neighborhoods Portland is Growing Food Portland is unique in many ways.  We have so much nature—the views of Mt. Hood and the Willamette River are spectacular in many parts of the city.   Much of our year is consumed with clouds, but Oregonians are not afraid to go out in the rain—most don’t even own an umbrella.  We have a great […]
Bene's Blog Sellwood and Westmoreland Neighborhood The Sellwood/Moreland neighborhood in Portland is one of the most desirable on the east side.  We love Portland’s east side because every neighborhood has its amenities close enough to walk or bike to—and not just grocery stores: coffee shops, restaurants, bakeries, wine stores, etc.  Sellwood/Moreland has two of these little commercial strips, each with its […]
Bene's Blog Eastmoreland Neighborhood The Eastmoreland neighborhood is known for its architecture and tall, mature trees.  Reed College Way runs North/South through the middle of the neighborhood with a wide median lined with mature trees in a double row split by a dirt path down the middle.  Reed College is located on the North end of this road and […]
neighborhoods Woodstock Family Protest There have been protests and marches all across the country in response to the murder of George Floyd by police officers in Minneapolis.  I have a thirteen-year-old who began asking daily if I could take him to the protests in Portland.  Because of the large police presence and the threat of violence, I hesitated taking […]
neighborhoods The Woodstock Neighborhood Goats I love seeing goats in Portland.  Here we are, walking down a typical Woodstock neighborhood street, when there, in front of us is a man walking his two goats.  One of them stops short and refuses to go any further—stubborn animals—because that is not the way she is used to.  Further north, on one of […]
Bene's Blog Missing Woodstock Time is going by in a different way these days.  I am starting to miss little things intensely.  I miss hanging out in the sun on the New Seasons’ roof; I miss walking up to Woodstock and being among people.  I can recall the sinking feeling I got when Grand Central closed. The first week […]
Bene's Blog Walks around Woodstock My walks around my neighborhood have become longer and more frequent during the Covid-19 stay-at-home orders.  I always enjoy my walks here, but this spring is particularly sunny and warm.  Every time I walk I am reminded about why I love my neighborhood, but also why I chose to move to Portland when my family […]
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