Community

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


What Should Civic Engagement Look Like in Portland?

We’ll spare you the full history of the Office of Community and Civic Life, its name change, and its evolving mission. The bottom line is this: The city agency responsible for engaging and listening to Portlanders of all stripes hasn’t always nailed that, and we want to help them get it right. Here’s the agency’s […]

/ December 13, 2018


Here’s What You Told Us About Portland’s E-Scooter Experiment

Portland’s e-scooter pilot program officially ends in November, and PBOT hasn’t decided yet whether the scooters will be gone for good or here to stay. So we asked readers for their take on scooters and what should happen next. Here’s what they told us: “I love the scooters! They are a fun, easy, cheap way […]

/ October 29, 2018


We’re Digging Into Portland’s Housing Crisis. What Do You Want to Know?

What do you want to know about Portland’s housing and homelessness crisis? Bridgeliner’s next Real Talk series will focus on big ideas and promising solutions that could help Portland dig out of this problem, but as always, we’re starting with your questions. To follow this project, subscribe to our newsletter for updates on what we’re learning and what […]

/ October 10, 2018