|Our first house--I miss our porch!|
Portland has 95 separate, distinct neighborhoods, each with its own volunteer neighborhood association and distinct culture and feel. Our first house was a 1910 bungalow in the Richmond neighborhood, described as:
Urban, artsy, down-home, community minded, green and eco-conscious. Anti-car, some even anti-establishment. This is a neighborhood of families and young urbanites.We lived close to the Hawthorne neighborhood...we loved to walk to Hawthorne to the McMenamin's Bagdad Theater Pub or Powell's on Hawthorne.
We moved from the east side to southwest in 1999, when our oldest son was three. We wanted a house with more yard, and the great schools in the area didn't hurt either. This is how our current neighborhood is described:
Laid back with a more residential and relaxed feel than more urban neighborhoods. Located relatively close in, with a variety of home styles, this is a neighborhood that will appeal to families and others who prefer a less urban and more rural feeling neighborhood. The Multnomah Village area is a popular neighborhood gathering place, with locally owned restaurants, bars, and shops, giving this area a strong sense of community and central gathering place.
|Multnomah Village in the 1920s...|
Nike is not actually headquartered in Portland, but in suburban Beaverton, where I grew up. It's one of only two Fortune 500 companies based in Oregon, and one of the world's largest athletic shoe and apparel companies.
|Style of my first pair of Nikes--all the rage in the 1970s!|
I know several people who work at Nike--it's as ubiquitous as Intel in the Portland area. (Nike employs 8,000 people in Oregon, while Intel employs 17,000 here but is based in Santa Clara, California.) They always have a huge showing in the Portland Pride Parade and even have a shoe and clothing line that supports gay pride.
|I also had a pair that looked a bit like this...|
Read my other A to Z posts here, and stay tuned for tomorrow: Oaks Park and organic food.