Portland facts - part 2
CITY OF BOOKS, BEER, BIKES AND BLOOMS
As Portland, Oregon’s 25-year vision plan elegantly notes “vibrant, diverse neighborhoods are home to all manner of people, but it’s the other things that give a place its soul – the cafes and markets, the art, parks, plazas, vistas and sanctuaries.” Portland’s districts do indeed possess distinct personalities, which is perhaps unusual for a relatively small city. The artistic Pearl District, sophisticated Nob Hill and bohemian Hawthorne are just a few neighborhoods that consistently draw enthusiastic crowds of visitors.
In Portland heeft men met visie een 25 jaren plan neergeschreven waarin men streeft naar leefbare buurten waar iedereen zich thuis voelt in de cafe’s markten, musea, parken en pleinen. De verschillende districten van Portland hebben elk hun eigen persoonlijkheid, wat misschien ongewoon is voor een kleine stad. Het artistieke Pearl District, het gesofistikeerde Nob Hill en het boheemse Hawtorne zijn maar enkele van de buurten waar er constant massa’s bezoekers naar toe trekken.
Within these districts, the “Rose City’s” culture simmers in hip coffeehouses, Native American art galleries, ubiquitous bookstores and lively brewpubs. Like much of Portland, these areas encourage exploration on foot.
A slow, relaxed pace is the best way to people-watch, window shop and see the sites. Built on a European model, Portland is indeed a walker’s paradise. The city’s streets, which feature statues, fountains and half-size city blocks, prompted Portland’s selection in 1998 as one of America’s best walking towns by Walking Magazine. Some historians claim that Portland’s people-friendly city blocks were designed by greedy developers who wanted to create more corner lots, which fetched the highest sales prices. Others, however, insist that the shorter blocks were specifically designed so that more natural light would fall down to the street level.