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Moving to Portland in 2016

My daughter of 8 and I are moving to Portland next June and I have looked at the most popular neighborhoods, and the neighborhoods surrounding downtown are more inviting probably because I don't drive however my daughter is into dance so I prefer a school of the arts. I am self employed from home so that is no issue . Can someone advise me on the best places to live and rent also the best schools foe elementary. I am a single parent do I am looking for affordability .

Posted by Faliscia C. Knuckles on July 18, 2015 at 12:09pm — 2 Comments

Best Portland Oregon Hotels - or where to stay when you need to lay your head down at night

If you're traveling to Portland Oregon, either to visit or in preparation for moving there, you need to have a place to stay. Many people stay out at the Portland Airport, making a common mistake in thinking that it is "centrally located to everything."

No... not even close. It can easily take 45-60 minutes in normal traffic to drive the few miles from the airport to downtown. Longer if it is rush…


Posted by Rick Hamell on July 2, 2015 at 3:37pm

Consider Boxing for your new workout

Want to try a new form of exercise that gets you in shape, is fun, and reduces stress?

Fitness boxing at Sweet Science Boxing in the North Portland neighborhood of Kenton is the greatest place for the best boxing workouts in PDX.  We offer 18 classes per week, which include 12 adult and 2 teen boxing classes plus strength & stretch…


Posted by Laurie Gold on March 9, 2015 at 1:51pm

Happy New Year! 2015 Portland Events

Hey, Portlanders!  Happy new year!  It's 2015, and we're kicking off another great year with tons of ideas of fun things to do in Portland! I started the new year with a hike at Upper Macleay Park in Portland.

Here are some featured Portland events in January 2015.  View the Portland…


Posted by Lorri E. on January 4, 2015 at 7:30pm


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Choosing a Neighborhood in Portland 4 Replies

Hi and thanks for reading this, Portlanders!  I live in Cleveland and my sister and I will be moving to Portland--or nearby--this summer.  We would like to live centrally located to the Hawthorne…Continue

Tags: Milwaukie, apartment, Hawthorne, Hawthorne District, Neighborhoods

Started by Jill Huettich in General Portland Discussion. Last reply by Jill Huettich Jul 3.

Neighborhood near max rail for student 1 Reply

Hello Everyone, This is my first post on this forum. I just recently got the notification of acceptance into a grad program I was interested in Hillsboro. As I'm quite unfamiliar with the general…Continue

Tags: nw, sw, apartment, ne, se

Started by Mikey Park in General Portland Discussion. Last reply by Rick Hamell Jul 2.

The skinny on neighborhood differences? 2 Replies

Hi Future Neighbors!Like many others in this discussion, I too am relocating to Portland in July 2014. I visited Portland in January and was able to explore many NE and SE neighborhoods. I will be…Continue

Started by john doney in General Portland Discussion. Last reply by Katie McMahan Nov 7, 2014.

Relocating to Portland 2 Replies

Hi:  My husband and I are relocating to Portland in February.  We are looking for a neighborhood near public transportation.  I will be working in downtown Portland (2nd and Market) and will not have…Continue

Started by Maria Wilks in General Portland Discussion. Last reply by Maria Wilks Jan 31, 2014.



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Best Portland Oregon Hotels - or where to stay when you need to lay your head down at night

If you're traveling to Portland Oregon, either to visit or in preparation for moving there, you need to have a place to stay. Many people stay out at the Portland Airport, making a common mistake in thinking that it is "centrally located to everything."No... not even close. It can easily take 45-60 minutes in normal traffic to drive the few miles from the airport to downtown. Longer if it is rush hour. The best bet…See More
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Vidya Spandana to speak at TechfestNW

Vidya Spandana didn’t aim low when she first started trying to make government more efficient. She took on the Department of Motor Vehicles.

Her creation, DMV.org—which took her college years and a good portion of her 20s—would have been far easier to create today. 16 years ago, we didn’t have much of a focus on making public data publicly accessible with APIs, nor did we have simple-to-deploy website solutions like WordPress. Spandana and team built it all, from the ground up.

Her next project was a technically simpler, but far more dangerous. CrisisNET uses data scraped from crisis zones for first responders and journalists on the ground, allowing them to spend more time helping or getting the word out and less time collecting and parsing information. When CrisisNET revealed where Syrian rail bombers were most likely to strike and the analysis turned out to be as accurate as the CIA’s own intel, the world noticed.

Spandana, who served as a presidential innovation fellow in 2013, learned that people want the insight that her data collection methods and API produce, not the technology itself. So, she moved away from the non-profit CrisisNet and earlier this year founded Popily, a cloud tool that analyzes data.  In one example, a spreadsheet of information on Portland’s heritage trees reveals thousands of visualizations Popily thinks might be useful. Users can quickly sift through them to pick out options such as heritage trees by location, average size of each leaf, or ground covered by each tree’s shade.

Born in Visakhapatnam, India, Spandana  knows life is about more than data, and that people are more than data points.
“Staying connected to local people doing real life things…is a profound grounding piece to mental and emotional stability,” Spandana tells us. “The human side is just as important as the machine side.”

Spandana, who will be speaking at TFNW on how tech can be used to build a stronger democracy, says that participation in public services by private citizens is key.
“Participation is critical because democracy is critical,” Spandana says, adding that
her next project is a design school focused on inclusion, built for and by the design community in Portland.

Until then, Spandana will continue to do what she does most days, which is use Slack and text messaging to keep up with her Popily team, have fun making progress and moving forward in the world, and evangelizing tech literacy in diverse groups, especially minority and other under-represented populations.

Art School Dropouts and Best Picture Veterans Take on the 48 Hour Film Project

Making a feature film normally takes months, years, a decade if you're James Cameron.

48 hours is all you get as a team for Portland's 11th Annual 48-Hour Film Project. This weekend, 43 groups of creatives of creatives will make a feature that could win a screening at PIFF.

Prompts with three required elements—a character, a prop and dialogue—will be handed out to the groups of iPhone amateurs and award-winning pros at Alberta Street's American Legion community hall tonight. But most teams have already been working.

We'll be following three groups on the WW blog. 

Meet Man V. Film, Team Wolf, and Lovely Numb:


"This is an exercise in time management." —Team leader Erich Demerath. 

Man vs. Film members, pre-festival meeting at the Lucky Labrador Pub.

At their third and final meeting at The Lucky Labrador, Man vs. Film leader Erich Demerath doles out responsibilities. The 48 Hour Film Festival veteran won "Best Picture" twice at the international festival de Cannes for films he edited and this is his eighth time as writer, director, and executive producer of his own mob of mini-moviemakers. They're a mix of old hands and novices, some up from Hood River just for the weekend. As the evening winds down, Demerath reminds his team to get some sleep while they still can. JAY HORTON.


"We’re trying to build a few props, get karaoke practice in—just in case we get musical—and we are are very excited!” —Director Erin Lyon 

Team Wolf celebrates at The High Dive after the October 2014 Horror Festival. 

Team Wolf's members are straight out of the Portland pool of service industry workers and art school dropouts. The creative crew is led by Erin Lyon, who sourced from her coworkers, friends and anyone that would work for beer. They're a team that's ready for anything, including some song-and-dance numbers, she says. AMY WOLFE.


"Be prepared for some cultic ritual shit. Pre-production may involve a seance & voodoo curses on our competition."—Director Christoff Molesworth. 

Lovely Numb on the set of their film, "The Suicide"

In 2004, Christoff Molesworth and his brother JR Molestworth started the dark humor production company Lovely Numb Films. When JR was sentenced to 6 ½ years in prison for an unarmed robbery, Christoff took over, using scripts his brother mailed him from jail. The creative arrangement worked well: Christoff’s animated superhero shorts about Frogman (2012) were featured on OPB and the black-and-white More won the Best Use of Genre award at 2013's 48-Hour Film Festival. Now free, JR is busy meeting publishers for the pulp detective novels he wrote in jail, but the rest of Lovely Numb is ready for anything. ALLIE DONAHUE.

GO: Film submissions will screen at Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd., 7 pm Wednesday, August 5 and 7 pm and 9:15 pm Thursday, August 6. $9.

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