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A Bridge and its Park

The St. Johns Bridge is one of the most iconic bridges in Portland, but the area below it has its own history. It was home to Native American tribal grounds and a Lewis and Clark landing site before it became Cathedral Park. For decades, it housed junkyards and factories. But “honorary mayor” Howard Galbraith and […]

/ January 18, 2022


Did you know this secret about the Pearl Neighborhood?

The Neighborhood: The Pearl District The Place: In the early ‘90s, the Pearl District (then known as the River District) was a sparsely populated neighborhood “as rugged as any in the Pacific Northwest.” But why is it called the Pearl? What’s the real secret behind the name? It’s been quoted many places that a gallery […]

/ January 11, 2022


How to Throw an Autumn Block Party in Portland

Disclaimer: We can’t promise your block party will look quite like this. Unless you invite us… in which case we’ll do our best. 😉 Everything You Need to Know About Throwing an Autumn Block Party in Portland   If you’re ready to close down your street, fire up the grill, and get to know your […]

/ November 9, 2021


A 110-Year-Old Fraternity Lives On at the Kenton Masonic Temple

The Kenton Masonic Temple in North Portland is either the home of a clandestine fraternity that secretly runs the world, or it’s a good place to get a haircut. It just depends who you ask. The historic building was renovated in 2011, and it now doubles as the home for Bart’s Barbershop, Kenton Cycle Repair, […]

/ October 31, 2021


How “Salvage Sundays” Gives Bikes a Second Chance

Carl Wilson was on the verge of homelessness when he took a job at the Community Cycling Center in Northeast Portland 16 years ago. Now he says he’s living the good life with a house and two cats, and he’s helping give old bikes a second life through the CCC’s weekly Salvage Sale. Every Sunday, […]

/ October 2, 2021


Akâdi brings the Ivory Coast to Portland

Spices from scratch, sauces from scratch, slow-cooked goat and whole-fried tilapia: Akâdi, which means “tasty” in Bambara (a Mali-originated language), is a restaurant in Portland’s Albina district that lives up to its name by serving homemade West African food from chef-owner Fatou Ouattara’s native Bouaké, Ivory Coast. Ouattara, who immigrated to the U.S. to attend […]

/ August 5, 2021


💖 How to make friends in Portland

We’ve got a few simple suggestions on where to start.  Join a dragon boat team Join a kickball league. Join a Pot Social. Pick up games in Portland are everywhere – volleyball, dodgeball, etc. Hop into a group bike ride. No matter your social style, we loved all the great tips and friend-making stories you […]

/ May 25, 2021


Meet the Duo Behind a Podcast That’ll Move You — Or At Least Try

Can you imagine a Portland with more bikes and public transit on the road than cars? Because it might not be far away. As things stand now, roughly half of Portlanders commute to work alone by car, while 33 percent walk, bike, carpool, or ride public transit to work. (The remaining 17% work remotely, carpool, […]

/ May 13, 2021


Your Guide to Modern Love in Portland

We know, we know — love is hard. Whether you’ve got a steady boo or are single and ready to mingle, the topics of love, sex, and relationships are never easy to navigate. Our city doesn’t exactly have a great reputation when it comes to finding love, and many Portlanders would say that technology has […]

/ February 27, 2021


Rojo the Llama’s home safe from wildfire dangers

Mtn Peaks Therapy Llamas & Alpacas was home to Portland legend Rojo the Llama. (📷: Mtn Peaks Therapy Llamas & Alpacas) Mtn Peaks Therapy Llamas & Alpacas, the home of a beloved Portland legend, survived dangerous wildfires that sprung up across the state last week, reported Shannon Joy, the handler for the late, great Rojo […]

/ September 21, 2020


Spotlight on Downtown Portland businesses: Five Questions with Fossil Cartel

A peek inside The Fossil Cartel. (📸: The Fossil Cartel) Running a small business in downtown Portland means navigating changes and high speed adaptation. Since the beginning of March, small businesses have had the extra challenges of operating during the global COVID-19 pandemic, as well as nightly demonstrations in solidarity with Black Lives Matter since […]

/ September 1, 2020


Oregon is Getting Ready to Ease Its Stay-At-Home Order. Is It Still Too Soon?

Our progress report for May 14th. It’s been nearly eight weeks since Governor Kate Brown issued her stay-at-home order in Oregon, and barring any surprise setbacks, the state is expected to take its first baby steps toward easing the lockdown on Friday. But are we actually ready for what comes next? Last week, a Harvard […]

/ May 14, 2020


Is Oregon Really Over the Hump? And Other Answers to Your Coronavirus Questions.

What do you want to know about Oregon’s coronavirus response and what comes next? Send us your questions, and we’ll update this post as we track down answers. Oregon seems to have one of the lowest infection rates in the country, but is that just because we’re not testing enough people?   It’s true that Oregon […]

/ April 30, 2020


Support Your Favorite Portland Business with a Free Promo Ad

(📸: Hector Chacon) We’re all worried about how COVID-19 is affecting our favorite Portland restaurants, retailers, and small business owners. So starting today, we’re offering a new way for Bridgeliner members to send some love to their local favorites. Want to shout out the barista who always brightens your morning? Or let your fellow Portlanders […]

/ April 20, 2020


14 Ways to Spend Your Stimulus Check Locally in Portland

(📸: Hector Chacon) Stimulus payments are starting to arrive this week, and what Portlanders do with that money really matters. According to economists, every dollar spent locally creates a ripple effect in the economy as it circulates from consumers to businesses to workers and back again, helping bolster employment in the process. So if you’re […]

/ April 15, 2020


Is Oregon Ready for What’s Next? We Made a Covid-19 Progress Tracker to Find Out

Our progress report for May 14th. This post is being updated to reflect the latest public health recommendations and statewide data. The governor of Illinois gave us an idea last month when he tweeted out a graphic showing the state’s progress on coronavirus testing and setting clear goals and targets for the next 10 days. […]

/ April 2, 2020


What Questions Do You Still Have about the Coronavirus?

(📸: Centers for Disease Control) The news has been all coronavirus all the time lately, from how to spot the symptoms to how to wash your hands properly. But now that the shock of the outbreak has started to wear off, we want to take a second to ask: What questions do you still have […]

/ March 16, 2020


3 Ideas for Supporting Portland Businesses and Nonprofits Through the Coronavirus Crisis

(📸: Hector Chacon) The need for an extended period of social distancing is clear, and so is the impact that such a policy will have on local businesses and nonprofits. A poll of nearly 500 small businesses in Oregon found that many companies expect to lose thousands of dollars of revenue due to the coronavirus, […]

/ March 16, 2020


Meet a Member: Michael Jonas

We’re profiling the people who make Bridgeliner possible — our supporting members — and next up is Woodstock neighbor and Rational Unicorn founder Michael Jonas. Where in town might people run into you? If I’m not at work at my law office, I’m probably at a coffee shop. I also really enjoy going to local craft […]

/ December 3, 2019


We’re Investing in Portland Creatives. Here’s How You Can Help.

The origin story of Nike is the stuff of legend — a global sportswear brand that started with Phil Knight’s big idea, Bill Bowerman’s waffle iron, and Jeff Johnson’s Volkswagen van.  Nike’s success might seem inevitable now that it’s a multi-billion-dollar company. But 50 years ago, Phil Knight was just a young entrepreneur with a […]

/ November 3, 2019