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Archive for March, 2011

Just Average Crime Rate for Portland

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

A new report states that Portland is average when it comes to crime rates. City Crime Rankings 2010 – 2011: Crime in Metropolitan America states that Portland is ranked 227th out of 400 cities for crime rate. The report is based on the following criteria: murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, and motor vehicle theft. […]

Riches of a City

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

What makes a city “rich”? Is it the monetary wealth of its richest citizens? The value of land held by public agencies? Its “livability rating” published by a magazine 3,000 miles away? Those factors matter to some, but in Portland we have other metrics. We value our history, our people-oriented city ethic, the innovations contributed […]

What makes a good tour?

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

We’re celebrating our ten year anniversary this year. We’re proud that Portland Walking Tours has been able to continue to provide excellent, engaging tours year after year. It’s a mark not only of having a great city to guide people in, but also a sign that we’re doing a few things right. It’s a good […]

Portland Named Best Place to Live

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

In their February issue, Sunset Magazine names Portland as one of the best cities to live and find happiness in the American West. Other cities that were featured included: Salt Spring Island, B.C.; Salt Lake City; Taos, N.M.; Bellingham, Wash.; Eureka, Calif.; San Diego; Sonoma County, Calif.; Scottsdale, Ariz.; and Crestone, Colorado.

Best of Portland’s Irish Lore

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

Many Portlanders’ plans for St. Patrick’s Day probably include lifting a pint or two (hopefully of an undoctored Guinness or Harp’s Lager, hold the green food tint please) at one of Portland’s fine Irish establishments such as Kell’s, Paddy’s, Biddy McGraw’s, or the Dublin Pub. It’s a fine tradition, but it’s made even finer if […]

Portland Ranks High on List of Most Rockin’ American Cities

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

Rankings released by Songkick, announce Portland as the ninth in best cities for live rock music, and tops the list at #1 for cheapest average ticket price. The rankings are based on the number of live rock shows per capita. Many great musicians call Portland home and the City of Roses is a popular spot […]

How do we pick Queen Rosaria?

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

The selection process for the Rose Festival Court of Ambassadors is well underway – about halfway through – with new announcements coming just about daily. The final Court Ambassador (formerly called Princesses) will be selected by Marshall High School on Friday, March 18. How does one become a Rose Festival Ambassador? Each of Portland’s high […]

Portland Ranks as America’s 4th Most Relaxed

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

If you’re having trouble relaxing, it might be because you’re living in the wrong city. Portland is not one if them. In fact, Portland placed high on Forbes‘ 2010 list of America’s Most Relaxed Cities. Places with high unemployment, heavy traffic and long working hours can be physically painful to live in and that stress […]

Art lovers rejoice!

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

We’re often asked by locals and travelers alike to reveal details on specific artworks around the city. Our company policy of “I’ll Find Out” instead of “I Don’t Know” requires us to race back to a computer and do a Public Art lookup both to to further our knowledge and email you the answer to […]

Why “The Rose City”?

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

Portland has many nicknames – Stumptown, River City, Bridgetown, and more. One of our favorite nicknames for our fair city is The Rose City, for several reasons. It highlights the beauty of our city and its many lush gardens and greenspaces. It speaks to the city’s innovative nature, reminding us of our world-renowned International Rose […]