We're All Worthy of Love and Respect—Even You and Me.

Recently, I had the privilege of participating in a fascinating discussion about our responsibility to small, local businesses. If they disappoint or upset us, is it okay for us to flame them in a review or shame them on social media? Or is it better to address the issue privately with the owner via email, phone, or just do the old-fashioned thing and jaw it up in person? What if we don’t agree with a business more...

Portland Women Who Kick Ass: Tamara Young

I'm fortunate to know some kick-ass women who happen to own small, independent businesses in Portland. They've all been burned and risen from the ashes in some way or another, and I'm inspired by them—and you may be as well—because the lessons they’ve learned are relatable, whether you’re a business owner, stay-at-home mom, unemployed, or whatever sitch you find yourself in. If more...

5 Traits That Will Turn Your Neighborhood Bar Into Your Crush

Why We Fall in Love With Our Neighborhood Bar

Why We Fall in Love With Our Neighborhood Bar

If you’ve lived in Portland for any time at all, you’re probably intimately familiar with the listicle and the local media’s somewhat exhausting obsession with defining the best things in town. If you’re like me, you read these lists and very rarely agree with what’s on them because it’s your collective experience that defines what’s best—not anyone else’s. One more...

There's just more to it than which place is better

4 Differences Between North and NW Portland

4 Differences Between North and NW Portland

Have you ever wondered if there’s any real difference between living in North and NW Portland? Oh sure, people will say one part of town is better than the other, but after moving from the Pearl District to Arbor Lodge, I’ve spotted some tangible, discernible lifestyle differences. The driver of the differences appears to revolve around housing stock and density: NW Portland is a high-density mix of more...

You're gonna love riding an e-bike around the Rose City

Rent Me: I Am Electric and Fun!

Rent Me: I Am Electric and Fun!

Looking for a battery-operated good time with an enthusiastic guide? Then you’re gonna love riding an electric bicycle around the Rose City with Portland Adventure Tours (PAT). A couple of weeks ago, my friend Sarah Bott, owner and operator of PAT, invited me to ride along on an e-bike tour of the city. I had never ridden an e-bike before and, as it turns out, it’s a really fun, easy way to traverse the more...

"The little things are infinitely the most important."

Finding Joy in the Little Things Defines the Portland Experience

Finding Joy in the Little Things Defines the Portland Experience

After a decade of writing about Portland neighborhoods, people often ask me if I'm tired of it—especially given the recent changes in my life. The short answer: No. Actually, I'm falling in love with Portland and Neighborhood Notesall over again because my heart is full of gratitude for the people I'm meeting, the experiences I'm having, and this glorious townI'm living in. You're part more...

A change in zip code can yield surprising results.

New Neighborhood. Same Girl. Different Perception?!

New Neighborhood. Same Girl. Different Perception?!

How do you respond when people ask: “Where do you live?” And how do they respond when you tell them? Before I even made the move to Arbor Lodge from the Pearl District, I noticed something that was a real head-scratcher: People reacted to me differently based on where I said I lived/would be living. It didn’t occur to me that people would perceive and treat me differently based on my zip code. I more...

There Goes the Neighborhood

A lot can change in 10 years. Relationships begin and end. Businesses evolve. Addresses change. And if you’re like me, you shake everything up at once. The way I see it, if you’re gonna start over, you might as well make life a total shit show, because when you emerge from the ashes, the changes should be dramatic. Over a decade ago, I created Neighborhood Notes as a means of exploring my new more...

Where to Happy Hour in Portland: Leisure Public House

Many are the joints in this town that have us scrambling from all quadrants of the city just to check out what’s shiny and new. That means that lots of worthy joints don’t get the kind of attention they deserve, save from the neighbors who live around the corner. To them, their neighborhood bar is both a place to grab a drink and snack while meeting up with friends on a Friday night as well as a spot to more...

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