I grew up in Southwest Portland, and now live, work, and volunteer here. I like pondering neighborliness and community, the ways people come together in public spaces, and how people interact with their environment. Quirky, happy, nondescript, or surprising things capture my imagination. I am drawn to places that are so unremarkable that they are typically ignored.
Southwest Portland is sometimes thought of as a place where the wealthy live in exclusive hillside mansions, or as a land with beautiful yet treacherous roads full of switchbacks and inexplicably dead-end streets. But an attentive disposition will find much to appreciate and explore in its neighborhoods, where innovation and community co-mingle with their surroundings, creating a landscape of uniquely Portland – and distinctively Southwest Portland – character. My goal is to use this blog, that is based on my personal experience, to convey how it feels to live here.
Please note: I was just told by a good friend (the kind who lets you know if a button on your shirt is undone) that there are ads running on my blog. I do not make any money from those ads, and I don’t want them to be here, but I am not willing to pay the $30 for the advertisement-free version of WordPress. Thank you for bearing with my frugality. Also please note that I hold the copyright to this blog. You are welcome to link to it; I only ask that you acknowledge me as the creator. Thank you for reading, and for enjoying Southwest Portland.
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