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
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 dark...cloud cover
like a blanket and zero sun for months dark...Mmmmyeah. It just makes you
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
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
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
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.
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.
Tin Shed (outdoor patio)
1438 NE Alberta St., 288-6966 Movie
Employee picks movie night. Typical films: The Adventures of Buckaroo
Banzai, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, Down by Law
3901 N Williams Ave, 503-282-6539 Movie/events
Typical films: Singles, Reality Bites, Ghostbusters, Cleopatra
Alberta St. Pub
1036 NE Alberta St. Movie schedule (check for
Typical films: Empire Strikes Back, Office Space, Hedwig and the Angry
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
Red & Black Cafe (vegan)
400 SE 12th Ave., 231-3899
Anti-imperialist film screenings. Typical films: Religulous, Bicycle Thief,
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,
4115 N Mississipi Ave
Sundays, 8pm (following trivia games @ 6)
East Burn: double-feature movie night (downstairs)
1800 E. Burnside, 236-2876
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)
Probably the coolest arcade on the planet. Yes, really. Ground
Kontrol is located in
Portland and has the best selection of pinball this girl has ever seen!
Learn more about this fine arcade
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!
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
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.
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
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 (www.beardteamusa.org), this event is hosted by Stumptown Stash and
Beard Collective (www.stumptownsbc.com) and PDXYar (www.pdxyar.org).
On Sunday, September 19th come help Portland reclaim our GUINNESS WORLD RECORD™
(www.guinnessbook.com) 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.
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
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
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.
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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 http://www.propertiesofportland.com.
If you are looking for homes in Rose City Park, visit this link where you
can search for homes by particular neighborhood: Click
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
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of October (perhaps earlier, perhaps later, I really don't know!) but I want to
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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!
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