Community

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 […]

/ 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 […]

/ February 20, 2019


How to Find Love in Portland, Without an App

It might seem like Tinder, Bumble, and Hinge are the only ways to find a date in these modern times, but believe it or not, there are still other paths to discover love in our city. Here are a few strategies that our research — and our readers — suggest are worth a try. 1. […]

/ February 19, 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: […]

/ February 14, 2019


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, […]

/ February 13, 2019


Dating Can Be A Struggle in Portland. What’s the Deal?

“I have dated in San Francisco, Seattle and Colorado, and… though there were bad dates, they were not even close to the garbage fire that is dating in Portland.” —Isabelle It’s true, you could probably find hot takes like this written about any city — but even the experts agree that Portland’s dating scene is […]

/ February 5, 2019


A QFC Just Closed in NE Portland. We Lost More Than a Grocery Store

When I heard the news, I was crushed. My neighborhood grocery, QFC on NE 33rd, was closing. QFC has been my store for all 13 years I’ve lived in Portland, despite the many choices within walking distance of my neighborhood, Sullivan’s Gulch. The grocery business is highly competitive, and demographics—education, house prices, income, density—partially explain […]

/ February 4, 2019


Video: Clean & Safe Employs Formerly Homeless Portlanders

If you follow NextDoor or your neighborhood’s Facebook group, you’ll probably know that complaints about needles, trash, and graffiti are becoming increasingly common in Portland. Neighbors say the problem is getting worse, but in at least one part of town, the city is having some success addressing it. For 30 years, Central City Concern’s Clean […]

/ January 7, 2019


Video: In Sunnyside, Neighbors Helping Neighbors is a Long-Time Tradition

For nearly 40 years, volunteers at the Sunnyside Community House have cooked a family-style meal every Wednesday night and shared it with neighbors in need. “The most rewarding part of the Wednesday meals has been my expanded sense of who my neighbors are,” said John Mayer, board chair of Sunnyside Community House. “I see some […]

/ January 6, 2019


Video: The Lane That Lights Up Sunnyside

From the Grinch to the Muppets to Santa’s “sleigh”, Peacock Lane’s over-the-top holiday displays have been lighting up the Sunnyside neighborhood for nearly 90 years. The neighbors serve hot cider and cocoa through Christmas Eve, and a share of any donations they receive go to the Village Free School. The lights will be up through […]

/ December 21, 2018