Neighborhoods

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