Hello Portlanders! Here is the latest edition of our weekly
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
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.
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!"
Mark McClure, Portland Walking Group)
Toes Express Walk in Portland - Photo by Mark McClure
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
THE BIG FLOAT is open to all ages ($5 suggested donation per floater).
It promises to be a magnificent, river city spectacle – or at
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
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
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
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
swimming and other recreational uses”.
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
of new Woodlawn photos to the site. If you have photos or
information about Woodlawn to share, upload your images to the Woodlawn
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
description of our Woodlawn neighborhood profile. About
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:
Street Painting Project
What happens when a community comes together to repair an intersection
in Portland? A Portland street painting mural, of course.
this great time lapse video (from YouTube). If you can help
with a small
donation to this project, it would be much appreciated!
They accept cash or checks (which can be made out to
Tracy). If you'd like a tax receipt for your donation, you can make
your checks out to
Repair Project. Drop donations off to 6313 NE 8th Ave.
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
Special Guests present their favorite skate video parts of all time
No Age score the lost Dogtown-era tapes
Curated by Chris Johanson and Patrick O’Dell
Tickets are only $7 each night and include a free Chris Johanson
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 Website
Saucebox Portland - Curated Music Video night, "Reel Music".
7/29/2011, Dandy Warhols At Saucebox, 214 SW
Broadway, 10pm, 21+
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. http://hawthornefashionshow.wordpress.com
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
Oregon Craft Beer Month - All
month long in July at Various Locations in Portland.
for more info and events.
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.*** Website
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.
23, 2011 all day – Clinton
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.
by Division Clinton Street Fair | Type: division
clinton street fair
24, 2011 at 1pm to August
31, 2011 at 4pm – 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
G | Type: family
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
24, 2011 from 7pm to 10pm
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 officeOrganized by
Oregon Zoo |
28, 2011 from 7pm to 10pm
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
28, 2011 from 8pm to 11pm
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
by Northwest Film Center | Type: film,
29, 2011 from 7pm to 10pm
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
30, 2011 from 10am to 4pm
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
Berglund | Type: family,
30, 2011 from 7pm to 10pm
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
Neighborhood - Portland
Real Estate Market
by Ross Seligman
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 http://www.propertiesofportland.com.
If you are looking for homes in the Mt. Tabor neighborhood, visit this
link where you can search for homes by particular
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%
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.
year change fromJune2010
Change in Price Per Square Foot:
June 2010: 152
June 2011: 151
Percentage Change: Down
Days on Market, Sold/List
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.
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
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
the market in Mt. Tabor was $416,000. The average sale was
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
supply and demand. June 2011 in the Mt. Tabor
was a balanced market leaning in the seller's favor with 3.3 months of
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
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
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 : http://www.propertiesofportland.com
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.
SW BUENA VISTA DR Portland, OR 97201 -
Portland Heights - $1,250,000
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