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Portland Blog: This Week in Portland November 3, 2012

This week's friendly reminders:  VOTE! VOTE! VOTE! VOTE! VOTE!  Don't forget to cast your ballots.
Also, don't forget to turn your clocks back 1 hour this weekend, thanks to Daylight Savings Time.  Ugh.

PDX Green Drinks - Election Night

Enjoy watching the 2012 Election Returns with your buddies at Green Drinks while sipping beer and wine.

We won't have a speaker this month, but we'll have streaming election results and a chance to celebrate, bite nails or cry together.

We only have the room until 8:45, so if things aren't settled, we'll have a chance to move on to a nearby bar. And if they are settled, then we can hit all the best parties!

Food / Drinks: Hot Lips will be selling beer and wine upstairs. You'll still need to go downstairs for any food but are welcome to bring it upstairs.

Donation: We ask that you donate $5 to help us cover our costs.

Portland Mercury Election Night at Doug Fir



Here's the low down on the fine print: Don't miss the Mercury Election Night Wing-a-Ding (PARTY), where the following may very well happen: 







Date: Tuesday, November 6

Portland By Cycle Autumn Rides: Let's See Sellwood


Location: Col. Summers Park, SE 17th & Taylor
Starts Saturday, November 3 2012 @ 10:00 AM Ends 12:30 PM
Length: 11 miles
Host: Timothy R Forsberg

We'll travel a little farther than usual to see this unique corner of the city.

Visit City of Portland Website for Additional Information

Portland Japanese Garden

This is my favorite time of the year to visit the Portland Japanese Garden!  The gorgeous autumn colors will be alive on the Japanese Maple trees, the green moss is lush and damp, and the air smells so fresh.  If you need to recharge your spirit, head over to Portland's beloved Japanese Garden this week.  


Bamboo Art: Meditation and Transformation
November 2–25, 2012
Pavilion Gallery
Included with Garden Admission

In “Bamboo Art: Meditation and Transformation” three artists—Charissa Brock, Anne Crumpacker, and Jiro Yonezawa—whose medium is bamboo assemble a collection of works focused on the art and craft of working with bamboo as a life-affirming process for both the artist and the viewer.

The Portland Photo of the Week

The Portland Photo of the Week is by  Gerry Villani for this gorgeous waterfall scenery. He posted a whole series of waterfall images on the site this week, so go take a look.   

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 Powells Books, the largest indie bookstore in the world! 

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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! 


PDX Noir

Written by PortlandNeighborhood Guest Writer, Rob Creighton Garrison

The tendrils of fog are trying to embrace the night like a circus midget trying to climb the bearded lady.  The brim of my fedora is a muffled snare drum for the pattering rain.  It's after dark in Portland, Oregon, and I'm wandering the streets breathing in the damp, dark air of a city that wears this weather like a cloak bought at a second-hand shop on Hawthorne that received it from an SCA member down on his luck.  My shoes create eddies and tides on the sidewalk.

What am I doing out on a night like this?  What is this need I have to walk the streets while others huddle in hemp caftans behind their herbal teas indoors?  I'm glad you asked.  The name's Garrison.  I write a blog.

This town, this often gray and blustery temptress, is my home.  I came to her to escape the heat of southern climes and she welcomed me with her saucy skirt of bright leaves and the cool nearness of her ominous hovering skies.  I was smitten in a heartbeat and vowed never to leave her, and I only once broke that promise.  She forgave me my sudden desire for strange country, took me back without complaint.

Don't get me wrong, she's no pushover; she has a way of caressing you awake with sunny smiles only to punish with stormy tears on the way to the car.  She'll convince you to take to the autumn streets on two wheels and then carpet your way with slippery leaves so you won't be bored.  Every once in awhile her trees gleam frosty silver just before crashing to the ground, or a hilltop mansion sleds through the neighborhood on a whim.  Expect the unexpected and you'll get it.

As I walk the sidewalks of this city through the chill and the wet, I hear music from the bars and pubs and taverns as I pass; blues here, jazz here, the murmer of a poetry reading, the mumble and sputter of political discourse, the clack and curse of billiards.  Groups of the hardy huddle under the awnings of food carts, talk through mouthfuls of burrito or spring roll or meatball, nodding their understanding of each others' chewful observations.  Everywhere bicycles lace through traffic, some brightly lit while others prefer to mimic the shadows of alleyways.

Here and there are umbrellas, the new citizens hesitant in their steps and in their acceptance of how we are, leery of the necessary baptism.  Some decide they can't get away fast enough.  Ah well.  It's a plenty big nation and a plenty big world, all sorts of places for all sorts of people.

You think I'm just talking about one part of town here?  Don't you believe it.  This is Ash Street, but it's also Belmont, Hawthorne, Broadway, Killingsworth.  Portlanders are the same everywhere in the city in the way that they're different.  The only dress code is sleeves full of opinions.  Toss a comment out on any topic at any street corner in town, it's like tossing a bomb of verbosity, inviting a chain reaction of point and counterpoint.  This place was born from debate, and you can hear it in every teahouse, coffee shop, barber emporium, and park bench.  It's the call-and-response of a city that practically invented the freak flag.  Even the hipsters change beer preferences once in awhile, to stay elastic.

I'm gonna pause under this street lamp a minute, tilt my face up to the rain, wish I had a cigarette to go with this hat even though I know it's stupid as Hell (the cigarette wanting, not the hat, my hat is cool).  Around me the city lights limn the outlines of architecture and of people abroad on their errands in this misty mystery of night.  Time to make my way home, have a bite, sit at my desk to massage the pixels once again, finger-chant another Portland lullabye.  I'll be seeing you again, though.  People like us, like you and me, we can't help ourselves.  We go where a sidewalk takes us.

Featured Portland Events this Week

Each week, we feature a handful of member-added events to the blog.  You can always add your own Portland events directly to the Portland events calendar.  Visit 

"The Body of an American" at Portland Center Stage

October 2, 2012 at 7:30pm to November 11, 2012 at 7:30pm – Gerding Theater at the Armory War reporter Paul Watson has witnessed some of the most devastating scenes in modern history. As the ghosts of the tragedies he's recorded bear down on him, he crosses paths with playwright Dan O'Bri Organized by Portland Center Stage | Type: play, performing arts, theater

Flesh & Bone: Photography and the Body

October 5, 2012 at 10am to January 6, 2013 at 5pm – Portland Art Museum Capturing the movement and grace of the human body through photography has long been a source of struggle and inspiration. As a compliment to The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greece, the Portland Art Mu Organized by Henry Moreno | Type: exhibition

The Black Lizard

October 5, 2012 at 8pm to November 4, 2012 at 5pm – Imago Theatre Imago’s production of Yukio Mishima’s The Black Lizard returns this season. It has been hailed by critics as being a rare gem, striking, fabulous, hilarious, mesmerizing, a dazzling production. It’s Organized by Imago Theatre | Type: theatre

Body Beautiful

October 6, 2012 at 10am to January 6, 2013 at 5pm – Portland Art Museum Mark your calendars now and don’t miss this rare opportunity to experience The Body Beautiful through this visually engaging exhibition from the renowned British Museum. The Body Beautiful explores t Organized by Henry Moreno | Type: art/exhibit

Seven Guitars

October 9, 2012 at 7:30pm to November 11, 2012 at 2pm – Artists Repertory Theatre Seven Guitars by August Wilson Oct 9 – Nov 11 Is where you are ever where you hoped you’d be? The rhythm of 1948 Pittsburgh comes to life with August Wilson’s seven African American characters whose Organized by Artists Repertory Theatre | Type: theatre

King City Artist's Guild Art Show

October 11, 2012 at 8am to November 9, 2012 at 10pm – Concordia University's George R. White Library & Learning Center Concordia University hosts art show by the King City Artist’s Guild in the university’s George R. White Library & Learning Center through Nov. 9. Organized by Concordia University | Type: art, show

MYTHOLOGIA: Gods, Heroes, and Monsters

October 20, 2012 at 10am to January 27, 2013 at 5pm – Portland Art Museum The lives of ancient Greeks and Romans were profoundly shaped by the myths and stories they told about gods, heroes, monsters, and fantastical creatures. Featuring 70 different works of art by artist Organized by Henry Moreno | Type: exhibition

BloodyVox: Fresh Blood

October 25, 2012 at 7:30pm to November 3, 2012 at 7:30pm – BodyVox Dance Center Join BodyVox on a trip to the  Dark Side as spirits, sprites, demons, vultures, insects, ninjas and one slightly deranged clown return in a fresh update to this new Halloween classic. Featuring world Organized by BodyVox Dance Center | Type: dance

Annual Holiday Food & Craft Festival

November 3, 2012 to November 4, 2012"Oregon Convention Center" The 23nd Annual Holiday Food & Gift Festival returns to Portland November 2, 3 and 4 at the Oregon Convention Center in downtown Portland. This festival is one of the largest holiday celebrations Organized by Holiday Festival | Type: portland holiday event

Literacy Event

November 3, 2012 from 7:30am to 12pm – Concordia University's Hagen Student Center In this engaging and practical session, Literacy Specialist Penny Plavala will review key instructional shifts, share the reading and writing demands of a Common Core classroom, and provide an overvi Organized by Concordia University | Type: education, workshop

Saturday Imbibing Tour

November 3, 2012 from 12pm to 4pm – Portland Breweries - Coalition, Hopworks (HUB), Breakside & Lompoc Side Bar Our Saturday Imbibing tour is a good mix of learning about beer and the brewing process and having a great time. The tour visits four different Portland breweries, but we only get one, very detailed Organized by Brewvana - Portland Brewery Tour | Type: brewery tour

Once Upon a Time Family Theatre

November 3, 2012 from 2pm to 3:30pm – Portland Metro Arts Once Upon a Time Family Theatre Presents Little Red Riding Hood Tickets are Children $1.00/Adults $2.00 Our actors bring classic children's stories to life each month with the help of those who lov Organized by Elizabeth Allen | Type: children's, theatre

Oregon Symphony: Mahler's Sixth Symphony

November 3, 2012 from 7:30pm to 10pm – Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall Well-loved excerpts from Schubert’s Rosamunde set the stage for Mahler’s infrequently-heard Sixth Symphony, the “Tragic.” Carlos Kalmar has conducted nearly all of Mahler’s symphonies in Portland, bu Organized by Oregon Symphony | Type: concert, symphony, orchestra

Family Day: The Body Beautiful

November 4, 2012 from 12pm to 5pm – Portland Art Museum NOVEMBER 4, SUNDAY NOON - 5P.M. Join this lively celebration of the art and culture of Ancient Greece on Free Museum Family Day. Discover myths, monsters, athletes, and games through art-making, stor Organized by Dylan Burnett | Type: free, family, day

Weddings on the Water

November 4, 2012 from 2pm to 4pm – Caruthers Landing Dock Weddings on the Water Showcase A floating wedding trade show Weddings on the Water showcase offers a unique opportunity to experience services and interact with vendors in an intimate venue. You won' Organized by Erin Wissig | Type: wedding, showcase

Concordia Wind Ensemble Fall Concert

November 4, 2012 from 3pm to 4:30pm – Concordia University's Fine Arts Building Join Concordia University’s Wind Ensemble for its free concert in the Fine Arts Building on Concordia University’s campus.  The music will feature selections composed by Aaron Copland, Larry Clark, a Organized by Concordia University | Type: concert

FREE! The WALKING DEAD Rise Again Every Sunday at the Hollywood Theatre!

November 4, 2012 from 7pm to 7pm – The Hollywood Theatre You've heard the rumblings: it's true, Things From Another World is once again sponsoring FREE screenings of AMC's The Walking Dead at the Hollywood Theatre. Join your fellow zombie fans at 7:00 pm e Organized by The Hollywood Theatre | Type: free, screening

Oregon Symphony: Mahler's Sixth Symphony

November 4, 2012 from 7:30pm to 10pm – Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall Well-loved excerpts from Schubert’s Rosamunde set the stage for Mahler’s infrequently-heard Sixth Symphony, the “Tragic.” Carlos Kalmar has conducted nearly all of Mahler’s symphonies in Portland, bu Organized by Oregon Symphony | Type: concert, symphony, orchestra

Getting to Know You(Tube)

November 5, 2012 from 7:30pm to 9pm – The Hollywood Theatre Hosted by Crystal Baxley and Stefan RansomDo you speak the universal language of YouTube?  Join us as we're guided on a spiritual journey by Jason Leivian (Owner, Floating World Comics), Kate Bingama Organized by The Hollywood Theatre | Type: film, experimental, art

B-Movie Bingo: SFX Retaliator

November 6, 2012 from 7:30pm to 9:30pm – The Hollywood Theatre Cross out the squares of cinematic cliches!What happens when you double cross two crime bosses at the same time? Special effects retaliation, of course! In SFX Retaliator, Chris Mitchum (the blonde-h Organized by The Hollywood Theatre | Type: film, game, party

Creston Kenilworth Portland Neighborhood Real Estate Report

Creston Kenilworth Neighborhood Real Estate Market Report 

The Creston-Kenilworth neighborhood is located in Southeast Portland. It is bordered by the Brooklyn, Reed, Woodstock, Richmond, South Tabor, Foster-Powell and Mount Scott neighborhoods.  To learn more about Creston Kenilworth, click here.

If you are looking for homes in the Creston Kenilworth neighborhood, visit this link where you can search for homes by particular neighborhood: Click Here

 On to the report: Here is the overall chart of inventory, sold, and pending for the Creston Kenilworth neighborhood in the last 15 months:

In September 2012, there were 39 closed sales, 44 pending sales, and 111 homes on the market in the Creston Kenilworth Neighborhood.

One year change from September 2011 to September 2012

Inventory (how many homes on the market for sale): Down 24%

Homes sold: Down 15.2%

Homes pending sale: Up 69.2%

Chart for average price per square footage:

In the past 15 months, the average price per square footage in the Creston Kenilworth neighborhood has been between $147 and $186/sq. ft. In September 2012, the average price per square foot in the Creston Kenilworth neighborhood was $167.

One year change from September 2011 to September 2012:

Change in Price Per Square Foot:

Percentage Change: Up 13.2%


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 September 2012, the average time on market for a home in the Creston Kenilworth neighborhood was 33 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 September 2012, sellers in Creston Kenilworth received, on average, 96% of their original listing price.

More stats for you:

Change from September 2011 to September 2012:

Time on Market: Down 31.2%

Sold/List price % difference: Up 2.1%


Average price for sale vs. average price of sold:

This chart shows us that the average listing was and what the average sale was. In September 2012, the average price of a house on the market in Creston Kenilworth was $430,000. The average sale was $368,000.

More stats over one year:

Average active price: Up 5.9%

Average sold price:  Up 33.3%


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.  September 2012 in the Creston Kenilworth neighborhood had 2.8 months of inventory. By the way, this does NOT mean that it will take 2.8 months for your home to sell. That figure was, on average in September, 33 days.  Inventory is a figure that means that, if not another home were to come on the market in Creston Kenilworth from this point forward, in 2.8 months there would not be another home to sell.  They would all be sold.

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 Creston Kenilworth 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

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