|Downtown in 1970s|
A light rail line to Gresham also opened. By the time Pioneer Place Mall opened in 1990, people were being lured to shop downtown and the city's core vitalization was complete.
By the time I was in high school, I enjoyed driving into the city with my best friend (a guy named Ken) and watching the people cruising Broadway. In later years, my brother went through a wearing-makeup-loitering-in-Pioneer-Square phase. You'll still find young teens hanging about trying to look cool.
When I first began working at my company in 1990, I worked with the man who led the revitalization of downtown Portland: Dick Ivey. By the time I knew him, he spent most of his hours holed up in his office, smoking like a chimney (in those days, people were allowed to smoke in their offices). Dick initiated the goals and guidelines for Portland's Downtown Plan and established the company's planning practice. He's known in Portland as the driving force behind the city's downtown revitalization. He also conducted transit mall planning for the city. From 1975 until recently, you could ride the bus anywhere in the main downtown area for free--it was called "Fareless Square." Sadly, the transit authority ended the free rides a few years ago because of a $12 million budget shortfall.
|Mike visiting me in Portland in 1988|
(before we were married)
|This is my favorite statue downtown--Portlandia. |
More on her later!
|Having lunch today at Koji's|
|Nordstrom, Starbucks, and the musical weather machine|
|Where shall I go?|
(Pioneer Courthouse in the background)
|Old Meier & Frank building (now Macy's)|
|With one of the statues, in front of the Hilton|
|One of our many cool buildings|
|Downtown from the river on a sunny day|
|My favorite bridge--the Hawthorne|
|Keller Fountain--a very popular spot during the summer!|
|View at night|
Thank you, Dick Ivey! We have a happening, vibrant downtown! Read this article in Portland Monthly to learn how the city will continue to expand and grow up.
Read my other A to Z posts here, and stay tuned for tomorrow: endless free or cheap entertainment!