Neighborhoods

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


How to Visit Pine Street Market Like a Pro

Morgan Joffe is the Instagrammer behind the handle @foodie.passport, and her insights into the local food scene have landed her appearances everywhere from KATU to BuzzFeed. After moving to Portland in 2011, Morgan went on the hunt for the freshest, newest, most delectable dishes in town — and more than 10,000 Portlanders now follow her […]

/ August 27, 2019


How Love Belizean Leaped from Food Cart to Restaurant

Earlier this week, we highlighted food critic Kevin Alexander’s argument that the “golden age of food” in America started right here in Portland — and a few of you raised skeptical eyebrows at us. So to help build the case, we’d like to take a moment to present Exhibit B… for Belizean. Love Belizean started […]

/ August 20, 2019


The Inclusive “Living Room” for East Portlanders

Gateway Discovery Park celebrated its grand opening almost exactly a year ago, making it only the second park in Portland that’s accessible to kiddos of all physical abilities. Portland Parks & Recreation calls it a “living room” that serves the Gateway district and surrounding neighborhoods. Before its construction, nearly 1,000 new households lacked access to […]

/ August 5, 2019


No, Portland’s Neighborhood Associations Aren’t Going Away — And They Might Not Even Change

A proposed revision to the City of Portland’s civic code is either a bureaucratic tweak to bring more voices to the table, or it’s a Machiavellian power grab to silence critics and stifle democracy. It just depends who you ask.  Confused?  You’re not alone. The messaging from City Hall has been inconsistent at times, and […]

/ July 30, 2019


What Do You Want to Know About Portland’s Hazelwood Neighborhood?

Our latest neighborhood spotlight series is all about Hazelwood, and so far we’ve introduced you to an experimental brewery, a “hidden gem” Indian restaurant, and a rock-star dance instructor. So what’s next? Vote for the question below that you’d like us to dig into, and and keep an eye on the newsletter for updates on […]

/ July 26, 2019


How Hip Hop Soulsation Academy Advanced to the World Dance Championship

The competition dance team from Hip Houl Soulsation Academy has won a “golden ticket” this summer — but they might need a little help to redeem it. At their last competition, the local teens earned a chance to represent Oregon at the World Dance Championships in New Jersey. Now the challenge is getting there. The […]

/ July 25, 2019


Why East Portland’s Namaste Bazaar is a ‘Hidden Gem’ for Indian Food

If you want to experience the true melting pot of Portland, drop by the Namaste Bazaar in Hazelwood around lunchtime. The Indian restaurant and grocery store has become a favorite meeting spot for local immigrant communities, from Sri Lankans to Tongans to Samoans. And more than a few Yelpers have described it as a “hidden […]

/ July 24, 2019