Creative Thinking When Zoning Fails

“Densification” “Infill”…modern words.  These words weren’t part of the vocabulary 25 years ago when we bought this little beach house… Across the street was a heavily wooded lot with huckleberries, salal, shorepines, rhoadies…it looked like this…and birds lived here…”habitat.” For 25 years we rolled up to our house knowing that one day we’d drive in […]

Old School

That’s a phrase now, “old school”…meaning the way things used to be done or even how things used to look.  My brother Doug was here the other night and the talk turned to his blog about a real old school in the Alameda/Alberta district in Portland.  He was writing a blog post about the Old […]

Good News!

On the whole this is NOT a season of good news, though at last the debates are finished.  The other day we noticed that something super-nice is happening downtown though…from the point of view of preservationists like us. The building which housed the S&H green stamp store in the 70’s and 80’s is being restored!  […]