Hello, Portland! I really enjoy seeing what Portland photos that people upload to the site each week, because it gives me a good chance to get around Portland and see the sights, without having enough free time to actually really get out and around Portland every week, myself. Plus, many of the Portland photos are inspirational, or have a story behind them. I like the one featured this week, "VBC" because it shows a classic example of Portlanders out in their community collaborating on a neighborhood project.
I love watching neighborhood projects come together, such as public art mural painting on the side of a building or Portland business, or a Portland community garden. So what is VBC, you ask? A quick Google search of "VBC on Clinton Street" revealed the following (from CityRepair.org):
The planning for VBC sites is decentralized. We believe that the more local the decision the better, while we're in the phase of rebuilding vibrant neighborhoods.
More about City Repair:
"City Repair is an organized group action that educates and inspires communities and individuals to creatively transform the places where they live. City Repair facilitates artistic and ecologically-oriented placemaking through projects that honor the interconnection of human communities and the natural world. The many projects of City Repair have been accomplished by a mostly volunteer staff and thousands of volunteer citizen activists."
Visit http://cityrepair.org/ to get involved!
Portland: Art & Rock-n-Roll
Portland is one of the few places I can think of where the painting of a rock star hangs proudly in the office of the Mayor. Yes, indeed, Sam Adams is a fan and he now has a huge painting of the band’s lead singer sporting lederhosen and posing next to a stuffed wild boar. This near life size piece is called "Isaac Brock and the Seven Deadly Sins" and it is simply incredible. From YouTube:The man behind all of this is a very potent, exceptionally talented Portland artist, Alexander Rokoff. Meet Alexander once and you’ll never forget him. He is truly genuine in every single way and is by far the most gifted painter I have met in my lifetime. Rokoff is one of many artists who has a work studio in the North Portland based Falcon Arts Community and is one of the most well known artists in the Portland area. Rokoff also teaches oil painting classes and is a fantastic instructor. His passion for art is infectious and his eye is impeccable. Learn more about Alex and Rokoff Studios here.
About the Falcon Arts Community:
“The Falcon Art Community in Portland , Oregon provides affordable apartments and artist studio space in a beautifully restored circa 1911 building. With a slightly different take on the live/work concept, The Falcon Art Community separates apartment living from studio space by putting the living accommodations on floors above the work space. This idea allows artists to live/work in the same building, while not forcing artists to live in their work space. There are 47 apartments in the building and 25 art work spaces.”
Learn more about the Falcon Arts Community here.
Cheap Eats in Portland During June
There is a June promo running at a handful of great Portland restauarants around town. Get a three course meal at some great Portland restaurants for only $25. Check it out at: http://www.downtownportland.org/diningmonth/
The Portland Photo of the Week
Congrats to Beth Giansiracusa for this great "day in the life of Portland" community photo, taken on SE Clinton Street. This is a great shot, and thanks for sharing with us!
Our weekly Portland photo winner scores a $20 gift certificate to a local Portland business. Art will receive a gift cert to one of our favorite coffee shops of all time, The Red E Cafe. The gorgeous Red E is located in North Portland and is one of the most highly esteemed coffee shops in all of Portland. Read our review on the Portland coffee scene. There is a reason why our Portland coffee shops and coffee roasters get written up in the New York Times, folks.
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!
Featured Portland Events this Week
Here are the featured Portland events this week! Thanks to everyone for adding all the great Portland events to the community events calendar. You can add your own Portland events directly to the events calendar, here. Just click "Add an Event" and fill in the details.
Portland Rose Festival - Dragon Boat Races this Weekend
Rose Festival Dragon Boat Races -
Dates: Saturday, June 12 and
Sunday, June 13, 2010
Portland Rose Festival Grand Floral Parade - June 12
The KeyBank Grand Floral Parade is the crown jewel of the annual Rose Festival, anticipated annually by both locals and festival guests. In 2010 the parade will be an extravaganza of the Rose Festival's theme, 'Rose Spirit,' displaying the colors, variety and excitement of an animated garden.
Click to view this Portland Event: Grand Floral Parade
Cirque du Cycling on Mississippi Avenue - June 12
Cirque du Cycling is a celebration along Mississippi Avenue every June. The event features an Art Bike Parade, a Family Ride, a high-speed bike race, two beer gardens, an art installation, free bike parking and much more. Cirque du Cycling is a benefit for Albina Youth Opportunity School.
Learn more at: http://www.cyclingcircus.com/about.html
3rd Annual Oregon Brews and BBQs in McMinnville - June 18 and 19
What? The 3rd Annual Oregon Brews and
Portland Pride Festival and Parade - June 19 and 20
Portland Pride Festival and Parade
2010 - Be sure to mark your calendars for the Portland Pride Festival
this year on June 19th & 20th. As always we
will have non-stop entertainment and lots of fun planned for our lovely
and diverse community.
25th Annual Laurelhurst Garage Sale - June 19
Over 100 Homes plus many organizations make Fathers Day Weekend a fun time to stroll our beautiful neighborhood: buy great furniture, antiques, toys, clothes, etc and visit the various lemonade and food stands.
Disney's The Lion King - June 16 through July 11
Fred Meyer Broadway Across America
Portland presents Disney's The Lion King
Miracle Theatre Group - Songs for a New World - June 18 through July 3
Four actors, two musicians and a baby
grand ... Miracle Theatre Group and Staged! Portland’s
Musical Theatre Series are collaborating to unplug the traditional
summer musical in an intimate, acoustic presentation of Tony
Award-winning Jason Robert Brown’s first produced musical,
the off-Broadway hit SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD.
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Eastmoreland Neighborhood Report
By Ross SeligmanThe Eastmoreland neighborhood is located in Southeast Portland. It is bordered by the Sellwood, Reed and Woodstock neighborhoods. Click here to learn more about Eastmoreland.
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
In Eastmoreland, closed sales have dipped slightly over last month while pending sales have spiked. Closed sales are higher than they were last year at this time while pending sales are way up. In April 2010, there were 33 closed sales, 56 pending sales, and 106 on the market.
More stats for you from your
friendly neighborhood real estate statistics nerd:
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 2010, the average time on market for a home in the Eastmoreland neighborhood was 53 days.
Best Real Estate Deals in Portland
Every week, Ross shares with us a
selection of the best real estate deals in Portland. This week
there are some more affordable Portland homes, in addition to something
a bit more upscale to match our Eastmoreland neighborhood
report. Check out this beauty:
See the listing here: http://www.propertiesofportland.com/10044904
Take a peek at all the Portland real estate deals this week.
Did you know there are nearly 100 unique Portland neighborhoods? Read and learn all about these interesting urban communities.
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