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Portland Blog: This Week in Portland, May 28 - June 4, 2011

Happy Memorial Day weekend, Portland!  It's hard to believe it's already time for the Portland Rose Festival, but yes...June is merely days away and this Memorial Day weekend in Portland kicks off "CityFair" down on the Portland waterfront.  I saw the "City Fair" signs and was wondering if this was a new name, and indeed it is:

Rose Festival CityFair (formerly Waterfront Village), part of Portland's Official Festival, is open for three full weekends starting on Memorial Day weekend. CityFair features exciting new attractions, a brand new entertainment venue with national acts and performances, and special promotions for people of all ages. Activities include carnival rides, special attractions, musical entertainment, and the Pacific Northwest Barbecue Championship!


Dates and Hours:
Weekend of May 27 - 30
May 27:
5:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
May 28 - May 30:
11:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.

Weekend of June 2 - 5
June 2 - June 3:
3:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
June 4 - June 5:
11:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.

Weekend of June 9 - 12
June 9 - June 10:
3:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
June 11 - June 12:
11:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.

PLEASE NOTE CityFair will be CLOSED:
May 31
June 1
June 6
June 7
June 8
Governor Tom McCall Waterfront Park (in Downtown Portland)

Of course the CityFair rides are only one small part of the complete Rose Festival. There is the Rose Festival Grand Floral Walk and Grand Floral Parade, Fireworks, Dragon Boat Races, and tons more to see and do. Visit the Rose Festival Calendar of Events for more information.

Portland Cycling - Routes, Maps, and Info

It's bike season in Portland year-round, but each spring brings a renewed focus on cycling in Portland.  WWEEK's "Expose Yourself to Bikes" edition is out, loaded with Portland bike friendly info, advertisements from tons of local bike shops with sales, and information on Portland bike-related websites and rides.  

One of the best websites to visit for cool inner-Portland bike routes is the City of Portland's Best Rides Around Portland page.  Be sure to visit the website to find downloadable maps, routes, and ideas of cool bike rides in Portland.

Above map from City of Portland, visit for maps and information.

In addition to Portland rides, they have maps for Oregon coast bike rides,  Portland to the Columbia River Gorge rides, and a ton of bike friendly resources.  Learn how to ride your bike in and around Portland safely, while having a ton of fun and getting into great shape at the same time.

If you're looking for Safe Routes to Schools, visit

Portland Safe Routes to School is a partnership of the City of Portland, schools, neighborhoods, community organizations and agencies that advocates for and implements programs that make walking and biking around our neighborhoods and schools fun, easy, safe and healthy for all students and families while reducing our reliance on cars.

 The Portland Safe Routes to School program currently provides Education, Encouragement, Engineering, Enforcement, and Evaluation in an Equitable manner (6 ‘E's) to support students in schools to be safe, have fun, grow healthy and get there.

Portland Bicycle Helmet Sales for only $5! 

Need safe cycling equipment?  There are two helmet sales in June you'll want to be aware of. 

Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center, Healthy Kids Fair

2211 NE 139th St – Vancouver, WA

Saturday June 11, 2011

10 AM to 2 PM

Helmet fitting & adjustments available

Helmet Sizes: Toddler – Adult


Good in the Neighborhood

King School Park

4906 NE 6th Avenue 

Saturday, June 25, 2011

10 AM to 2 PM

Portland Sunday Parkways

Did you participate in Portland Sunday Parkway's Kickoff in East Portland last weekend?  If not, be sure to come view some of the pictures Mark McClure added to the site.  It looks like it was a great event.  The next Sunday Parkways is in North Portland on June 26th.  "Portland Sunday Parkways promotes healthy active living through a series of free events opening the city's largest public space - its streets - to walk, bike, roll and discover active transportation."

Read more details and find out when your neighborhood's Sunday Parkways event is, at:


Portland Sunday Parkways - Photo by Mark McClure

Portland Sunday Parkways - Photos uploaded by Mark McClure

Portland Sunday Parkways in East Portland

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!

CALL TO ARTISTS - Drawing It Down Fundraising Event

May 17, 2011 at 6pm to May 31, 2011 at 7pm – Kenton Firehouse Want to draw? In public?   Arts on the Peninsula seeks artists (16 and over) for three North Portland community/fundraising events: 6/18 – Kenton; 7/16 – St. Johns; Mid-September – Roosevelt High S… Organized by Buff Medb Neretin, Arts on the Peninsula | Type: public/community, event, fundraiser


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

One Night WIth Janis Joplin - Portland Center Stage

May 24, 2011 to June 26, 2011 – Gerding Theater at the Armory Portland Center Stage will host the world premiere of One Night with Janis Joplin, the new musical event celebrating the life of one of rock ‘n roll’s greatest legends, beginning May 24, 2011. One Ni… Organized by Ross Seligman | Type: musical

Multnomah County Fair

May 28, 2011 to May 30, 2011 – "Oaks Amusement Park" It's the County Fair right in Portland:  racing pigs, talent competition, petting zoo, exhibits, loads of kids events and family fun! FREE FAIR ADMISSION FOR EVERYONE, EVERYDAY, MAY 28-30, 12-7PM At… Organized by Multnomah County Fair | Type: Multnomah county fair

Love Art! Gallery's ~ 2nd Anniversary Celebration

June 4, 2011 from 10am to 7pm – Love Art! Gallery Celebrate! with Love Art! Gallery for our 2nd Anniversary June 4, 2011 from 10am to 7pm Love Art is a family gallery located in the heart of Sellwood. The gallery represents 75 stunning local artist… Organized by Love Art! Gallery | Type: anniversary,

SPOIL: fight to save the Great Bear Rainforest - OR Premier

June 9, 2011 from 7pm to 9pm – Hollywood Theater Oregon Premier SPOIL: Tar sands in the Great Bear Rainforest June 9th 7-9PM Hollywood Theater 41st & NE Sandy, Portland Free!   In honor of International Stop the Tar Sands day, Portland Rising T… Organized by Portland Rising Tide, National Wildlife Federation, Columbia Riverkeeper | Type: international, stop,

11th Annual Village Building Convergence

May 27, 2011 at 10am to June 5, 2011 at 4pm – Central Venue: St. Davids of Wales Church City Repair’s 11th Annual Village Building Convergence, May 27 to June 5, Invites You to Creatively Transform Portland’s Public Spaces Build the Village. Be the Village. City Repair will host the e… Organized by City Repair | Type: community, event, week

Urban Green: Small Trees for Small Spaces Bonsai Exhibition

May 28, 2011 at 12pm to June 19, 2011 at 7pm – Portland Japanese Garden Art in the Garden: Summer 2011 Urban Green: Small Trees for Small Spaces May 28–June 19, Garden hours Garden Pavilion Included with Garden admission   The third exhibition in the Living in Harmony w… Organized by Melissa Wilmot | Type: exhibition, art

Rewild Camp

May 28, 2011 from 1pm to 3pm – Washington Park Archery Range Dear Friends of Rewild Portland, We would love to invite you to this Saturday's Rewild Camp, our afternoon rewilding social networking picnic where people make new friends and hang out with old frie… Organized by Peter Bauer | Type: skill-share, barbecue

Mango Hometown Tour Taste-Off

June 17, 2011 from 3:30pm to 5pm – D-Street Noshery The Mango Hometown Tour is coming to Portland on Fri., June 17, as Addy Bittner of Addy's Sandwich Bar and Bo Kwon of Koi Fusion compete in the Ultimate Mango Taste-Off, courtesy of the National Mang… Organized by National Mango Board | Type: food, event



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) Multnomah County Fair

It's the County Fair right in Portland:  racing pigs, talent competition, petting zoo, exhibits, loads of kids events and family fun!


At Oaks Amusement Park
7805 SE Oaks Park Way Portland, Or 97202
at the foot of SE Spokane, Sellwood


2) Oaks Amusement Park

1 SE Spokane St
Portland, OR 97202
(503) 233-5777

Locals recognize Oaks Park, also known locally as "The Oaks", as a place of fond memories and nostalgia.  Oaks Park, in Sellwood, a popular Portland neighborhood, borders the Willamette river on the South end of Downtown Portland.  It was built by the Oregon Water Power and Navigation Company and opened on May 30th, 1905 and was once known as the Coney Island of the Northwest.  Now it is a popular family entertainment location with a skating rink, rides, and more.  As one of the oldest continuously operating amusement parks in the country, the park still maintains a smaller old-timey feel compared to the extreme theme parks of the day.  Many Portlanders remember spending time at Oaks Park as a child, and new generations of Portland families visit the park today.  Oaks Park celebrated 100 years of continuous operation in 2005, making it among the oldest parks in the United States.

Oaks Park Portland Oregon

3) Springwater Corridor Trail Portland

From website:

If you're headed to Oaks Park on your bike, chances are you'll be riding along the fabulous Springwater Corridor Trail.

The Springwater Corridor is the major southeast segment of the 40-Mile Loop which was inspired by the 1903 Olmsted plan of a parkway and boulevard loop to connect park sites. The eventual developed trail will be over 21 miles long.

For the most part, the trail is well separated from the public road. The route is a scenic one, encompassing wetlands, buttes, agricultural fields and pastures, residential and industrial neighborhoods. Close to Johnson Creek, one of the last free-flowing streams in Portland's urban area, the trail criss-crosses the stream on its course to the Willamette River. The Corridor connects several parks and open spaces including Tideman Johnson Nature Park, Beggars-tick Wildlife Refuge, the I-205 Bike Path, Leach Botanical Garden, Powell Butte Nature Park, and Gresham's Main City Park.

4) Oregon Zoo Summer Concert Series

Tickets on sale now at the Oregon Zoo, Ticketmaster and the Aladdin Theater box office.

5) Portland Japanese Garden


Proclaimed the most authentic Japanese garden outside of Japan, the Portland Japanese Garden is a 5.5-acre haven of tranquil beauty nestled in the scenic west hills of Portland, Oregon.

Ceremonial Return of Koi to the Garden Ponds


6) ORBike - Promoting Bicycling in Oregon  

From website

We offer the most comprehensive cycling events calendar in the state, a blog and a heavy Twitter feed for the local buzz. 

Whether you're into racing, everyday cycling, distance rides, weekend riding or any other riding style, join the newsletter to get the insider scoop on riding your bike in Oregon.
Find tons of Bike Rides on their Events Calendar:

Including the upcoming Tour de Hood Scenic Gorge Loop on June 4th!

"Ride one of Oregon's most beautiful and challenging recreational rides! Experience two of the same courses that challenge racers in the popular Mt Hood Cycling Classic stage race, while benefiting local youth programs and the Mt Hood Cycling Classic race organization. This is a one-of-a-kind Oregon recreational riding experience akin to touring around the Tour de France, where all kinds of riders ride ahead of the race and either ride to the finish or wait along the road sides for the racing caravan to parade by."

7) Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area - 25th Anniversary of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area

From website

2011 marks the 25th Anniversary of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area Act. The Act designated special protection for 292,500 acres from the outskirts of Portland-Vancouver in the west through the Cascades to the semi-arid regions of Wasco and Klickitat counties in the east.

8) Oregon Coast: Astoria Oregon Bicentennial - 200th Anniversary


Astoria, Oregon was established in 1811 by the John Jacob Astor's Pacific Fur Trading party, and became the first permanent U.S. settlement west of the Rocky Mountains. The City was recognized as the nation's first real claim to the West by no less than Thomas Jefferson and written about by Washington Irving.


9) Local Deals from Willamette Week's Swag Rag and Portland Mercury MercPerks

Love local deals?  Who doesn't!  Visit our hyper-local Portland papers for some great deals with Portland businesses.


Portland Mercury MercPerks -


10) Scrap Portland - Rebel Craft Rumble 2011

2915 Northeast Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard
Portland, OR 97212
(503) 294-0769

From website

SCRAP is a 501(c)(3) non-profit. Our mission is to inspire creative reuse and environmentally sustainable behavior by providing educational programs and affordable materials to the community.

Rebel Craft Rumble 2011 - Portland’s craftiest competition of the year returns on June 15

With pinking shears drawn and glue guns locked and loaded, a fierce group of competitors will battle for crafting supremacy at Rebel Craft Rumble. See what kick-ass crafts they’ll whip up and if they can seam-rip the title of “Craft Master” from Craft Zine’s editor-in-chief and last year’s winner, Sister Diane Gilleland. All bouts will be judged by local celebs.

Wednesday, June 15, 7-9 p.m.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Clinton Street Theater -

2522 SE Clinton St.

SE Clinton Street Portland Oregon by Mark McClure

Clinton Street Portland - Photo by Mark McClure



The Portland Photo of the Week

Ron Wackford wins the Portland photos of the week for this stunning image, and snags a gift certificate to Powell's book store.  Come upload your Portland photos to the community Portland Photo Album.  As always, thanks for sharing your pictures of Portland.  We really enjoy looking at the Portland photos each week! 

Mt Hood from the Tulip Festival by Ron Wackford 



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Richmond Neighborhood Portland Real Estate Report

by Ross Seligman

The Richmond neighborhood is located in southeast Portland. It is bordered by the Hosford-Abernethy, Sunnyside, Mt. Tabor, South Tabor, and Creston-Kenilworth neighborhoods. The Richmond area also falls within the Portland neighborhood popularly referred to as the "Hawthorne District". To learn more about Richmond, click here.

Are you keeping an eye on Richmond or is it your neighborhood?  Check out this link for a monthly updating real estate chart for this neighborhood.

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 Richmond 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 the Richmond neighborhood, visit this link where you can search for homes by particular neighborhood: Click Here

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 Richmond neighborhood from 02/10 to 04/11:

In April 2011, there were 13 closed sales, 12 pending sales, and 50 homes on the market in the Richmond Neighborhood.

One year change from April 2010 to April 2011:

Inventory (how many homes on the market for sale): Down 19.4%
Homes sold: Down 40.9%
Homes pending sale: Down 33.3%


Chart for average price per square footage:

In the past 15 months, the average price per square footage in the Richmond neighborhood has been between $136 and $186/sq. ft. In April 2011, the average price per square foot in the Richmond neighborhood was $147.

One year change from
 April 2010 to April 2011:

Change in Price Per Square Foot:
April 2010: 157

April 2011: 147

Percentage Change: Down 6.3%

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 April 2011, the average time on market for a home in the Richmond neighborhood was 79 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 April 2011, sellers in Richmond received, on average, 91% of their original listing price.

More stats for you:

Change from April 2010 to April 2011:

Time on Market: Up 222.2%
Sold/List price % difference: Down 6%

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 April  2011, the average price of a house on the market in Richmond was $450,000. The average sale was $372,000.

More stats over one year:

Average active price: Up 0.9%
Average sold price:  Up 11.7%

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.  April 2011 in the Richmond neighborhood was a balanced market with 3.8 months of inventory.

By the way, this does NOT mean that it will take 3.8 months for your home to sell. That figure was, on average in April, 79 days.  Inventory is a figure that means that, if not another home were to come on the market in Richmond from this point forward, in 3.8 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:

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.


 2351 NW WESTOVER RD Portland, OR 97210 - NW District - $1,059,000

See the listing here:

3355 NE 73RD AVE Portland, OR 97213 - Roseway - $239,900

See the listing here:



Did you know there are nearly 100 unique Portland neighborhoods?  Learn more about these interesting Portland neighborhoods.

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!

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