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Portland Blog: This Week in Portland September 11 - September 18 2010

Yep. Its fall. Or winter...Not sure which yet but its most definitely no longer summer despite the fact there are supposed to be two weeks of summer left. It is sweater-weather. Boot-weather. Whiskey weather. Coffee drinking weather...Football weather! 

Rumor has it, we broke a record this week for record rain fall in one hour. Oh- and apparently this was the coldest Portland summer in 17 years. Ok...yeah, June was ridiculous. June-u-ary, indeed. Lets hope for a sunnier September so the entire city doesn't require Prozac next month come rainy season.

Sensing doom and gloom? Nah!  Its just what it is. Sometimes we get random hate mail from people who tell us that we glorify Portland too much and make it seem awesome so people want to move here. That's odd to us since we certainly don't have any incentive to make anyone move here or want to move here. We do love this super rad city for a million reasons  - but she has her dark sides, too. Literally dark. Ya know, 4pm in October cover like a blanket and zero sun for months dark...Mmmmyeah. It just makes you tougher. Right...?


The Portland Photo of the Week

Our Portland Photo of the Week is Loch Eileen by aquaticsquirrel. Loch Eileen is a beautiful hike around the Larch Lake area in Washington. Learn more here.

Our weekly Portland photo winner gets a $20 gift certificate to a local Portland business of our choosing. aquaticsquirrel will receive a $20 gift cert to one of our local favorites, Screen Door. Yum!  Screen Door was born in Portland out of the Katrina disaster. Having been forced to leave the New Orleans area, they came to Portland and opened up an amazing southern kitchen right here. The fried chicken is to die for. LOVE this place and love the people who labor to make it so awesome.

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.  Our focus this week is FREE. 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.

Free Admission to Portland Art Museum

On the 4th Friday of every month, something special happens...Portland Art Museum offers free admission on the fourth Friday of every month from 5-8 p.m.

Learn more about this Portland event

Free Movie Nights

Nothing beats watching a movie with all the cozies of home beer, wine, nibblin's...Here are some of the places in PDX where you can enjoy some good stuff while kickin' back and watching a flick.

Mondays, 7:30
Tin Shed (outdoor patio)
1438 NE Alberta St., 288-6966
Movie schedule
Employee picks movie night. Typical films: The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, Down by Law

Mondays, 8:30
3901 N Williams Ave, 503-282-6539
Movie/events schedule
Typical films: Singles, Reality Bites, Ghostbusters, Cleopatra

Mondays, 9
Alberta St. Pub
1036 NE Alberta St.
Movie schedule (check for drink specials)
Typical films: Empire Strikes Back, Office Space, Hedwig and the Angry Inch,Yojimbo

Tuesdays, 8
Tin Shed (outdoor patio; note different schedule/time on Tues.) – documentary night
Movie schedule
1438 NE Alberta St., 288-6966
Typical films: Encounters at the End of the World, Okie Noodling, How to Draw a Bunny

Tuesdays, 7pm
Red & Black Cafe (vegan)
400 SE 12th Ave., 231-3899
Anti-imperialist film screenings. Typical films: Religulous, Bicycle Thief, Milk
note: small space/limited seating

1st Wednesdays, 7:30
Mother’s /Velvet lounge
212 SW Stark St., 464-1122
Typical films: What Ever Happened to Baby Jane, Odds Against Tomorrow

1st and 3rd Wednesdays, 7:30
Vinideus (wine bar)
4759 NE Fremont St., 284-2795
Typical films: The Lovers on the Bridge, A Secret, Man on the Train

3rd Thursdays, 7
Red & Black cafe (see above/Tuesdays)

3rd Saturdays, 7
Youth Movie Night (specifically for young queer and queer-allied people, ages 17-23)
4115 N Mississipi Ave

Sundays, 8pm (following trivia games @ 6)
East Burn: double-feature movie night (downstairs)
1800 E. Burnside, 236-2876

Sundays, 9pm
The Press Club (wine bar)
2621 SE Clinton St., 233-5656
Typical films: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Swingers

Sundays, 10 pm
Jolly Roger (1340 SE 12th Ave, 503-232-8060)

Learn more about Free Movie Nights in Portland


Last Wednesday at Ground Kontrol

Probably the coolest arcade on the planet. Yes, really. Ground Kontrol is located in Downtown Portland and has the best selection of pinball this girl has ever seen!  Learn more about this fine arcade here.

So, here's the dealio: pay a $5 cover and play all the games you want for FREE all night long. They supply a DJ and you buy the booze. Its perfect. Last Wednesday of 'erry month. See you there!

Learn more about Last Wednesday at Ground Kontrol


PICA: Time Based Art Festival

PICA's annual Time-Based Art Festival (TBA) draws artists from across the country and around the globe for a convergence of contemporary performance, dance, music, new media, and visual arts projects in Portland, Oregon. Entering its eighth year, the TBA Festival is presented September 9-19, 2010, with visual art installations running through October 17th. TBA celebrates artists from across and in-between all mediums, and activates the entire community with art and ideas.

Learn more about the PICA: Time Based Art Festival

musicfestNW 2010

MFNW is entering its tenth year as Portland, Oregon's largest and most successful music festival. Willamette Week teams up with music professionals from the local, regional and national music scene to curate a multi-venue festival with bands from indie, hip hop and punk backgrounds. Sept 8-12

View this Portland Event: musicfestNW


Portland Pirate Festival

Under the bridge in St Johns, you'll find a passel of pirates and they wanna be friends. Kind of.

AHOY Land-lubbers! Climb aboard as the 5th Annual Portland PIRATE Festival sets sail for two exciting days of piratical fun and family adventure under the historic St. John’s Bridge in Cathedral Park. This year, the festival has rigged a whole fleet of new performers and attractions to celebrate the 5th anniversary.

Privateer Scavenger Hunts for all ages, with treasure to be found, will take place both days of the festival and are brand new this year!

On Saturday, September 18th enter the 1st Stumptown Beard & Mustache Competition. Watch on as competitors display the fanciest facial hair in the Northwest and vie for prizes and titles in six categories. Sanctioned by Beard Team USA (, this event is hosted by Stumptown Stash and Beard Collective ( and PDXYar (

On Sunday, September 19th come help Portland reclaim our GUINNESS WORLD RECORD™ ( for “THE LARGEST GATHERING of PIRATES”. We set the record with 1,670 pirates at the 2009 festival on Sunday, September 20th. Now the Brits in Hastings, UK have claimed the record with 6,166 at an event held on Aug 6th, 2010. In the words of the PPF organizers, “This means pirate war!” The new record attempt will occur on Talk-Like-a-Pirate Day and will be hosted by Cap’n Slappy; world famous co-creator of this international pirate holiday.

For the kids, this year’s lineup includes the giant strolling puppets of Seattle’s Zambini Brothers, Let’s Pretend’s interactive high energy children’s theater, Dragon Theater Puppet Shows, Pirate Sea Battle strategy game by PDXYar, swordplay, scavenger hunts and interactive games with The Pirates of Puget Sound, a pandemonium of colorful parrots and giant inflatable rides on Scupper Monkey Island where every kid gets a free balloon and airbrush tattoo.

History comes alive as Oberon’s Three Penny Tavern serves old world mead, cider and Oregon’s own Ninkasi brews, complete with tavern wenches & pub sings, B.O.O.M. Pirates and the King’s Navy recreate cannon and sword battles on the beach, Academia Duellatoria demonstrates and teaches traditional sword play and Jim Rich, Pirates of the Caribbean Blacksmith and other historians provide insights on the piratical past.

Three stages will feature two full days of Music at this year’s Portland Pirate Festival including Portland’s own Bilgerats &Pyrettes, Chervona, Chata Addy. Lost Highwaymen, Sam Bam Boo and Bellissimonde. New musical acts are the Dreadnoughts, Tom Lewis, Pirates Charles and kindie favorite Eric Herman.

Learn more about Portland Pirate Festival


Portland: Fact or Fiction?

Portland Coffee Snobs, Beer and Wine Enthusiasts

The west coast is the center stage for what is known as third wave specialty coffee. With respect to Seattle and San Francisco, Portland could be considered the premier city in showcasing some of the best coffees in the world. You read that right--the world. As such, we have hundreds of coffee shops here in Portland. You can drink a cup of coffee at one shop and watch another one open across the street. Well, not quite but very close. But in terms of amazing quality, the kind of quality that is revered and has a massive underground, cult-following--well, we are home to some American coffee icons; those who are globally famous for either roasting their own amazing blend or making the best damn cup of coffee ever. It is not uncommon to read about our very own Portland coffee scene in the New York Times. People outside of Portland often seem surprised that coffee is such a way of life here. Well, it is. You too will more than likely become enchanted by our coffee culture.

Oh and Portland Beer?

Oh boy. That's a website all unto itself. We are hands down world-famous for our microbrews and also home to the Oregon Brewers Festival which is internationally famous and well, you know- not a big deal really, but is, uh, the largest beer festival in North America. We're unsure as to who is more insanely dedicated- the beer enthusiast or the coffee enthusiast. We're just lucky one is served in the morning and another is served, eh, later in the day (imagine the brawls, will ya?).  Learn more about our famous breweries.

And Last but Certainly not Least, Oregon Wine.

It may come as a surprise to you to discover that Oregon is globally famous for our wines. Oregon boasts over 300 wineries and 500 vineyards across the state. A day trip to wine country is exquisite and beautiful and quite simply cannot be missed.

Read more on our Moving to Portland page, complete with places to see, locals guides and neighborhood profiles.

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Rose City Park Neighborhood Real Estate Report

By Ross Seligman

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 Rose City Park 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 Rose City Park, 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.

Here is the overall chart of inventory, sold, and pending for the Rose City Park neighborhood from 5/09 to 7/10:


In Rose City Park, closed and pending sales have remained strong throughout 2010.  Inventory has been rising steadily.  In July 2010, the Rose Park City Neighborhood had 28 closed sales, 32 pending, and 142 on the market.

One year change from July 2009 to July 2010:

Inventory (how many homes on the market for sale): Up 7.6%
Homes sold: Down 22.2%
Homes pending sale: Down 27.3%

Chart for average price per square footage:



In the past 15 months, the average price per square footage in the Rose City Park neighborhood has been between $137 and $161/sq. ft. In July 2010, the average price per square foot in the Rose City Park neighborhood was $157.  

One year change from July 2009 to July 2010:

Change in Price Per Square Foot:
July 2009: 154
July 2010: 157
Percentage Change: Up 2.2%

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 July 2010, the average time on market for a home in the Rose City Park neighborhood was 40 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 pressure on prices.  In July 2010, sellers in Rose City Park received, on average, 96% of their original listing price.

Change from July 2009 to July 2010:

Time on Market: Down 9.1%
Sold/List price% difference: No Change

Average price for sale vs. average price of sold:


Read the rest of this article by Portland Realtor and Ecobroker, Ross Seligman.


Best Real Estate Deals in Portland

Every week, Ross shares with us a selection of the best real estate deals in Portland.  Check out the full list of best deals.

Portland Oregon Homes

5520 NE 22ND AVE Portland, OR 97211 $384,900 - Alberta Arts Neighborhood

See the listing here:

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Chits and Chats heard on PortlandNeighborhood

Hello all,As the title says, I'm hoping to move to Portland by the beginning of October (perhaps earlier, perhaps later, I really don't know!) but I want to learn more about the city and its people b…Moving to Portland from Philadelphia

We are in pre-production on several series and inviting local PDX peeps to get involved. Community TV with a twist! f you want to learn about digital media, are interested in auditioning as a host, hosting your own series, or just hanging out with the tech staff on a shoot, then come join us as we set out to show off the very best of the Columbia Zone area!  Zone TV

My wife and I are planning to move to the Portland area next spring. We've begun some of the preparations but there's one very specific type of help I'm interested in. I've been working for several years as a server (as well as some bartending) in a locally owned booming restaurant business in Lexington, KY. I get the feeling from some posts that job hunting in Portland is significantly more difficult than where I currently live...Looking for contacts

Bee loving the Solidago flowers

Look closely at this...Double decker bike!  Spotted in NoPo over by Wonder Ballroom.


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