• Shelli's & Susan's Guide to Portland

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    Welcome to our website about the Portland, Oregon, metropolitan area. It's our way of helping you become acquainted with the neighborhoods and communities of the Portland metro area and to inform you about the Portland area housing market. Your comments and suggestions about the website are always welcome. 

    If you have questions or if you're interested in buying or selling a home in the Portland area, contact us online or call Shelli at (503) 497-5061 or Susan at (503) 497-2984.

    Shelli Gowdy — Real Estate Broker
    Susan Marthens —  Principal Real Estate Broker/CRS GRI



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    Vic Remmers, Eastmoreland represent opposing sides of density debate 

    24 June — Twenty to 30 police officers arrived to the scene. Protesters lined the streets. Shouts of "This is wrong!" and "Where's [Portland Mayor Charlie] Hales?" rang out. A law enforcement official gave orders over a loudspeaker. Onlookers applauded in support of the demonstration. It's been nine months since the situation unfolded on Southeast Martins Street, near Southeast 36th Avenue, where protesters banded together to save three massive sequoia trees from infill development. Pitted against each other were the two characters that have come to symbolize Portland's debate over growth: developer Vic Remmers, who demolished an existing home and wanted to chop the trees down to build two more; and the Eastmoreland neighborhood, whose residents fought desperately to save the sequoias.  Read more... 

    Shipping container not headed to Port? Could end up in your yard

    23 June — A company entering the Portland market might be able to make use of all the shipping containers not being loaded or unloaded at the Port of Portland. But the firm won't be stacking containers onto ocean carriers or Columbia River barges. The company, called Montainer, wants to drop them into Portlanders' backyards as an alternative form of housing. "We really started the company to make homeownership more attainable," said Patrick Collins, chief executive at Montainer, based in Missoula, Montana.  Read more...  

    Portland’s new 2035 Comprehensive Plan adopted

    24 June — Last week, the Portland City Council adopted the city’s new Comprehensive Plan. Nearly nine years in the making, the development of this new plan involved three mayors, dozens of advisory committees and tens of thousands of community members. And nearly half our bureau. It’s a big deal. When we first set out to develop a new comp plan, we looked around the world for the best plans we could find. And what we found were plans that focused on the usual land use, transportation, housing, streets and sewers.  Read more...


    Backers of initiative to boost Oregon's high school graduation rate turn in 125,000 signatures

    24 June — Backers of an initiative designed to boost Oregon's low high school graduation rate on Thursday turned in what they say are more than enough signatures to qualify the measure for the November ballot. Their proposal, labeled Initiative Petition 65 for now, would earmark state funding that would have been spent on other things to give high schools an average of $800 per student to spend on approaches that backers say will help more students graduate.  Read more...

    'I try to keep doing what I love'

    24 June — Singer-songwriter Jerry Joseph is liable to show up just about anywhere. “I like to spend a lot of time at out-of-the-way places,” he says, and his travels certainly back that up. Joseph has performed all around the globe, including concerts in Afghanistan, Lebanon and Southeast Asia. “I try to keep doing what I love,” he says. On Saturday night, Joseph will do just that — but this time, he’s staying closer to his home in Portland. He’ll take the stage, along with his band The Jackmormons, at 7:30 p.m. in George Rogers Park as part of the 53rd-annual Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts.  Read more...

    Slight chance rain has cherry growers, pickers frantic

    24 June — The limbs of Central Washington’s cherry trees are heavy with ripe fruit. In Moxee, crews are scrambling to bring in a harvest while the skies are clear and the weather is dry. The National Weather Service predicts a 20 percent chance of rain by the end of the week. Slim, but It’s making fourth-generation Yakima Valley grower Mark Roy nervous. Rain water gathers in the little bowl around the stem of the cherry. The fruit can only absorb so much, so eventually its skin splits. “So, you’ve nurtured this crop all year long, pruned it, fertilized it, irrigated it and the last minutes before harvest, basically, maybe a day or two before, you get dumped on with water and your crop is gone,” Roy said.  Read more...

    Oregon has 7th highest rate in nation of African-American incarceration

    24 June — A new report from The Sentencing Project in Washington, D.C., shows that Oregon has the seventh highest rate in the country of African-American people incarcerated in its state prisons. The report said 2,061 black Oregonians are incarcerated per 100,000 black residents. That translates to Oregon’s rate being 46 percent higher than the national average. In comparison, Oklahoma has the highest rate in the nation. The report shows 2,625 black people incarcerated per 100,000 black residents, while Hawaii has the lowest, at 585 people.  “We have a lot of work to do here in Oregon when it comes to addressing racial and ethnic disparities in our criminal justice system,” said Bobbin Singh, executive director of the Oregon Justice Resource Center, a nonprofit group in Portland.  Read more...

    Legendary salesman Bill Porter's final resting place just a series of numbers, for now

    24 June — The woman in the front office sent me down the road, telling me to take the third entrance to the cemetery, pointing to a map that directed me to Section W, Lot 3260, grave No. 6. And so I went looking for Bill Porter. I walked the hill, but found only a wide swath of grass. If Bill was here, he was hiding. It made sense. He'd lived in anonymity until he reluctantly agreed to talk with me back in 1995. At the time, Bill was 63 and lived in Northeast Portland. I'd learned he was a door-to-door salesman and I figured I'd do a funny feature on the rejections he received while peddling his wares from J.R. Watkins, a company based in Minnesota. Company officials gave me Bill's number, but told me he had cerebral palsy and spoke and walked with great difficulty.  Read more...

    How to test for lead in your water and what to do if you find it

    24 June — If you are concerned about recent lead testing news, you can request a free lead testing kit if you are in several local districts. Here is the link for many Multnomah County water districts. Or call 503-988-4000 to request a kit. Officials warn the increased demand has created some delays. There are other sources for lead test kits as well. Here is detailed information from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: What can I do to reduce or eliminate lead in my tap water? If your tap water contains lead at levels exceeding EPA's action level of 15 ppb, you should take action to minimize your exposure to the lead in the water.   Read more...

    Pot tax for clean air? Portland's heady plan moves to November ballot

    23 June — Portland Commissioner Amanda Fritz wore a special outfit to Wednesday's public hearing to send a marijuana tax to voters this fall. Her green shirt represented weed. The gold jacket? Money. And in a haze of hope, the Portland City Council voted unanimously to place a pot tax on the Nov. 8 ballot – already with some heady ideas about how to spend tax dollars. If approved by voters, the ballot measure would establish a 3 percent tax on recreational marijuana sales that could conservatively raise an estimated $3 million to $5 million a year for Portland, according to the city budget office.  Read more... 

    Founders of Oregon Dress for Success become 'First Citizens'

    23 June — They founded an organization that’s helped 25,000 Portland-area women overcome life’s problems, gain self-esteem, get jobs and build community. So, naturally, Barb Attridge and Karen Fishel deserve to be named together as the Portland Metropolitan Association of Realtors’ 2016 Portland First Citizens. The two women founded Dress for Success Oregon 18 years ago. They’ve changed women’s lives and helped them live independently as productive people. How? One step at a time. First, they collected donated clothes in Fishel’s closets spilling out into her driveway. They worked for free and paid expenses out of their own pockets. They operated in a 900-square-foot storefront at Northwest 14th Avenue and Kearney Street.  Read more...