A Visit to Portlandia


Watching some commercials about the TV series Portlandia, I felt inspired to take some photos of Downtown Portland. I parked at the Oregon Museum of Science & Industry on the east side of the Willamette River.

Walking north I soon reached the Hawthorne Bridge where the Vera Katz Eastbank Esplanade begins. The Esplanade extends 1 1/2 miles and includes a floating walkway, the longest one of its kind in the United States. At the Steel Bridge, the north end of the Esplanade, there is a walkway under the Bridge only 30 feet above the Willamette River.

Upon reaching the west bank of the River, I turned north following a wooden pathway next to the condos along the River. On the other side of the River there were unloaded sea-going vessels, tug boats and many other signs of commercial activities. It provided a good historic sense of the industrial foundation of the city, and a nice reminder that Portland remains a busy deep-water port.

Near the Fremont Bridge I began a loop through the Pearl District before returning to the River. The Pearl is always interesting. It’s a taxpayer-subsidized reclamation of an old industrial district. It’s become one of the more trendy locations in Portlandia. It’s a combination of bike lanes, lightrail, condos, one-way streets, little parking, upscale eating establishments and art galleries.

After reaching the River, I began the loop back to OMSI enjoying the views along the way. During the walk seven bridges could be seen; Marquam, Hawthorne, Morrison, Burnside, Steel, Broadway and Fremont from south to north. I suppose that is why Portland is sometimes called the City of Bridges.

All in all, it was a pleasant 4 1/2 mile outing.

Maple Leaf

Maple Leaf

I shared the Esplanade with walkers and runners, but few bicyclists

I shared the Esplanade with walkers and runners, but few bicyclists

Pensive Seagull

Seagull asleep at the wheel

Only in Portlandia (right area is a dedicated bicycle lane and the car is in a marked parallel parking spot

Only in Portlandia (right area is a dedicated bicycle lane and the car is in a marked parallel parking spot)

Why is it called Big Pink?

Why is it called Big Pink?

Burnside Bridge

Burnside Bridge

Not all the old buildings in the Pearl District have been reclaimed

Not all the old buildings in the Pearl District have been reclaimed

Portland in a nutshell (Frieght train on bottom and subsidized lightrail for public transit on top

Portland in a nutshell (Working freight train on bottom and subsidized lightrail for public transit on top)

Growing issue (folks throwing down anchor and living in their boats)

Growing issue (pirates throwing down anchor and living in their boats)

Walkway under Steel Bridge open to allow vessel to pass through

Walkway under Steel Bridge opened to allow a vessel to pass through

Lightrail in the Pearl

Lightrail in the Pearl

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