I visited the Pearl District twice this week. Once by accident and once intentionally. I need some time to digest everything I’m seeing and experiencing. Later I will write a series of posts on gardens and inspiration, but for now this image seems to sum up the unusual urbanism I’ve experienced so far. Although it’s not a typical picture of Portland, this image says it all for me. I would describe Portland as determined, tolerant, activist, whimsical, young, handmade and self propelled.