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On Labor Day 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. Near the Fremont Bridge I returned to the Steel Bridge and walked up river to the Tilikum Bridge, crossed the River and returned to my car.
I couldn’t help but notice the contrasts during my five-mile outing. There were many construction cranes to be seen. E scooters were literally everywhere. But, so were homeless camps and graffiti.
The downtown is clearly going through a transition. Where will it end?
Bikes to rent
Many signs of homeless along the way
Much graffiti to be seen
Rent-to-ride e scooters were ubiquitous