Neighborhoods

Tin Shed Garden Cafe delivers one of the best Brunches in Portland

Tin Shed Garden Cafe delivers one of the best Brunches in Portland Janette Kaden has been making brunch since before it was cool. Nearly 20 years ago, Janette opened the Tin Shed Garden Cafe on Alberta Street — back then, it was one of the only restaurants in the area. Now she has plenty of […]

/ November 4, 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


Finding Love at Oaks Park

So where to find love in Portland? Start with a perfect date! Oaks Amusement Park in Sellwood has hosted everything from roller derby events to competitive beer miles to holiday festivals. Along the way, the 114-year-old park has helped more than a few Portlanders find love. Why? Their new showstopper is the over-the-top thrill ride […]

/ May 21, 2021


From Peru to Portland: Authentic Peruvian Cuisine

Authentic Peruvian Cuisine in Portland Andina’s will re-open soon, but in response to Covid, they are still serving up great Peruvian fare in their new patio concept restaurant 👉  Chicha As a more playful spinoff from Andina, Chicha explores the traditional street foods of Lima and Callao (Peru’s historic port city). From classics such as basted […]

/ March 19, 2021


Join the circus—without leaving town

THE NEIGHBORHOOD: The Pearl District THE PLACE: The Circus Project began as a training company to help youth experiencing homelessness, but it now offers classes to both beginners and future pros. Plus, it’s a proud partner of Cirque Du Soleil.  Located inside a converted warehouse in the Pearl, the Circus Project spearheads “The Voice Project,“,a […]

/ March 13, 2021


Go Ahead: Eat This Raw Cookie Dough, Portland

THE NEIGHBORHOOD: The Pearl District WHAT IS BETTER? Oreos or Cookie Dough? Or you can’t decide? Well, you don’t have to decide. THE PLACE: Remember sneaking cookie dough batter from the mixing bowl as a kid? Or maybe… more recently? Now there’s a spot where you dig into dough guilt-free. The Cookie Dough Cafe, became […]

/ March 6, 2021


Swift and Union Pays Homage to ‘Cow Town’ Kenton

Portland is considered one of the most vegan-friendly cities in the U.S., but once upon a time, the area now known as Kenton was actually a company town built around meat. Today, the legacy of the Union Meat Company — which was purchased by Swift and Company in 1906 — lives on at a popular […]

/ February 1, 2021


Sunnyside: Bright lights, little slice of the city

Sunnyside would be nothing without the passionate people who live and work in the neighborhood. BBPDX recognizes that, which is why they have partnered with us to help tell the colorful and sometimes secretive stories of Sunnyside.  

/ December 9, 2020


Meet the “Granddad of KingPins”

It’s been said that the collapse of community begins with people bowling alone. So we’re glad to report there are still people bowling together in Lents. The KingPins alley on SE 92nd hosts bowling leagues every day of the week, including for kids, adults, and seniors. And if you go often enough, you’re just about […]

/ January 3, 2020


Why Spending a Day with Dillon is a Big Dill

Lents is one of Portland’s oldest, largest, and most diverse neighborhoods — and no offense to Blaze, but it’s also the home of our city’s most beloved mascot, Dillon the Pickle. Since 2015, Dillon has been the face of the Portland Pickles, a collegiate wood-bat baseball team that’s gained quite a following for its home […]

/ January 3, 2020


Who Owns Downtown Portland? It’s Not Easy to Find Out.

“Who are the largest landowners in Downtown?” —Anonymous The answer to our latest PDXplained question is pretty simple (more on that in a moment), but getting to the bottom of it wasn’t easy.  It turns out that property ownership is easily concealed in Oregon — and most big landowners seem eager to do just that. […]

/ November 12, 2019


What Are Your Burning Questions About Alberta?

Our latest neighborhood spotlight series is all about the Alberta Arts District, and so far we’ve highlighted Portland’s most resourceful bike shop, the original brunch spot in town, the history of Earl’s Barbershop, and the story behind all those murals. So what’s next? Submit a burning question about Alberta below, and subscribe to our newsletter […]

/ October 15, 2019


Meet the Man Behind Earl’s Barbershop

Earl Clark is a Louisiana-born Army veteran and long-time Northeast Portlander, and for nearly three decades, he’s been cutting hair at Earl’s Barbershop, one of the last black-owned storefronts in the Alberta Arts District. The shop has survived decades of change in the neighborhood, and it’s given fresh cuts to local legends like Terry Porter […]

/ September 19, 2019


How the Alberta Arts District is Trying to Keep its Artists

How do you keep an arts district from losing its artists? That’s an age-old question in gentrifying neighborhoods like the Alberta Arts District, but the nonprofit Alberta Art Works and its executive director Maquette Reeverts think they have an answer — pay artists to do their craft. “That’s how we keep the folks here,” Maquette […]

/ September 18, 2019


PDXplained: The Hidden History of Morningside Hospital in East Portland

(📸: Wikimedia Commons) For more than 50 years, an Oregon hospital held “mentally ill” patients against their will, performed bogus medical procedures, and drew allegations of abuse and neglect. And it’s probably not the hospital you’re thinking of. Ken Kesey’s novel “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” immortalized the Oregon State Hospital in Salem — […]

/ September 3, 2019


What Are Your Burning Questions About Downtown Portland?

Our latest neighborhood spotlight series is all about Downtown, and so far we’ve explored the history of Waterfront Park, taken a foodie tour of Pine Street Market, met the founder of the food-cart-turned-restaurant Love Belizean, and introduced you to Portland’s “minister of loud noises.” So what’s next? Submit a burning question about Downtown below, and subscribe […]

/ September 3, 2019


Meet the “Minister of Loud Noises” at The Old Church Concert Hall

The Old Church Concert Hall in downtown Portland is known as “a sanctuary of sound” — and organist Michael Barnes is its “minister of loud noises.” Michael is the artistic director behind the Lunchtime Concert Series, which brings local musicians to The Old Church every Wednesday at noon to perform a free concert. The concert […]

/ August 30, 2019


How Waterfront Park Brought the Water to Portlanders

The pace of change in Portland can be maddening sometimes, but as we wait for the Albina Vision, the Green Loop, and the Duckworth Dock of our dreams to become a reality, it’s worth remembering that most local gems weren’t created overnight. Take Waterfront Park. The idea for a riverfront park in downtown dates back […]

/ August 28, 2019