Tag Archives: Portland

Historic Preservation, Unusual Artifacts, and the Big Preservation Question

Historic preservation is difficult under even the most ideal conditions, but it is all the more difficult when the subject is—important or not—odd or obscure. Thus we have the case of the last dual gauge streetcar track in Portland. Its … Continue reading

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Getting to know dead people

Being a writer with a strong interest in the region’s history, I find myself running across certain names with great repetition. It is hard, for example, not to read about the Ladds in Portland, or John McLoughlin in the pre-territory … Continue reading

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Upcoming: Presentation on the Mount Tabor streetcar line

Interested in the past, present, and future of streetcars in Portland? Since late last year, the Architectural Heritage Center has been celebrating the city’s streetcars, first with “Streetcars Build a City”, an exhibit of streetcar artifacts, as well as with … Continue reading

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2012 Ten Favorite Images

As 2012 rolls to a close, it’s time once again to look back at the year’s photography. I’ve been doing this for five years, so this is the sixth time for the review. The exercise is rather interesting for me, … Continue reading

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Announcement: Presentation on railroad architecture in Portland!

Interested in architecture, the history of American expansion, the Gilded Age, or rail transportation? If so, consider yourself invited to attend Railroad Architecture and the Northwest: Economics, Ethos, and Culture, an educational program given by me at the Architectural Heritage … Continue reading

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2011: Ten Best Images

It’s almost the end of the year again, and with most of my photography is done, it is once again time to look back and pick out the ten best images of the year. “Best” is, of course, a rather … Continue reading

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Recent publications update

Fresh from the post and the printers: the “Portland Switching District Project: An Overview” in the National Railroad Historical Society Bulletin It’s been a busy spring, and there’s a few more publications to add to the list. First up: “The … Continue reading

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It’s a wrap!

Last friday, my first photography exhibit wrapped up at the City Club of Portland. The exhibit, a preview of a planned larger display next year, was built around my Portland Switching District Project. Now that it’s completed its run, I … Continue reading

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Another publication… or dozen… or more.

I was updating my comprehensive publications list over at civics21.org and it really hit home to me, this year has been one of a lot of writing. There are, so far, 21 bylines from 2011 alone, and the year is … Continue reading

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Trimet: Time for some sobriety

Over the last year or so — and especially lately — there’s been a lot of rhetoric tossed around over TriMet. Between a bad editorial, a near-miss on a labor action, and lots of Internet drama, I think it’s time … Continue reading

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