Portland Reds

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On SE 3rd Ave in Portland's Central Eastside Industrial District. Different scenes, but similar color and geometry.

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Portland Pawn and Parking

Central Eastside Industrial District, on MLK Jr Blvd and under the approach to the Morrison Bridge. Click photos to enlarge them.

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Portland Parking Places

Central Eastside Industrial District. Click photos to enlarge them.

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Motorcycle Dealership

Central Eastside Industrial District in Portland, corner of SE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd and SE Ash St. Part of the proposed redevelopment area. Click photos to enlarge them.

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East-Side Development: A Dumbell with Tattoos

At the east end of the Burnside Bridge over the Willamette River in Portland lies a block-sized vacant lock. A billboard on the site advertises it as the future home of the Fair-Haired Dumbell, a rather bizarre-looking duplex building. An article in a real estate magazine tells that the building will hold open floors intended for tech startups. It envisions Portland as San Francisco's successor as a high-tech mecca, but obviously with a little Portlandia whimsy thrown into the mix. Click photos to enlarge them.

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Central Eastside Industrial District

In Portland, Oregon we live in the Pearl District on the west side of the Willamette River just north of downtown. It used to be full of warehouses and industrial facilities; now it's been substantially redeveloped into nice condos, restaurants, art galleries, and trendy shops. We love it here!

Along the east bank of the Willamette, more or less across from downtown, is an area much like the Pearl used to be. It's called the Central Eastside Industrial District (CEID), and there are serious discussions about redeveloping it into a much more upscale, highly populated area. This raises important issues about increase in population density and auto traffic, gentrification, displacement of businesses and lower income people, etc.

Without taking sides, I thought it would be interesting (and a good hike) to walk over the Burnside Bridge to the CEID, and take some urban landscape photos. I'll be going back, but in the next few days I'll be posting pictures from the first batch. Click photos to enlarge them.

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Portland Puddle

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