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This Week in Portland July 23 - July 30 2011

Hello Portlanders!  Here is the latest edition of our weekly Portland events blog.  Today is the Division/Clinton Street fair. Mayor Adams and entertainer Storm Large will share the Grand Marshal spotlight as the parade kicks off the 19th annual street fair and Division Clinton’s 25th birthday celebration.   Also, this weekend the 8th annual PDX Pop Now festival continues at Refuge PDX at SE 2nd and Yamhill.  This popular Portland music event is totally free and all ages, so if you're looking for something fun to do on this hot and sunny Portland weekend, go check it out.  If you're a North Portlander, then you might want to head to Woodlawn and participate in the 8th and Holman Street mural block party celebration.  Sunday, July 24th from 2-7pm (more details about this event below).

Last weekend when I wrote the blog I must have been half asleep because I mentioned Portland Sunday Parkways Downtown was last weekend, but actually it is this weekend.  So, definitely head to downtown Portland on Sunday July 24, and enjoy this fun Portland event!

Want to meet other Portlanders and explore Portland's neighborhoods?  Why not join a Portland walking tour?   Visit our our Portland Walking Group to find out where you can meet others for a walk in Portland.

"Here is a snapshot from our Ten Toe Express Walk last night. I really enjoyed seeing the "hidden sights" in the Piedmont, Humboldt, King, Boise and Eliot neighborhoods. Laura Foster, along with Rich Cassidy from the City of Portland Bureau of Transportation, led the walk. We had a great turnout!" 

(By Mark McClure, Portland Walking Group)


Ten Toes Express Walk by Mark McClure

Ten Toes Express Walk in Portland - Photo by Mark McClure

The next scheduled Portland Ten Toes Express Walks are as follows:

Saturdays at 9am:

July 30      Alberta Arts Walk

August 13 Cully Green Streets

Sept 10      Going to the River

Thursdays at 6pm:

August 4   Overlook Views 

August 18 Historic Hollywood 

Sept. 1       Historic Sullivan’s Gulch 

Oregon Historical Society by Michael Barton
Oregon Historical Society, Downtown Portland - Photo by Michael Barton

The Big Float

Portland has a another great summer celebration coming up next weekend.  It's The Big Float!  Coming up on July 31st in Portland, on the Willamette River.

And so it was that on Sunday, July 31, 2011, a large armada of floaters in tubes, rafts, kayaks and other human-powered water vessels gallantly set sail across the mighty Willamette River.  It was the inaugural launching of THE BIG FLOAT.

THE BIG FLOAT is open to all ages ($5 suggested donation per floater). It promises to be a magnificent, river city spectacle – or at least a fine way to spend a summer afternoon, that also happens to be the last day of the Oregon Brewers Festival at Waterfront Park. Join the flotilla and share in the "great crossing."

What’s the BIG idea?
This first annual Willamette River event, presented by Willamette Riverkeeper, is a celebration of our river – highlighting the recreation it offers as well as the restoration it has undergone in recent years. The idea is to have fun on the river, inspire Portlanders to have positive aspirations for the river, and engage people to create lasting, meaningful change to the river.

People of all ages (1,000+ participants anticipated, registration will be cut off at 2,000) will enjoy a one-hour river cruise down the Willamette in the “float-worthy apparatus” of their choice, collecting at the east bank of the Hawthorne Bridge, parading west across the Hawthorne, due south on the Esplanade to final disembarking at the west bank beach of the Marquam Bridge.  Floaters will head northeast to cross the river and “take out” at the starting point of the parade, at the east bank of the Hawthorne Bridge (taking out at the public boat ramp adjacent south of Hawthorne Bridge). An after-party will be held following the float with food carts, exhibits, a "pool party" at the east base of the Hawthorne Bridge, beer garden and live music.  If you just want to watch you are welcome to meet up with the floaters at the "take out" at the after party area at the east side of the Hawthorne Bridge, cost to see the bands and be part of the after party is $7 for non floaters.

The cost for the float is free, but participants are encouraged to make a $5 donation to Willamette Riverkeeper.

Come on in – the water’s fine!  Despite public perception (which we are trying to change), the Willamette River is fine for swimming, except in rare instances when Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) conditions are present. Otherwise, DEQ states “the Willamette River is safe for swimming and other recreational uses”.

Woodlawn Neighborhood Focus

If you haven't visited this North Portland gem of a neighborhood, you'll want to drop in and check it out.  I just added a handful of new Woodlawn photos to the site.  If you have photos or information about Woodlawn to share, upload your images to the Woodlawn Photo Album, and drop me a line so I can add your content to the Woodlawn neighborhood page on the website.  I got an email from Anjala Ehelebe, asking me to update the description of our Woodlawn neighborhood profile.  About Woodlawn Portland:

"The oldest settled area in the Albina area is the Woodlawn Historic District. Initially settled in the 1860s as a rural farming village not called Woodlawn, it was the only independent town that existed outside the city of Albina. Woodlawn's character changed dramatically in 1888 when the railroad running from Portland to Vancouver located a train station in the center of the village. This connection to a larger market stimulated development. The commercial uses centered around the train station with residential development surrounding it. The depot was located at the intersection of today's Durham and Dekum avenues. The station's waiting room was built in the middle of a triangular park.

In the 1920's, paved major roads, the improved automobile and a bridge between Vancouver and Portland gave residents more shopping options and businesses in Woodlawn were either swept aside for housing or converted to factories. Woodlawn is 15 minutes travel time by car to Washington State, 10 minutes to the Portland International Airport, 15 minutes to downtown Portland and 15 minutes to excellent shopping malls (slower at rush hours). Woodlawn is well served by buses, and freight trains glide by at the base of the bluff. Some residents move here because they love the sight and sound of trains. Many residents commute by bicycle to their jobs. The Airport sometimes has planes taking off and landing over this and nearby neighborhoods (depending on wind direction), and that has become an issue taken up by neighborhood associations.

Atop the bluff, Woodlawn is mostly residential, with Queen Annes, Craftsman bungalows, and an influx of modern infill housing and condos. Some of those homes are occupied by families who’ve lived in Woodlawn for six generations. In the 40's and 50's many ranch and smaller homes were built throughout the neighborhood, to house the working class residents and evacuees of the Vanport Flood. Many of the Vanport people had worked in the shipyards during WW2, and some were African American. Integration happened in Woodlawn very smoothly.

It’s a very desirable neighborhood with the Woodlawn Park as a centerpiece. Art and culture are eagerly supported here, and overflow crowds attend the productions of Trek in the Park each summer. White, Black, Hispanic, and Pacific Island residents are noted in recent census records. Woodlawn in the 21st century has fascinating businesses and unique landmarks. In recent years there’s been a revitalization of businesses along Dekum, as envisioned in the 1993 Woodlawn Plan. We have exquisite pastry and coffee houses, fabulous restaurants, a brewpub, and a public benefit pub, a movement studio and a massage studio, a resale shop, a bicycle repair shop, ceramic studios, plant nurseries and many other fascinating businesses. The newest addition to the commercial triangle is a LEED Platinum remodel of a historic building housing a company that makes high quality, locally sourced, often organic foods for local businesses. Light and heavy industrial businesses flank the current train route, as do a variety of businesses that need space, such as plant nurseries. Two miles of Ainsworth Blvd, mostly within the Woodlawn and King neighborhoods, form a unique linear arboretum."

Anjala is the author of a book about the Woodlawn Neighborhood.  You can purchase her book from Amazon:

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Woodlawn Neighborhood Street Painting Project

What happens when a community comes together to repair an intersection in Portland?  A Portland street painting mural, of course. Check out this great time lapse video (from YouTube).  If you can help out with a small donation to this project, it would be much appreciated!  They accept cash or checks (which can be made out to Anne Tracy). If you'd like a tax receipt for your donation, you can make your checks out to the City Repair Project. Drop donations off to 6313 NE 8th Ave.

This weekend there will be a block party on 8th and Holman in Portland.  From their Facebook Page:

Come Join us on Sunday July 24th from 2pm-7pm as we celebrate the creating of the street painting with a Block Party on the Intersection itself. Bring your BBQs, food to share for the potluck, games, and music. Also bring a REUSABLE plate, cup, and silverware. And of course bring your friends and family. All are welcome.

About the City Repair Project, Portland Oregon


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.
City Repair began in Portland, Oregon with the idea that localization - of culture, of economy, of decision-making - is a necessary foundation of sustainability. By reclaiming urban spaces to create community-oriented places, we plant the seeds for greater neighborhood communication, empower our communities and nurture our local culture.

Our projects include the annual Village Building Convergence, where people gather at neighborhood sites throughout Portland to engage in intersection repair, natural building, and other forms of placemaking. We also host Earth Day, the Village Planting Convergence (also known as City Riparian), and operate a mobile tea house called the T-Horse.

Throughout the year we educate the community with workshops on all forms of sustainability and offer the invaluable placemaking guidebook and one-on-one consulting for those who want to repair their own neighborhood. If you are interested in helping our efforts please visit our volunteer page.

As an almost entirely volunteer-driven nonprofit organization, we rely solely on the support of our community. Please consider donating to help ensure our vision becomes a reality.

This Week's Top Ten in Portland

What's the Portland Top Ten list?  Just a spotlight on ten local events, places, or other interesting things we love in and around Portland that you might be interested in checking out!

1)  Downtown Portland Sunday Parkways
Join the fun on Sunday, July 24. The 6.4-mile NW/Downtown Sunday Parkways route will have two loops connecting Old Town/Chinatown, Pearl District and Northwest neighborhoods. Activities, food and entertainment will be in Shemanski Square , Wallace, Couch and Waterfront Parks , plus along the route. There is no official start or stop for the ride, just join in where ever from 11 am to 4 pm. Details and map, here.

2)  Division/Clinton Street Fair and Parade
Mayor Sam Adams and entertainer Storm Large will share the Grand Marshal spotlight as the parade kicks off the 19th annual street fair and Division Clinton’s 25th birthday celebration. Website

3) Super Skate Summer 2011 at Hollywood Theatre
Saturday 23rd: Greg Hunt, Jason Dill and Anthony Van Engelen discuss the making of Alien Workshop’s Mind Field Jon Miner and Jerry Hsu discuss the making of Emerica’s Stay Gold. Special Guests present their favorite skate video parts of all time Sunday

July 24th: No Age score the lost Dogtown-era tapes Sun Foot Curated by Chris Johanson and Patrick O’Dell Tickets are only $7 each night and include a free Chris Johanson poster!
Website and Tickets

4) PDX Pop Now Music Festival
In it's eighth year, this Portland summer music event is a great way to spend time this weekend.  FREE, All Ages, July 22nd – 24th, 2011
Refuge PDX, 116 SE Yamhill St. - July 22nd – 24th

5)  Saucebox Portland - Curated Music Video night, "Reel Music". 7/29/2011, Dandy Warhols
At Saucebox, 214 SW Broadway, 10pm, 21+

6)  Hawthorne Fashion Show, Alley 33 Fashion Event - This Saturday, 4pm
Featuring 19 Local Designers, beer garden, and DJ Gregarous.
At 33rd Avenue Alley, and SE Hawthorne Blvd.

7)  Brewer's Feud: Migration and Amnesia Brewing go head to head at Migration Brewing.  2pm to close, Saturday
2828 NE Glisan Street, July 23rd.
Migration's Luscious Lupulin IPA recently won the Horse Brass Pub's blind IPA taste-off! The competition matched up the top 8 self-distributed local breweries in a random format and Lupulin was the top consumer choice!

Brewers’ feud is a friendly competition amongst 6 local Portland Brewers and 4 wide-ranging Portland industry personas; hosted by Migration and Amnesia Brewing. Brewers’ Feud will throw a Portland twist to the classic game show: Family Feud. This event is sure to be a highlight amongst the many events taking place during Oregon Craft Beer Month. Not only will there be an abundance of laughs, this will also provide a great opportunity to heckle a variety of local brewers in one location. Questionnaires will be compiled from beer drinking patrons of Amnesia and Migration Brewing providing wide- ranging classic responses only Portland’s beer culture could conjure up.

8)  Oregon Craft Beer Month - All month long in July at Various Locations in Portland.
Visit for more info and events.

9) JAW Playwright's Festival - continues July 21-24
128 NW Eleventh Avenue Portland, Oregon 97209
JAW: A Playwrights Festival is Portland Center Stage’s developmental festival of new work for the stage. For two crazy weeks in July, JAW: A Playwrights Festival takes over the Armory, inside and out. And as always, we’ll present spanking new works in progress that will explode your expectations of what live performance can do. ***NEW THIS YEAR!!*** All Big Weekend readings are free, but reservations are required. Reservations can be made by calling 503-445-3700, or in person at the box office of the Gerding Theater at the Armory at 128 NW 11th Ave. ***NOTE: Any unclaimed JAW tickets will be released 15 minutes prior to each reading to Standby Patrons.***

JAW: As Epic as it Sounds. from Portland Center Stage on Vimeo.

10)  Columbia Gorge Bluegrass Festival - July 21-24, Skamania County Fairgrounds, Stevenson Washington

The Portland Photo of the Week

The Portland Photo of the Week winner this week is by Michael Barton.  Nice shot of the lovely St. John's Bridge!

St Johns Bridges Portland Oregon by Michael Barton

Our Portland Photo of the Week winner gets a gift certificate to a local Portland business of our choosing.  Michael will get a $20 gift certificate to local business, Powells Books.  

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

Here are the featured Portland events this week focusing on events happening this weekend or those just around the corner!  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.

Puckerfest 5

July 18, 2011 to July 24, 2011Belmont Station 4500 SE Stark St Portland, OR 97215 Puckerfest 5 [@ Belmont Station 4500 SE Stark St Portland, OR 97215] Now in it's fifth year, Puckerfest has grown to become one of the most popular little festivals in July. Appropriately sandwiched Organized by Puckerfest | Type: beer

"Simply Magic: The Monotypes of Walter Kuhlman"

July 21, 2011 at 5pm to September 2, 2011 at 5pm – Montgomery Klash Interior Design Studio Selected monotypes by Walter Kuhlman, a historically important San Francisco painter and printmaker, will be shown at Montgomery Klash Interior Design. The exhibit opens with a reception on July 21, Organized by Kim Flanagan | Type: art, exhibit

Behind the Shoji Art Show and Sale at the Portland Japanese Garden

July 23, 2011 to September 5, 2011Portland Japanese Garden Join us for the Garden’s annual art show and sale. This year’s Behind the Shoji Art Show and Sale will feature a collection of handmade items including pottery, glass, jewelry, wood carvings, textile Organized by Portland Japanese Garden | Type: art, show, and, sale

Division Clinton Street Fair

July 23, 2011 all day – Clinton Street July 23rd Mark your calendars and join us to celebrate Division Clinton’s 25th birthday, to check out bargains at the Richmond Neighborhood sale, and to enjoy the 19th annual street fair.   July 23r Organized by Division Clinton Street Fair | Type: division clinton street fair

19th Annual Portland Antique & Classic Boat Show

July 23, 2011 from 10am to 5pm – Jantzen Bay Marina, Hayden Is. Portland, OR 972i7 The Antique & Classic Boat Society Columbia Willamette Chapter is putting on this wooden boat show to present to the public an outstanding group of restored wooden runabouts and cruisers and to g Organized by David S Wisdom | Type: outdoor, exhibit, family, free

3rd Annual E. Portland Expo

July 23, 2011 at 11am to July 24, 2011 at 4pm – Ed Benedict Park Providing free blood lead screenings and healthy homes outreach! Organized by Alison Sheldon | Type: health, fair

Dairyville Family Fun

July 24, 2011 at 1pm to August 31, 2011 at 4pm – Alpenrose Dairy Alpenrose Dairy, Oregon's oldest family-owned dairy, is re-opening Dairyville once again for all to come and experience. This is a Portland tradition that has been enjoyed by many kids and adults ali Organized by Tara G | Type: family

Portland Sunday Parkways Downtown Northwest

July 24, 2011 from 6pm to 7pm – "Downtown" July 24 11 am - 4 pm  Portland Sunday Parkways - Northwest Downtown   A 2-way route of city streets open to walk, bike, roll, run, jump, and skip - without having to watch out for cars! The 6.4-mile Organized by Portland Sunday Parkways | Type: portland sunday parkways

Los Lobos with Los Lonely Boys

July 24, 2011 from 7pm to 10pm – Oregon Zoo Magic sounds, Passionate performances and an endearing sense of family. Performing Sunday, July 24, 7pm Tickets on sale now at the Oregon Zoo, Ticket master and the Aladdin Theater box office Organized by Oregon Zoo | Type: concert

Matisyahu with Tea Leaf Green

July 28, 2011 from 7pm to 10pm – Oregon Zoo Matisyahu sings Reggae songs about his religious devotion. SanFrancisco's Tea Leaf Green embody rock's playfully outlaw songs. Performing Thursday July 28, 7pm Tickets on sale now at the Oregon Zoo, Organized by Oregon Zoo | Type: concert

Top Down: Rooftop Cinema: FEMALE

July 28, 2011 from 8pm to 11pm – Hotel deLuxe The Northwest Film Center invites you to enjoy cinema under the stars at the annual Top Down summer rooftop film series.  Top Down takes place atop the parking garage at the Hotel deLuxe every Thursd Organized by Northwest Film Center | Type: film, screening

Zombie Stock 2011

July 29, 2011 to July 31, 2011Carlton Oregon Join us in Carlton Oregon this July and come as a Survivor or Zombie. Do a bit of camping, enjoy zombie movies at night, meet with other fans of this genre. Enjoy a bite from a selection of food and Organized by James Gunn | Type: survival/, horror, event


July 29, 2011 to July 31, 2011St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church GLENDI GREEK FESTIVAL: ‘Glendi’ is Greek for Celebration!  Eat, Dance, be GREEK for a day!  Free Live Entertainment and Free Admission.  Get ready to experience mouth watering food from Greece and ar Organized by Glendi | Type: festival

Chris Isaak

July 29, 2011 from 7pm to 10pm – Oregon Zoo With the ability to croon ballads and dig deep to sing infectious rock'n'roll Chris Issak will be charming us at the Zoo. Performing Friday July 29, 7pm. Tickets are $39. On sale now at the Oregon Zo Organized by Oregon Zoo | Type: concert

Heritage Home Tour

July 30, 2011 from 10am to 4pm – Portland Area Join us for the second annual tour of some of Portland’s finest historic houses. The five magnificent homes offered on this tour span five decades of residential construction in Portland and represen Organized by Architectural Heritage Center | Type: home, tour

Seaport Celebration Presented by Gunderson

July 30, 2011 from 10am to 4pm – Terminal 2 Come join in the fun at THE most family-friendly, fun-filled day of adventure on the river this summer! Seaport Celebration, presented by Gunderson, will take you inside the fences of an active marin Organized by Brooke Berglund | Type: family, friendly, event

Brandi Carlile with Ivan & Alyosha

July 30, 2011 from 7pm to 10pm – Oregon Zoo Indie Singer Songwriter Brandi Carlile with band set out to deliver a fabulous and ever-changing rock show that has captivated audiences all over the world. Saturday, July 30, 7pm Tickets on sale now Organized by Oregon Zoo | Type: concert

 Mt Tabor Neighborhood - Portland Real Estate Market Report

by Ross Seligman 

This is a lovely area of Portland with many nice older homes tucked into quiet neighborhood streets. Climb the hill up Mount Tabor and you'll have some stunning views with beautiful scenery and the Portland skyline off in the distance.  To learn more, click here!

Are you keeping an eye on Mt. Tabor 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 Mt. 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 the Mt. Tabor 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 Mt. Tabor neighborhood from 04/10 to 06/11:

In June 2011, there were 19 closed sales, 21 pending sales, and 63 homes on the market in the Mt. Tabor Neighborhood.

One year change from June 2010 to June 2011:

Inventory (how many homes on the market for sale): Up 21.2%
Homes sold: Down 9.5%
Homes pending sale: Up 110%


Chart for average price per square footage:

In the past 15 months, the average price per square footage in the Mt. Tabor neighborhood has been between $132 and $166/sq. ft. In June 2011, the average price per square foot in the Mt. Tabor neighborhood was $151.

One year change from June 2010 to June 2011:

Change in Price Per Square Foot:
June 2010: 152

June 2011: 151

Percentage Change: Down 1.4%

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 June 2011, the average time on market for a home in the Mt. Tabor neighborhood was 37 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 June 2011, sellers in Mt. Tabor received, on average, 98% of their original listing price.

More stats for you:

Change from June 2010 to June 2011:

Time on Market: Down 5.1%
Sold/List price % difference: Up 2%

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 June  2011, the average price of a house on the market in Mt. Tabor was $416,000. The average sale was $405,000.

More stats over one year:

Average active price: Down 0.7%
Average sold price:  Up 0.7%

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.  June 2011 in the Mt. Tabor neighborhood was a balanced market leaning in the seller's favor with 3.3 months of inventory.

By the way, this does NOT mean that it will take 3.3 months for your home to sell. That figure was, on average in June, 37 days.  Inventory is a figure that means that, if not another home were to come on the market in Mt. Tabor from this point forward, in 3.3 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 real estate and homes for sale from the RMLS, including school and neighborhood reports at :

Best Deals in Portland

Each week, we highlight two of the best Portland real estate deals on sale in Portland.  View Ross's full weekly list of Portland Real Estate Deals, here.

1. 2769 SW BUENA VISTA DR Portland, OR 97201 - Portland Heights - $1,250,000


See the full listing here!

5. 6705 N KERBY AVE Portland, OR 97217 - Piedmont - $249,900


See the full listing here!

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