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Make a Name for Yourself! Discover the Pioneer Courthouse Square Bricks in Portland’s Living Room

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015

What makes a living room inviting? How about opening it up to the public?! Pioneer Courthouse Square, affectionately known as Portland’s Living Room, is one of our many gathering places where we find all kinds of fun and interesting uses for such an open, inviting space. We build sandcastles, celebrate diverse cultures, attend concerts, watch […]

Portland Makes History: Tilikum Crossing and the MAX Orange Line Opening

Friday, September 11th, 2015

We still can’t believe it’s finally here! After a few years of planning and construction, not to mention the huge hype of what was to come, the MAX orange line opening is just around the corner and we seriously couldn’t be happier. Not only does this light rail route connect Portland to Milwaukie, it’s also […]

Martin Luther King Jr. reminds Portlanders of the “Dream”

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King was born 84 years ago today. Words cannot do justice to the man who transformed this nation in the middle decades of the 20th Century. Except perhaps his own words: “I say to you today, my friends, so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I […]

They’re Baaaack! Welcome back to the Saturday Market!

Monday, March 5th, 2012

The Portland Saturday Market is back for its 39th year. If you’ve never been… or haven’t been in a while… you should definitely make time to come check it out. There’s food, music and handmade arts and crafts by local artists and artisans. If that’s not enough of an enticement… you can also make a […]

Portland, Home of the Peaceful Protest

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

It seems common knowledge around here that a good protest is part of the fabric of Portland. It is a normal sight to see an anti war, anti gun, anti anything protest at Pioneer Courthouse Square. The very roots of Oregon stick to having some of the most inclusive free speech laws in the country. […]

Happy Birthday MAX!

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

The Blue Line MAX turns 25 today! Happy birthday! Thank you for all the rides. Thanks for giving us the chance to catch up on our good books, while everyone else is stuck in traffic. Thanks for picking us up from the airport when no one else was available (OK… that’s the Red Line… but […]

Go Forth and Prosper, Portland

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

The week between Christmas and New Year’s is a great time to reflect on both our blessings and shortcomings. It’s also a great time to consider how the past year went and what changes we’d like to make in the coming year. Portlanders share a wonderful blessing – the gift of living in one of […]

History, Architecture, and Free? Oh my!

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

Love history? Love architecture? Then make sure you plan a visit to the Architectural Heritage Center. Not only does the The Architectural Heritage Center work to preserve the historic character of homes and buildings in our neighborhoods, but for the month of December, is also offering free admission into the main gallery exhibit. Visit the […]

Oregon Coast Gears up for The Goonies’ 25th Anniversary

Friday, May 21st, 2010

Can you believe it has been 25 years since The Goonies? The Astoria-Warrenton Chamber of Commerce is planning a 25th anniversary celebration in honor of the movie’s original 1985 release. It’s been 25 years since The Goonies first hit the silver screen, but die-hard fans still show up in Astoria, Ore., to tour the coastal […]

Beloved Old Town Sign Saved!

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

It looks like the beloved Old Town Sign might start glowing at night once again. Randy Leonard recently announced on his blog that the “Made in Oregon” sign is going to be taken over by the city. The “Made in Oregon” will be changed to read simply, “Portland, Oregon.” There was no small public outcry […]