October 20, 2008

Portland by car

I was in Portland last weekend visiting friends and family. Spent Saturday afternoon being a good consumer: eating and shopping in local establishments.

Shots from the back seat...coming into Portland on the Northeast side

crossing the Willamette River

entering Northwest


Powell's Books is the largest independent bookstore in the world...a wonderful place to spend hours perusing new and used books.

Portland is Oregon's largest city and is known for being green...according to Popular Science, it is America's top green city.

"Half its power comes from renewable sources, a quarter of the workforce commutes by bike, carpool or public transportation, and it has 35 buildings certified by the U.S. Green Building Council.”

Portland rocks


25 comments:

T.Allen-Mercado said...

Favorite Guy and I were just discussing a trip to Portland. I told him, "it looks cool"-and I guess it is!

Hey Harriet said...

You've just given me even more reasons why I'd love to live in Portland! Glad you had a fun trip :)

Cicada Studio said...

Yay, Portland!

M.Kate said...

How wonderful for this green city, wish we have something similar here :D

littlebird said...

portland looks very pretty : )

sherry said...

I am putting this on my list of cities I must visit!

Rosebud Collection said...

Isn't it nice? Smart people..Every picture was great..

picciolo said...

portland looks wonderful!
: )

nichole said...

I love car shots. My husband makes fun of me for taking so many, but they capture exactly what you see on the road trip.

robin bird said...

oh i love reading those facts and knowing i am a part of this community. and it is fun to watch from your car too :) but i am still sad i missed you :(

Kathy said...

I drove through Portland just once and was instantly giddy with anticipation, wanting to explore more. I've always vowed to return, but alas have been unable. Someday!
Thanks for sharing. Loving the vintage lightposts.

Richiesliv DÅ och NU said...

What a cozy city!

So nice & quite.

Have an enjoyable day.

Lisa B. said...

Go Portland! Hummm...love big book stores like that...I could move in! I bet they have lots of comfy seating :)

Kala Pohl Studio said...

I love Portland and bookstores:):)

willow said...

I would love to get lost in Powell's for a couple of weeks.

Jenn said...

We in Boston are very jealous of Portland's eco number one-ness but at the same time applaud it for being so progressive :) Even though it is "green" I think I noticed a few red leaves in there signifying the start of fall in your area as well huh? Looks & sounds like you had so much fun!

fly tie said...

that's one book store i'd like to visit.

portland has long been on my "places i need to get to at some point or another" list. thanks for sharing.

Victoria said...

I have always wanted to go to Portland, and someday when I do, I think it will be true love.

88words said...

Ever since I stepped foot in Powell's I have been trying to scheme a way to move into some little broom closet and live out the rest of my days hiding from the people who work there. I freakin love that store. And yeah, Portland rocks. I'm glad you got to get out and enjoy civilization! You'll be sending me an email soon, asking me WTF is going on, I promise to write you back when you do. :)

Grizzly Mountain Arts said...

Portland IS cool! Thanks for the great photos! We're headed back up there this weekend :)

Waterrose said...

I love visiting your blog. Not only for the shots of Portland, but also all of your lovely finds.

XUE said...

There is nothing like Powell's here. Lots of small & huge wonderful book shops but sadly few offer English books. So we stocked up from our travels.

Tiger Food Press said...

ONE-QUARTER of the workforce commutes by bike??
Portland is a great city and it's easy to take for granted living here.

And Powell's...ah, what can I say? There is no such thing as a 'quick trip' to Powell's.

High Desert Diva said...

...by bike, carpool or public transportation...

Fiber Focus said...

Portland was one of the cities I thought of relocating to from Chicago, precisely because of all the green initiatives there. But, I really wanted a warmer climate, so I came South.