Portland Blog: This Week in Portland August 4 - August 11 2012
Hey Portland! Cheers to another weekend and another edition of this all-local Portland blog. Last month I told you about Portland movies in the park (free, awesome, fun!) and this weekend, I bring you...music in the parks! Last Sunday afternoon, a friend told me she was going to the symphony that evening...in the park! Just another awesome benefit of living in such a progressive and talented city. The musical events rotate through different parks and are totally free. Mark your calendars, grab a blankie and head out to enjoy!
Portland Music in the Park - Symphony Summer Schedule for 2012
**Waterfront Concert - Thursday, August 30, 2012 @ Tom McCall
If the symphony isn't your thing, no fear! We have found a list of all Portland parks offering different (free) music events. Check out the full Portland Parks Summer Music Schedule. Enjoy!
Powell's Bookstore Picks
The Portland Photo of the Week
The Portland Photo of the Week is by local Portlander, Michael Barton, who shows us all how to cool off on a hot Portland day. This fountain is flocked by locals and tourists alike and is a well-known landmark in downtown Portland.
Our Portland Photo of the Week winner gets a $20 gift certificate to a local Portland business of our choosing. This week our winner is treated to Olympic Provisions: one of our favorite brunch spots in all of Portland.
Olympic Provisions is home to Oregon’s first
USDA-approved salumeria, established in 2009. With two locations in
beautiful Portland, Oregon, both Olympic Provisions operate as
European-style restaurants, bustling neighborhood delis, and onsite
On Your Market
Written by PortlandNeighborhood Guest Writer, Rob Creighton Garrison
I challenge anyone who possesses funds (or bartering-slash-social engineering skills) to come away from Portland Saturday Market empty-handed.
I'd say that there are wares available for anyone who has socially acceptable fetishes. For crafty folk both vending and purchasing, this is a sort of bazaar (and sometimes bizarre) Nirvana of art, jewelry, weavings, metalwork, glassware, clothing, leather goods (just follow the red paint splashes --C'mon, I KID!), collector kitch, and food.
FOOD. Elephant ears. Gah. Think frybread mugged by sugar-plum faeries. Also lots of Asian nomz. And Greek. And Mexican! WINE! And coffee (duh). Given enough time and disposable income, one could eat oneself into a coma without chewing the same food item twice.
There's music too, on the main stage and the periphery, and you might even observe a strolling minstrel in the throng. I bought a CD of Andean music from a band who performed at the market a few years ago. I still play it.
The people-watching is some of the best in town. I've seen belly-dancers. I've applauded jugglers. I've avoided giving change to that same “floutist” who “plays” his flute at Pioneer Courthouse Square. I've bumped into Klingons (they were nicer about it than I expected, actually, considering my clumsiness caused one of them to poke a hole in his drink cup with his bat'leth). Pirates and zombies (ALWAYS with the pirates and zombies in this town!), and all manner of circus-y types.
I once visited the market when the Rainbow folks were coming through; it was like stepping on a land-mine packed with patchouli and Woodstock memorabilia.
Note: You have to like people. As in practically swapping clothes while still in them. It's crazy busy much of the time, and for many of the vendors, talking and making change is an aerobic activity. I don't know how they do it, honestly, being pinned in a stall tending to the desires of a veritable sea of humankind, but then this is why I don't work retail anymore (the missus has the gift of persuasion, whereas I buy a lot better than I sell).
A cool aspect of Saturday (and Sunday, by the way) Market is that it's located in Tom McCall Waterfront Park, so when you've had your fill and/or run out of money, you can enjoy a stroll or some Frisbee. Or you can cross Naito Parkway and venture into Old Town/Chinatown.
Ooh! There's a topic for another day!
Read and comment on the original post here. Like this article? Check back weekly to see what Rob's up to.
Cooling off at the Ira Keller Fountain in downtown PDX by Michael Barton
Featured Portland Events this Week
Here's the latest roundup of our featured Portland events for you to enjoy! Mark your calendars and feel free to add your own!
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The Roseway Neighborhood Real Estate Market Report
By Ross and Leah Seligman
Roseway is located in Northeast Portland. It is bordered by the Rose City Park, Beaumont-Wilshire, Cully, Sumner, and Madison South neighborhoods. To learn more about , Roseway click here.
Homes sold: Down 2.6%
Homes pending sale: Up 38.6%
Chart for average price per square footage:
change from June 2011 to June 2012:
Percentage Change: Up 11.6%
In my monthly Portland real estate report, I always talk about how each individual neighborhood is a micro-market. 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.
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 Roseway 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.
Visit our website where you can contact us and search all Portland Metro Area homes for sale from the RMLS in Portland, OR, including school and neighborhood reports: http://www.propertiesofportland.com
Best Deals in Portland this Week
Each week Ross and Leah share some great Portland real estate listings for us to drool over. Enjoy!
Visit Ross and Leah's website where you can search all Portland metro area homes for sale and real estate from the RMLS, including neighborhood and school information.
Did you know there are nearly 100 unique Portland neighborhoods? Read and learn all about these interesting urban communities.
The Ira Keller Fountain by Michael Barton
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