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Nice Little Tour: Yesterday's ride was no exception. The sun was bright, and the winds were calm. So I set out on a quick little east side tour. Starting near Montavilla, I enjoyed my ride through North Tabor down NE Davis and Everett towards Laurelhurst. I couldn't help but notice how the city has changed since I first took this route. More, newer homes line the streets. More traffic on the streets. More bikes taking the greenway.
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The Trains of SE: The greenway abruptly ends near the waterfront, so I carefully navigated my way towards SE Water Avenue. It wouldn't be a ride down to the east side waterfront without waiting for a train. After waiting 5 - 10 minutes, I decided to cut through one of the industrial side streets between SE Stark and SE Hawthorne. Despite dodging some large vehicles, the detour was worth it! Again, I couldn't help but notice how different this area is from 7 years ago.
The Next Pearl? While it is still industrial at its heart, cafes, brew pubs and retailers scatter throughout the area. Cranes from development further east on SE Belmont/Morrison and E Burnside fill the horizon looking east. "Is this the next Pearl District?" I wondered. And then I asked "Is this a good thing?"
Big Questions: This is a question all Portlanders grapple with right now. Portland is growing. We cannot deny that. It feels like Portland is growing into a big city with all the inherent benefits and problems. Portland is a city full of creative people, natural beauty, weirdness and arts. Yet Portland is a place with a serious affordable housing problem. The streets are changing around us as we make room for more people.
Portland's Heart: How do we best manage this growth so all who live here benefit - the newcomers and long-time residents, the well-to-do and those who struggle, and everyone in between. I have faith in the heart of Portland because it is the heart of all of us who live here. I experience the Portland spirit through this blog and where I work. I believe that spirit is strong and will survive. I'm hopeful Portland will emerge as a wondefrul big city with the heart of the Portland we love.
PS. A new story from an amazing artist is coming soon.