August 30th, 2001

City of Roses, How I Love Thee

Fair Portland, City of Roses

Top: Skyline of the Portland Waterfront at dusk.
Middle: View of Mt. Hood at sunset, with downtown Portland in the foreground.
Bottom: The infamous Portland sign at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

How I do love this city of mine! On this sunny day, one of the last we'll have before rainy autumn sets in, I've been thinking about all the wonderful things I love about this city. I found a nice website that actually does Portland justice...look HERE.

Things I love about Portland:
  • All the unique and lovely bridges crossing the Willamette River.
  • The annual Rose Festival every June, and how a big city can feel like a small community.
  • Our magnificent Portlandia statue, the 2nd largest in the world (only the Statue of Liberty is bigger).
  • You can legally play in every single public fountain in downtown Portland (my favorite are the huge waterfalls at Four Corners Park).
  • Powell's Bookstore. Yes, we have the largest independent bookstore in the world, and yes, it IS that cool. Check them out at Powell's Books.
  • The fact that we haven't torn down all our old buildings to build new ones...and all the history it lends to our city.
  • The Oregon Zoo, where the worlds largest Asian elephant herd lives (and one of my favorite haunts in this city).
  • Washington Park and the Rose Garden....the most magnificent views of Portland can be seen from up there, and I love that I can go there and wander through the roses for free, anytime I feel like it.
  • That people here are NICE!
  • Rain.
  • McMenamins.
  • Park blocks.
  • Mayor Vera Katz.
  • No sales tax.
  • One of the best, and classiest, public transportation systems in the US.

    There are so many more things I love....but I shall leave you with that.

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