(47 posts)

How to Visit Pine Street Market Like a Pro

Morgan Joffe is the Instagrammer behind the handle @foodie.passport, and her insights into the local food scene have landed her appearances everywhere from KATU to BuzzFeed. After moving to Portland in 2011, Morgan went on the hunt for the freshest, newest, most delectable dishes in town — and more than 10,000 Portlanders now follow her […]

Evergreen / August 27, 2019

Adam Sweet Eases the Pain of Moving

You might already know Adam Sweet as the local entrepreneur who disrupted the home-moving business (in a good way). But after keeping his personal story private for years, Adam says he’s ready to share another part of his background — his experience in Oregon’s foster system. “I was kind of embarrassed to be a foster […]

Community / August 23, 2019

How Love Belizean Leaped from Food Cart to Restaurant

Earlier this week, we highlighted food critic Kevin Alexander’s argument that the “golden age of food” in America started right here in Portland — and a few of you raised skeptical eyebrows at us. So to help build the case, we’d like to take a moment to present Exhibit B… for Belizean. Love Belizean started […]

Food / August 20, 2019

How Girls Build Makes Camp Accessible for Foster Kids

We’re investigating your questions about the foster care system this month, and we’re also meeting some amazing people who make a difference in the lives of foster children. Katie Hughes founded Girls Build in 2016, the same year she became a foster parent. Her goal is to put literal tools—drills, hammers, and paintbrushes, to name […]

Community / August 20, 2019

The Inclusive “Living Room” for East Portlanders

Gateway Discovery Park celebrated its grand opening almost exactly a year ago, making it only the second park in Portland that’s accessible to kiddos of all physical abilities. Portland Parks & Recreation calls it a “living room” that serves the Gateway district and surrounding neighborhoods. Before its construction, nearly 1,000 new households lacked access to […]

Community / August 5, 2019

How Hip Hop Soulsation Academy Advanced to the World Dance Championship

The competition dance team from Hip Houl Soulsation Academy has won a “golden ticket” this summer — but they might need a little help to redeem it. At their last competition, the local teens earned a chance to represent Oregon at the World Dance Championships in New Jersey. Now the challenge is getting there. The […]

Arts & Culture / July 25, 2019

Why East Portland’s Namaste Bazaar is a ‘Hidden Gem’ for Indian Food

If you want to experience the true melting pot of Portland, drop by the Namaste Bazaar in Hazelwood around lunchtime. The Indian restaurant and grocery store has become a favorite meeting spot for local immigrant communities, from Sri Lankans to Tongans to Samoans. And more than a few Yelpers have described it as a “hidden […]

Food / July 24, 2019

Von Ebert Brewing Expands to East Portland

Most beer lovers have heard of the main Von Ebert location in the Pearl, but the brewery also has a lesser-known outpost in Hazelwood — one of Portland’s largest neighborhoods. Owner Tom Cook named Von Ebert after his grandma Ebert, the matriarch who brought his family to the U.S. from Germany in the early 1900s. […]

Bars / July 22, 2019

Lisa and Kerry are known for their Paul Bunyan tees.

Little Red Press Wears Kenton Pride

Is Kenton the proudest neighborhood in Portland? It’s hard to say no after meeting sisters Lisa and Kerry McPherson. Lisa and Kerry started the screen-printing company Little Red Press in Lisa’s garage 12 years ago, and their Kenton-themed merch now seems to pop up everywhere around town. “There’s something special about Kenton,” Lisa says. “We […]

Community / July 17, 2019

A Portland Icon Is Turning 60 — And He’s Never Looked Better

It’s hard to imagine North Portland without a 31-foot Paul Bunyan statue keeping watch, but three years ago the big fella’s future in Kenton seemed pretty uncertain. With his paint job peeling and becoming faded, Paul’s local boosters estimated they would need to raise more than $60,000 to do a proper renovation. The Kenton Neighborhood […]

Kenton / June 18, 2019

Why Bud Clark is so Special to Goose Hollow

It’s hard to love a mayor more than Portlanders love Ted Wheeler, but our city sure gave it a good run with Bud Clark. Bud opened the Goose Hollow Inn in 1967, and with the help of tavern regulars and neighborhood activists, he won Portland’s 1984 mayoral race in an upset that almost no one […]

Bars / May 24, 2019

Meet the Three Abdis Who Run St. Johns

Next time you head to St. Johns to watch Blue Collar Wrestling or grab lunch at Mama San Soul Shack, keep an eye out for the Abdis. Abdinasir Hussein is a junior at Roosevelt High School and one of the best distance runners in the state, and his younger brothers Abdiaziz and Abdirizack are hot […]

Locals to Know / April 19, 2019

How Maurice Rahming Is Changing the Face of Construction

MEET THIS CHANGEMAKER: Maurice Rahming saw his way out of poverty through the trades. Growing up in affordable housing (known then as “the projects”), Rahming’s family couldn’t afford for him to go to college. Instead, he opted for technical school, and Mr. Hall, a master electrician, saw Rahming’s potential in the electrical trade and helped […]

Locals to Know / April 18, 2019

The Place in Portland Where Pro Wrestling Is Still Going Strong

THE NEIGHBORHOOD: St. Johns / Portsmouth THE PLACE: Blue Collar Wrestling live streams online and you can also find the shows at the Holocene, if you can snag a seat to watch the action. Blue Collar Wrestling is now ten years old, and its marquee matches have featured WWE stars like Roddy Piper and The Honky […]

Neighborhoods / April 10, 2019

Christopher Hopkins

The St. Johns Restaurant Where East Meets South

THE NEIGHBORHOOD: St. Johns THE PLACE: Fusion cuisine reigns among Portland’s foodie culture. But there’s only one place in St. Johns you can eat southern collard greens and korean kimchi harmoniously: Mama San Soul Shack. St. Johns has been historically lower income and more ethnically diverse than other parts of Portland. Mama San Soul Shack […]

Bars / April 3, 2019

Chelsea Grassinger

For Timbers Army, Portland’s Providence Park Grows Up

MEET THIS CHANGEMAKER: Chelsea Grassinger from Allied Works Architecture is leading the stadium expansion at Providence Park, where the Portland Timbers and Portland Thorns play their home matches. The new configuration will include 4,000 additional seats, three elevated decks, and a 160-foot rooftop canopy. WHAT SHE’S DOING: Providence Park is locked in by streets and […]

Community / March 5, 2019

Brett Schulz

Portland has Big Housing Problems. Brett Schulz is Thinking Small

MEET THIS CHANGEMAKER: Brett Schulz. Brett develops projects for non-profit organizations and affordable housing complexes. He is currently working on two major projects: 1) Jolene’s Cousin Series – a part SRO/part market-rate apartment building with commercial space below that has been funded by private donors and crowdsourced funds, and 2) A Homeownership program partnership with Portland […]

Locals to Know / February 27, 2019

The Albina Vision is a 50-Year Plan—But It Starts Now

WHAT: The Albina Vision is a community-led effort to revitalize a district that was once the heart of Portland’s black community. The plan calls for building nine city blocks of affordable housing and community gathering space, and capping the I-5 freeway that displaced thousands of families in the 1960s — but the project is about […]

Community / February 20, 2019

Meet Portland’s Most Beloved Used Book Store (Not Named Powell’s)

WHAT: Title Wave Used Bookstore is where library books go to retire. From children’s books to DVDs and travel guides, this hidden gem in Lower Albina has something for every reader. WHY IT MATTERS: The shop prices and resells library materials from 18 Multnomah County branches, so they can have a second life in the […]

Uncategorized / February 20, 2019

The Church that Stood Strong

WHAT: Lower Albina has seen a lot of change over the last 50 years, but one constant through it all has been the Vancouver Avenue First Baptist Church, which will celebrate its 75th birthday next month. The church has withstood decades of gentrification and displacement, and its members today span multiple generations. WHY IT MATTERS: […]

Evergreen / February 14, 2019