Positively Portland: The place Creativity Abounds

Clockwise from higher left are proof of a positively welcoming metropolis: a stencil on the sidewalk encouraging us all to attach; uplifting phrases on a espresso cup; the hopeful identify of an exhibit on JFK on the Oregon Historic Society and the optimistic identify of a consulting agency.

It’s a metropolis the place social duty, cooperation, and mutual assist are a part of the tradition.

It has a non-profit bar that has donated over $150,000 to charities.

The place creativity is valued.

It’s maker-movement central in North America

The place espresso and craft beer are king.

They pioneered the craft beer motion beginning within the early 1980s.

Portland is a metropolis with excessive tradition (the Oregon Historic Society‘s museum and the Portland Artwork Museum are simply two examples), low-to-the-ground tradition (the various craftspeople and maker’s areas are proof), and quirky tradition, such because the Vacuum Museum, the Caravan Campfires occasion each Wednesday on the Tiny Home Resort, and the Bizarre Furnishings Membership.

Portland is a metropolis that takes satisfaction in its distinctive and typically uncommon tradition.

Portland is a metropolis the place city planning works on a human scale. There’s a top limitation for buildings and an city progress boundary to restrict sprawl. For the reason that metropolis can’t broaden up or out, neighborhoods are being modified to satisfy wants.

Impressed in Portland

The Portlanders I met reside creatively and are socially engaged. That will imply that they reside in a inventive house reminiscent of a tiny home to scale back their footprint, that they make their dwelling by creating issues with their fingers, or that they assist creativity within the espresso they drink, the garments they put on, and the furnishings they purchase.

Or it might be all the above.

Having lately grow to be a maker myself (I sewed out of necessity after I was teen, however now I do it for pleasure) I discovered the makers I met had been beneficiant as they shared the “how” of their crafts. The truth is, makers beget makers in Portland. They don’t seem to be solely beneficiant to an outsider, they really assist new makers and create their very own competitors with the information that as a result of they’re so distinctive, there’s house for everybody.

As a traveler, I felt that Portland delivered not solely a captivating vacation spot however inspiration. I returned residence from Portland with my inventive juices flowing.

I went on a Makers Tour of Portland. Take a tour or a category if you’re there. On the higher proper is Garnish Attire and the decrease proper is Alchemy Jeweler.

ADX is without doubt one of the bigger makerspaces in Portland.

I took within the JFK exhibit on the Oregon Historic Society Museum. The exhibit was fascinating and really busy after I was there. It is a view of the First Congregational Church from contained in the museum.

Along with its everlasting assortment, the Portland Artwork Museum provides particular reveals and occasions. Once I went I noticed Animating Life: The Artwork, Science, and Surprise of LAIKA (see pictures above) in addition to The Wyeths: Three Generations. The museum provides free admission on the primary Thursday of the month in addition to $5 Fridays. Each provides are from 5-Eight pm.

The Tiny Home Resort was an actual deal with. After studying in regards to the historical past of the lodge we obtained to discover how a lot dwelling could be tucked right into a small house. Sure, you possibly can e-book a tiny home in your keep in Portland.

Powell’s Metropolis of Books has a repute for being the biggest bookstore on this planet. Whereas I’m usually skeptical when issues get such definitive adjectives, my guess is that it’s – or at the least one of the largest. The shop is split into Eight color-coded areas all specializing in particular themes. Every space is the scale of three or 4 typical bookstores.

The park on Park Avenue within the Cultural District in Portland.

It is a Benson Bubbler. In line with Wikipedia, these consuming fountains are named after businessman and philanthropist Simon Benson who donated $10,000 for the acquisition and set up of 20 fountains, principally in Portland. Portland additionally had me effervescent with concepts.


Final up to date: sixth November, 2017