as:

  • Intergovernmental agreements

  • Legislative advocacy

  • Programs

  • City internal practices

  • Budget instructions

  • A new Comprehensive Plan (policies, map and citywide infrastructure systems plan)

Learn more about the Portland Plan and how you can get involved at:



Weekly Featured Portland Events

Each week we feature a handpicked list of Portland events that have been shared on the events calendar.  If you have a Portland event you would like to share, just go to the Portland Events Calendar, and click the +Add button.  Thanks for sharing what is going on in and around Portland!

Art Show - 919 NW 23rd Ave.

May 13, 2011 from 1pm to 9pm – 919 NW 23rd Ave. Nob Hill Comme Tu Veux: As You Wish                   6 outstanding local painters present a bounty of original work priced from $100 - $5,000.  Spend a glorious evening (open Fri-Sat til 9pm) strolling NW 23… Organized by Doreen Roozee | Type: art, show


May 14, 2011 from 8am to 5pm – Concordia University’s George R. White Library & Learning Center TEDxConcordiaUPortland, an independently organized TEDx event, is themed “think.inspire.go” and will feature more than 18 keynote speakers and fuel innovative thinking. For more information, please v… Organized by Concordia University | Type: community, event

Northwest District Association Neighborhood Clean Up

May 14, 2011 from 9am to 12pm – Northwest District May  11, 2011 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Help Clean NW 23rd Street Saturday, May 14) With the help of Ms. Denay Love of CleanScapes, the Northwest District Association (NWDA) is expanding its Saturday, Ma… Organized by Alison Wallisch | Type: clean, up

ACHS Wellness Booth at Beaverton Farmer's Market

May 14, 2011 from 9am to 1pm – Beaverton Farmer’s Market Live demonstrations of how to make and use an herbal first aid kit at the American College of Healthcare Sciences’ (ACHS) health and community wellness booth at the Beaverton Farmer’s Market this Sat… Organized by Lauren Shapiro | Type: community, wellness

Friends Library Store NW Grand Opening May 14, 2011

May 14, 2011 from 11am to 7pm – NW 23rd and NW Johson in former Music Millennium space You’re invited to join the celebration at the Friends Library Store NW Grand Opening May 14.  Activities include the ribbon cutting at 11 am followed by children’s activities and local artist and aut… Organized by Friends of the Library | Type: opening

Portland Symphomic Girlchoir Concert

May 14, 2011 from 12pm to 1:30pm – Zion Lutheran Church   Music in the Making – Guest Composer-in-Residence Paul Caldwell This unique event begins with a workshop Friday evening featuring dynamic Chicago composer Paul Caldwell then concludes with a concer… Organized by Roberta Jackson and Deb Burgess | Type: music,

John Nilsen In Concert

May 14, 2011 from 7pm to 8:30pm – St. Paul Lutheran Church John Nilsen is a Magic Wing Recording Artist  -Guitarist, Pianist, Vocalist, Composer & Producer - Currently one of the Northwest’s largest selling musical artists 17 recordings with internationa… Organized by Saint Paul Lutheran Church | Type: fundraising, concert

29th Irvington Home Tour

May 15, 2011 from 11am to 5pm – The Irvington Neighborhood A walking tour of 7 outstanding homes in the Historic Irvington Neighborhood.  The architecture emphasizes the Prairie, Arts & Crafts, Foursquare and Bungalow styles that were popular at the turn… Organized by Irvington Community Association | Type: fundraiser,

Will Potter Green is the New Red book reading and discussion

May 16, 2011 from 7:30pm to 9pm – Powell's Books on Hawthorne Will Potter will discuss his book Green Is the New Red: An Insider's Guide to a Social Movement Under Siege published by City Lights Publishers in April.  Monday, May 16th, 2011 at 7:30 PM Powell's… Organized by Powell's Books | Type: book, reading

Open House and Social

May 19, 2011 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm – Daybreak Cohousing Come and get to know us.  We are looking for member-owners who wish to live in our cohousing community, but we now also have some units for rent. Living at Daybreak involves becoming a member of our… Organized by Daybreak Cohousing | Type: open, house


May 19, 2011 at 7:30pm to June 4, 2011 at 8:45pm – Imago Theatre An original comedy by Carol Triffle   May 19th thru June 4th. Thursday, Friday, & Saturday at 7:30 PM   SPLAT continues in Carol Triffle’s eccentric non-linear approach to comedy and theatre where… Organized by Imago Theatre | Type: theatre

Rigler SUN Community Festival

May 20, 2011 from 5pm to 8pm – Rigler Sun School JHC will be there giving healthy homes outreach and free blood screenings! Organized by Alison Sheldon | Type: festival


This Week's Top Ten in Portland

What's the Portland top ten list?  Just some cool places, activities, shops, businesses, restaurants, people, and other things we want to share about Portland each week.  if you have something you'd like to see added to the weekly top ten, drop us a line. 


1) The 49th Annual St. Johns Parade - One of Portland's Most beloved annual events!  Saturday May 14, 2011 at Noon

From website:

The St. Johns Parade has been a tradition in the North Portland area since 1962. People from near and far look forward to this event every year. Many families have their favorite viewing spot and many who have moved away come home for this special week-end to watch the floats, bands, drill teams, and horses. Parade participants from the early years are now watching their children and grandchildren as they march or ride the parade route.

2) Portland Proms - PDX Prom at Mt Tabor Theater - Hawthorne

Do you fondly remember your high school prom and wish you could re-live the anticipation of that special night?  Well in Portland, you can.  We've got two Portland proms going on this week so take your pick!

PDX Prom - Portland Prom at Mt Tabor

From website:

(Portland, OR) May 14th 2011 - For most, high school prom doesn't turn out to deliver everything that is expected of it. Lack of confidence, inability to legally drink, and sexual angst are all hurdles that the common attendee of a high school prom struggles to overcome. However, for the second year running Just People, with a sponsorship from Red Stag bourbon, is giving the people of Portland the chance to relive their high school prom as older, wiser, and legal adults. PORTLAND'S PROM 2011, hosted by JUST PEOPLE, will be taking place SATURDAY MAY 14TH at the MT. TABOR THEATER. Their will be four Djs spinning music throughout the night in both the concert hall and the lounge, two full bars with drink specials including prom punch, a professional photo booth taking pictures all night, live art and a gallery display by Dane Eisenbart, LED hula hoopers dancing on platforms above the audience, and JUST PEOPLE – a Portland based band and masterminds of the event– headlining the bill.

pdx prom

3) PDX Zombie Prom 4: Tiki Terror -  5/14/11 8:00 PM, Bossanova Ballroom

From website:

From the Island of Zom-Tiki The thundering drums can be heard. the island paradise lost to ghouls of all descriptions. Whether it was a plague or a witch doctors curse no one knows but the tropical zombies are on their way to the big Luau right here in Portland, Oregon... That is right PDX Zombie Prom is back!

4) Wonder Northwest Portland Pop Comics Show and Expo - May 14-15th Crowne Plaza Hotel, Portland, OR

From their website:

Wonder Northwest is an amalgamation of pop-culture subcultures. Here you will find regular folks co-mingling with super heroes, pirates, geeks, nerds, cosplayers, film enthusiasts, gamers and other nice people! Our vendor room will feature comic books, toys, video games and more from some of the best dealers from across the country. Contests, panels and other special events will be open for all attendees to enjoy. Conveniently located in the heart of Portland with easy access to PDX (Portland International Airport), public transportation, nearby restaurants and other attractions.

5) Cooking Light Article - Portland Food Rules:  Cooking light's May edition featured a great article on the Portland food scene:

Yes, you have to begin by agreeing that Portland is now so hip, or perhaps so post-hip, that it has a TV show—Portlandia—devoted to its hipness, a show involving much hilarity about food in episode one. And that a Portlander famously addressed hipness-sniffing New York writers this way on a blog: "STOP stalking us. Love, Portland." Portland, like Austin, prides itself on being weird, which in the end is a bit of Vegas-style branding. But when you get down to it, PDX, as it's sometimes called, walks the walk concerning chow. If the American food revolution sometimes starts to feel like a lecture, well, there's a lot of giddy class participation in Portland. It has a few things to teach the rest of us.  Read more...

6) Naomi's Organic Farm Supply - 2500 SE Tacoma St, Portland, OR 97202 

Family-owned shop supplies a wide range of organic products including: soil amendments and fertilizer, seeds, straw, hay, compost, potting soils, livestock feeds, salts, supplements, chicken supplies, pet foods, hand tools.  We teach and host a variety workshops here, too.  

Read more at:

Also, be sure to attend the upcoming Hip Happening event on May 21st

Naomis Organic Farm Supply

7) Wet Hot Beef Cart


My co-worker buddies took me to this cart this past week.  It's Downtown at the corner of SW 10th and Washington.  I love the Portland food carts that offer truth in advertising right in their name: get a delicious wet hot beef sandwich, on fresh bread, with homemade chips and homemade soda.  M-m-m, that was a tasty lunch!

8) Cupcakes at Saraveza - 1004 N Killingsworth


Sure, the beer at Saraveza is why you are here in this North Portland beer bar and bottle shop (Saraveza is recognized one of America's 100 Best Beer Bars), but who makes those delicious cupcakes?  Wow.  Insane cupcake yumminess.  I never knew cupcakes washed down with beer could be so good.

9) FredFest 2011- Saturday May 14

From website:

What started as a small surprise 80th birthday party for world-renowned beer writer Fred Eckhardt is coming back around in its sixth year as one of the most anticipated beer events of the year.

Attendees will be treated not only to a rare assortment of hand-selected beers, but also light fare cooked in beer and a birthday cake -- complete with a round of "Happy Birthday" -- just for Fred. Cheeses, chocolate, candy and even cereal will be offered in abundance so attendees can experience some of Fred's famed beer-and-food pairings.

10) Goodfoot Lounge - Goodfoot Fridays - Soul Stew and DJ Aquaman - 2845 SE Stark St.


The classic Friday night of funk, soul and breakbeats with DJ Aquaman. $5


The Portland Photo of the Week

Julie Lynn Kelly wins the Portland photo of the week contest for this snapshot of a family enjoying a stroll in the sun along the waterfront!  Come upload your Portland photos to the community Portland Photo Album.  As always, thanks so much for sharing, we really enjoy looking at the Portland photos each week! 

Out for Sun photo by Julie Lynn Kelly on


A Stroll in the Sun photo of Portland - Photo uploaded by Julie Lynn Kelley

Our Portland Photo of the Week winner gets a gift certificate to a local Portland business of our choosing.  Julie will receive a $20 gift certificate to one of Portland's favorite coffee shops, Coava.  Want to learn more about where to find great Portland coffee?  Visit our Portland Coffee page.

Julie also shared this adorable bird photo:

Bathing Beauty by Julie Lynn Kelley

Come and upload your Portland photos to the Photo Gallery for your chance to win each week.  Check back to see if your photo is selected for a spotlight in the weekly Portland blog! 



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May 2011 Portland Oregon Real Estate Report: What's Happening?

 They are a comparison of April 2010 - April 2011 for all of Multnomah County and are taken directly from the RMLS. What follows is my own analysis of these statistics. For our purposes, I thought it best to analyze Multnomah County as a whole. Each neighborhood, however, is a little micro-universe and has its own market. Changing the parameters of the zip codes, price variables, or time periods can lead to very different results. This analysis is of all homes sold in all price ranges in Multnomah County. If you have any questions about specific zip codes, or any questions about the market in general, please reply to this forum with those questions or feel free to contact me at:

Since Portland is a neighborhood city, you can now search by "Irvington, Alberta, etc.". You can check it out by clicking here.


To see and/or bookmark a monthly automatic updating chart, click here.


On to the report:
Here is a chart of all homes for sale, pending for sale, and sold in Portland, Oregon for the last 15 months:

In April 2011, inventory has remained flat with 3132 homes on the market. This buyer's market means that sellers have to make sure they are doing all of the steps necessary to sell their home.  If you are a seller and have any questions about this, feel free to contact me.  In April 2011, 506 homes sold and 656 are pending for sale. 

Yearly change from April 10 to April 11:

For Sale: 3717 in April 10, 3132 in April 11. Inventory is Down 15.7%

Sold homes: 722 sold in April 10, 506 sold in April 11.  Sales are Down 29.9%.

Pending sales: 939 pending for sale in April 10, 656 pending for sale in April 11. Pending sales are Down 30.1%.


Remember, last year at this time there was a rush to get the soon-to-expire tax credit.  Now the market is moving on its own steam


Chart for average price per square footage:

In the past 15 months, the average price per square foot in Portland, Oregon has been between $128 and $148. In April 2011, the average price per square foot in Portland was $137.

Yearly change from April 10 to April 11:

Average price per square foot in April 10 was $143. In April 11 it is $147. This figure has dropped 3.8%.

Days on market and 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 all of Multnomah County, in all price ranges, a home is taking, on average, 77 days to sell.

The other thing that this chart shows is what percentage of listing price the home, on average, is selling at. This is a great indicator of pressure on prices. In April 2011, sellers were getting, on average, 92% of their original asking price.

Yearly change from April 10 to April 11:

Average time it takes to sell a home in April 10 was 58 days. In April 11, it is 77 days.  A increase of time on market of 32.8%. 

The percentage of original listing price that was paid was 95% in April 10  and is 92% in April 11.

Average price for sale vs. average price of sold:

The largest segment of home sales have been in the price range under $400,000. You can see this reflected in the average price of a home that has sold. In April 2011, this figure was $282,000.

Yearly change from April 10 to April 11:

The average price of a home listed in April 10 was $363,000. In April 11, $340,000. This figure has decreased by 6.3%.

The average price of a home sold in April 10 was $278,000. In April 11 it was $282,000 This figure has increased 1.4%.

Months of inventory:

Months of inventory gives a timeline of how long it would take for all of the current listings to sell. Anything above 4 months is considered a buyers market. In April 2011, this figure was 6.2 months based on closed sales. Portland is currently, on average, a buyer's market.

This does NOT mean that it will take, on average, 6.2 months for your home to sell. That number was 77 days.   It means that, if not a single listing were to come on the market in Portland from this moment, it would take 6.2 months for all available homes to sell before there would be none left.

Yearly change from April 10 to April 11:

The months of inventory in April 10 was 5.1 months. In April 11, it is 6.2 months. This figure has increased by 20.2%. 

As I have said before, none of this information matters if you have a particular neighborhood in mind since Portland neighborhoods are their own micro-markets. If you have one in mind to buy or are selling your home, please request a report for that neighborhood and I am happy to post it on this blog or send it to you.

Hey everyone, I want to know what you think of these reports. Too many stats? Just right? Something missing? Let me know so I can make these more useful for you. What are your thoughts about real estate right now? What do you think of the information in this report? Post to this blog so we can discuss.

Visit my website where you can contact me and search all Portland
Metro Area listings from the RMLS, including school and neighborhood reports:


Best Deals in Portland - Portland Home Deals

Each week, Ross shares a handful of homes for sale in Portland Oregon that are great deals.  We usually select one on the higher end and lower end of the price range to share here in the blog.  You can read the full report of best real estate deals in Portland, here.

1. 2636 SW TALBOT RD Portland, OR 97201 - Southwest Hills - $925,000

See the listing here:

5.  10342 SE YUKON ST Portland, OR 97266 - Lents - $249,900

See the listing here:

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Powell's Bookstore Picks

About Powell's Books:  Powell's personifies Portland in so many ways:  first of all, it's an independently owned bookstore.  Portland in general is highly supportive of locally owned businesses and supporting the local economy.  While we don't outwardly shun all big box chain stores, we prefer to do our business at home.  Perhaps more importantly, Powell's Bookstore is simply one of the finest bookstores in the world.  Powell's City of Books takes up an entire city block downtown, and you can get lost for hours exploring the labyrinth of color-coded rooms.  You will probably need a map, the store is so big...  Read more about Powell's Bookstore

We love Powell's!

Portland Book Review of the Day

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Powell's Author Interviews


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