Portland Walking Tours

Go Forth and Prosper, Portland

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 the world’s most livable, sustainable cities, with its wealth of public art, public transportation, well-preserved architecture from eras gone past, and beautiful surroundings.

We also share a resolve to continue to improve our region and our city by keeping a cautious eye on our urban growth boundary, balancing a strong economy with careful growth planning, and finding creative ways to maintain excellence and safety in our schools while limiting the tax burdens.

As a result, the beating heart of the metropolitan area is Portland’s downtown. Our creative class produces new art for gallery walls and theater stages, and new culinary treats in our bakeries, chocolate shops, food carts, brewpubs and restaurants. Civic-minded citizens get involved to ensure the continued preservation of our area treasures, both its physical form (buildings) and cultural forms (legends and history).

These resources – these gifts – will survive only as long as we continue to work hard to preserve and enhance them. That requires that everyone pitches in – including us.

In 2011, we at Portland Walking Tours resolve to:

  • Continue to celebrate and preserve Portland’s rich history by faithful, historically accurate recounting of the best and most interesting elements of Portland’s past;
  • Present the most beautiful aspects of the city to its visitors and curious residents on well-organized, entertaining and well-researched tours;
  • Promote the region’s economic future by continuing to offer innovative tours at aggressively low prices and exposing tour guests to Portland’s unique artisanal establishments.

How will you help Portland prosper in 2011?