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Here is are some pics from my recent visit to downtown Portland, OR - don't know if I've captured it here but IMO it is a really an awesome urban place - especially downtown.


Salmon Street Springs


Boardwalk along Willamette River






New condo towers along south riverfront


View to the south from my hotel


Night shot














Max Light Rail line




Pioneer Square






Lots of people playing chess in the square






Look closely - you can see Mt. St. Helens on the horizon.


Designated motorcyle/scooter parking.


Flexcar - the alternative to owning a car in the city - of course it is a hybrid


Awesome assortment of restarants located here




Great tacos located here!


Super-wide sidewalks








More chess playing




Portland State University - really an urban campus the street grid - and Portland Streetcar - runs right through it.




Food trailers like this are located all over the place here.




Yeah you guess it - some of these were taken from the streetcar.


PSU's hand in mixed use.


Hillside dev south of PSU


















Edge of the Pearl District - streetcar stops near Powells Used Books - this awesome bookstore takes up an entire city block :speech:!


Now north to the Pearl District - It is underconstruction - mixed use projects all over.


































Incredible plants.




Actually from what I hear, Portland is the 2nd "Greenest" city in the world - behind Lyon, France.












The current south terminus of the streetcar takes you to an Aerial Tram (like a ski-lift) that wisks you up to the hill-top where there is a cluster of hospitals - the base of the area near the riverfront is going vertical with offices and condos.














Debit card friendly parking meters - awesome


Urban designers take note - a drive-in drive-through gas station.
 

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wow...

Quite the collection of photos from a beautiful and vibrant city. Thanks for sharing them with us.
 

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GREAT PHOTOS! Thanks so much for showing us. I love portland. I've never actually stopped in downtown portland but I love driving by it. It's a beautiful city and it has sweet looking overpasses and bridges.
 

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Portland is so beautiful, and from what i've read, it has got very strict urban planning policies, i love the geography, the architecture, the country, environment friendly city.
One of the best american cities.

I'd live there!
 

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Thanks for the pics indeed! Portland's one of my fave-cities in the United States. My friend used to live there for a while. It sure is an amazing city.
 
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