Portland in the rain

Portland in the rain

Puddletown. It’s an appropriate nickname for Portland as it rains here three out of every four days.

Walking along the Walamette riverfront and around Downtown was all a bit miserable. So we kept drier by visiting the art gallery, the local history museum, the largest independent bookshop in the world and lots of cafes. This is a city with a strong sense of community and lots of raincoats.

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Powell’s City of Books takes up an entire block in the Pearl District. Hilary made a beeline for the large section of feminist books
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Portland is proud of its idiosyncrasies. It’s certainly one of America’s most liberal cities. But this semi-official slogan has its critics – it’s blamed for encouraging under-achievement in the young
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At the Art Gallery, local architects were proposing designs for plywood mini-houses to solve the city’s homeless problem. Surely in the UK we should be thinking about similar pre-fab ideas to bring down new-build prices
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