Introducing: Small-Scale City

Hi Lost Oregon fans! I’ve launched a new blog called Small-Scale City. Why? Well, it lets me focus on daily, weekly real estate and development news around the Portland metro area, mostly around Central Eastside, SE, and down to the southern burbs, like Milwaukie. And, of course, there’s a huge focus on adaptive reuse and […]

An interesting occurrence on NE Alberta

“Hey! You can’t take pictures of my building!” I heard that phrase, repeated, as I was, well, shooting a picture of a building on NE Alberta last Saturday with my daughter. This time of the year is perfect for shooting pics of buildings. The leaves are gone, revealing structures, details, hidden gems that are usually […]

Ralph Friedman disses Milwaukie, Ore.

Update 6/14/18: The Skulason home is for sale at $1.6 million. Marketing materials state clearly, as required: The house could be demolished. Could be. Hopefully not. Watching this one. If you’ve never read Ralph Friedman’s books, get to it. His first self-published (before it was called DIY) book, Oregon For the Curious, cost $1.95 in 1965 and […]

Illuminating ‘ghost signs’ with glorious light

Last February we attended the premiere Portland Winter Light Festival at OMSI. The outdoor celebration promised to illuminate “Portland’s waterfront through contemporary light-based art installations, engaging performance, and fun activities for all ages.”  We thought it’d be a mellow affair. Ya know, stroll around and look at some light installations. Not quite. It was packed. […]

Year-end review and introducing a podcast

Every blogger does a “best of” post every year. Except me. That’s because you have need a handful of posts to choose from and highlight. For 2016, I wrote …two. Yeah, that’s right. Two whopping posts. It’s not that I don’t care about Oregon or Portland history any longer. I’ve been doing this blog for […]

That other gritty 1989 movie shot in Portland

I remember seeing a poster or an ad that featured Burt Reynolds lounging in his bachelor pad at the Portland Plaza building from a movie still a few years back and then forgot about it. Wait, Burt Reynolds shot a film in Portland? Indeed he did. It’s called “Breaking In.” I’m ashamed I’ve never heard […]