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Sure, there's Drugstore Cowboy but there was another 1989 film shot in Portland that's chockfull of great imagery.

I remember seeing a poster or an ad that featured Burt Reynolds lounging in his bachelor pad at the Portland Plaza building from a movie still a few years back and then forgot about it. Wait, Burt …
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Murder at the Commonwealth? Nope! Read the update. https://lostoregon.org/…/a-murder-mystery-at-the-commonwea…/

The Commonwealth Building (421 SW 6th Avenue between Washington and Stark Streets), was designed by architect Pietro Belluschi and built between 1944 and 1948. The building was originally known as …
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Did a murder occur in the Commonwealth Building (the Equitable) in the 50s?

The Commonwealth Building (421 SW 6th Avenue between Washington and Stark Streets), was designed by architect Pietro Belluschi and built between 1944 and 1948. The building was originally known as …
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Introducing Built Blocks, my new podcast about cities, architecture, buildings, the built environment and everything in between. (There will definitely be some Oregon and Portland history and building stuff in future episodes!)

My guest for the debut episode is Kim Cooper. We’ll talk about everything from downtown Los Angeles, preservation, The Omega Man, movies shot in LA, and the infamous Skid Row Slasher. She knows her LA history!

Thanks to Amy Devers of the awesome Clever... podcast for walking me through the ins/outs of podcasting and her super helpful suggestions. Also, to Jeudi – she’s my executive producer (she just doesn’t know it – yet.)

Give it a listen, then subscribe please! Next episode is 8/23.

https://itunes.apple.com/…/podca…/built-blocks/id1142434437…

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Q: What smaller cities in Oregon have rejuvenated or are working on their Main streets and are thriving? (Trying to think beyond Portland metro.) Post away!

A quick look at Ecotrust's new project to retrofit a warehouse to help boost regional food production.

If Portland’s Central Eastside is hot now, in the late 50s it was on fire. Literally. Using newspapers and matches, a lone arsonist torched more than 20 warehouses and various properties throughout...
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New on the blog, a look at Ecotrust's new The Redd on Salmon. http://lostoregon.org/…/building-renewal-meets-local-food-…/

If Portland’s Central Eastside is hot now, in the late 50s it was on fire. Literally. Using newspapers and matches, a lone arsonist torched more than 20 warehouses and various properties throughout...
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Old photos of Concord school in Oak Grove needed!

As most of you know the Oak Lodge History Detectives recently voted to support the Concord Partnership -- a group of individuals and community entities interested in preserving the Concord School building and grounds in some fashion.

They are in need of photographs of Concord School, including interior, exterior, old and more current photos. They will be selecting several of these to include with the application to submit Conc...ord School as a "Most Endangered Place" with Restore Oregon.

It is urgent that they obtain these photographs in the next two weeks. If you have photos please, if possible, scan them at least at 300 dpi (600 dpi would be even better) and send them to Mike Schmeer: Gennutt@gmail.com. Or you can post here and we’l make sure Mike gets them.

The Concord Partnership is working hard to represent our community in the effort to save Concord School. But we need your help. This is an opportunity to do just that.

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New on the ol' blog - a look at a Kickstarter campaign to renovate the Jennings Hotel in Joseph, Ore.

There’s a new Kickstarter campaign to renovate The Jennings, a wilted 100-year-old hotel in Joseph, Ore. And the individual behind the campaign, Greg Hennes, has some cool ideas to make the old hot...
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Got a peek at Ecotrust’s new building, the Redd on Salmon Street, today during a CSA/meet-a-farmer event. It's going to be amazing when it's completed/retrofitted in 2016. #CSAShareFair

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Today is the last day to testify (via email or in-person) on the Revitalize Main Street Act! Do it!

Committee Hearing on The REVITALIZE MAIN STREET ACT (SB 565) Set for March 4th The biggest obstacle to the restoration and adaptive reuse of historic buildings is money.
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Looks like some retrofit work at the Dinihanian Building - definitely new signage.

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The Phillip Oatfield house in the Oak Grove area is for sale. According to the listing, "the value is in the land. Possibly 3 lots."

This is the Phillip Oatfield house and maintains the original charm. The garage was the carriage house when the home was originally built. .85 acres n
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New on the blog - a look at a re-purposed 70s bus shelter, now serving coffee.

Portland Mall in 1982 on 6th Ave next to Meier & Frank. Source: Wikipedia When the Portland Bus Mall was unveiled in 1976 along SW 5th and SW 6th streets, shelters that graced the mall were som...
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Portland's mid-90s yellow bike share program - great concept. But what happened to all the bikes? #pdxbikes

Remember that one time back in the mid-90s when Portland had Yellow bikes that anyone could ride? I thought I saw one recently.
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New on the blog!

It’s not news that Portland is experiencing growing pains. No, not the Kirk Cameron kind. Amidst the vegan donuts, artisanal food stores, unicycle mountain biking and the country’s best beer scene ...
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New on the blog - a quick observation on Skylab's new project. We like its googie-ness.

Oregon DJC reported last week (you'll need a subscription to read the article) on the accelerated path that the Burnside Bridgehead project has recently taken. One of the projects, Block 76W, now o...
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