Thursday, October 8, 2009

South Park Blocks

Many times during the month I have an occasion that brings me to Portland's South Park Blocks. The Park Blocks are 11 narrow blocks in the middle of downtown Portland on the west side of the Willamette River.

In this district you find The Portland Art Museum, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Performing Arts Center and Oregon Historical Society. On the south end of the park is Portland State University and along the edges are a handful of the oldest churches in the city.

To say that this area has a diverse mixture of people, places, and events is an understatement.

Like any city park, there is a blend of interesting people on any given day. 

Yesterday I briefly walked through the Farmer's Market that's held each Wednesday until the 28th.


The sausages were grilling...

 The coffee was brewing...

And the music was playing.


I just wanted to give you a quick look at this part of downtown Portland. Stay tuned for more from The Park Blocks in the future.


  1. Thanks for the tour. I really like Portland, and the Farmers Market looks vibrant!

  2. Lance,

    Thanks for visiting and for commenting. The next time you're down this way please let me know.


  3. Mike:

    Portland looks like a very nice environmentally friendly city, well maintained. It's almost a shame that we always bypass when we are in the area. We usually go to Longview then head for the coast, or take hwy 97 down to the gorge and head south or east.
    It still looks warm down there.

    bobskoot: wet coast scootin

  4. Bob,

    I think you'd be pleasantly surprised with downtown Portland. It's a big city with a small town atmosphere. If you can spare some time next time you come this way please let me know.

    And yes, today has been unseasonable warm. It's been showery but we're expecting a big cell of moisture to mix with tropical air coming from the south. They're talking about 2-5 inches of rain in the next couple of days. Too much rain for riding...