Friday, May 28, 2010

Portland City Walks

I just returned from a short visit to Portland, OR and I relied on the book, Portland City Walks by Laura Foster to get a closer view of the many neighborhoods I've been studying online as part of my research for a possible relocation. This book was a wonderful way to get to know Portland and there are 20 walks covering all four quadrants of Portland plus a couple of the outlying suburbs. I highly recommend it even for locals. There is also a Hill Walks version if you're up for more of a physical challenge.

This was my fourth visit to the City of Roses, but my first visit to Concordia, which includes the Alberta Arts district. I walked the four-mile route with my mother-in-law, a lifelong tree lover and we were particularly taken by the section of NE Ainsworth Street that we covered. What made this section so special is that it was part of the Linear Arboretum,  a "unique museum of street and yard trees planted [by Friends of Trees] beginning in inspire homeowners to plant these seldom-seen varities to increase the city's  species diversity."

It started to rain so I had to protect my camera under my rain jacket. But I did get to capture this one amazing tree. Now if only I could identify it! Sadly, I didn't note the address so I can't use the Friends of Trees link to figure it out!

This program is just one more thing on my list of things to love about Portland.  I did find out while writing this post that my current town has a Tree Ordinance, so that's a start!

Does your town have a similar program to Portland's Friends of Trees? Please give it a shout out in the comments! And if you know the species of this tree, please also let me know in the comments. :)


Kat said...

It's a type of Beech tree, I have forgotten the variety!

Kat said...

Tri-Color Beech

Erin aka Conscious Shopper said...

Raleigh has a program where they'll give people a free tree to plant in the space between the sidewalk and the curb if the person agrees to take care of the tree. Not as cool as Portland!

Kathryn Grace said...

San Francisco has a wonderful program sponsored by the Friends of the Urban Forest who help people in neighborhoods across the city plant about a thousand trees a year. You can feel the difference in a neighborhood with plenty of trees, versus a neighborhood that is primarily concrete and pavement.

I give gratitude for every individual who ever had a thought, wish or whim to plant a tree and acted on it.

knutty knitter said...

Our small city has a complete belt of trees right through it. It is mostly native and is being upgraded at present in some areas. Makes for a very nice place to be.

viv in nz (Dunedin)

Simply Authentic said...

Glad you had a good visit! I'm a Oregonian transplanted to Louisiana until my husband gets out of the Army next year. I have lived in PDX multiple times and loved it---fabulous public transport, eco-minded, and great outdoor opportunities. Sounds like you are making sure to make the transition with an informed decision. Alberta is an amazing area but one that always left me with mixed feelings due to the issue of gentrification--many individuals have been displaced due to increased living costs, etc. Each of the 4 PDX quads (NE, SE, SW, NW) has their own vibe. Lots of fabulous resources and unique things about each one! And I'll definitely have to check that book out when we get back!


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