Portland Waterfront, 1935


Originally posted on Vintage Portland:

This aerial from 1935, gives us a great view of the ships arriving at the Portland waterfront for the rose festival. In this image we see the old (second) Morrison Bridge, the Burnside Bridge, and the Steel Bridge. This is a wonderful example of what the waterfront once looked like before the waterfront park existed.

Aerial view of ships arriving for the Rose Festival in downtown Portland, 1935 : A2005-005.1396.3

Aerial view of ships arriving for the Rose Festival in downtown Portland, 1935 : A2005-005.1396.3

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Nu Food Products


Originally posted on Vintage Portland:

This photograph was captured at Nu Food Products kitchen located at 5757 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Here we have an interior view of the work area with four workers. The date of this image is circa 1931.

Interior view of the kitchen at Nu Food Products  on 5757 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, circa 1931 : A2008-001.45

Interior view of the kitchen at Nu Food Products on 5757 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, circa 1931 : A2008-001.45

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Guilds Lake Clean Up, 1944


Originally posted on Vintage Portland:

In this image we see children and recreation directors gathered with garbage cans and bundles of paper for Guilds Lake Clean Up week. This photograph was taken on July 28, 1944 as a part of the Housing Authority of Portland series of photos documenting life in the various housing units.

Guilds Lake housing clean up, circa 1944 : A2001-025.227

Guilds Lake housing clean up, 1944 : A2001-025.227

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Current Mortgage Rates Put Millions Of Homeowners “In The Money”


Originally posted on BEN LeBRUN:

CURRENT MORTGAGE RATES “IN THE MONEY” FOR MILLIONS

Current mortgage rates are at their lowest levels of 2014, and at a 15-month best. Along with rising home values, it’s an excellent time to buy a home or refinance one.

Recent data shows that the number of home buyers greatly outnumbers existing homeowners looking to save money via refinance. It’s a strange observation considering that the typical refinancing household saved close to 30% via refinance last quarter.

At today’s mortgage rates, millions of U.S. homeowners remain “in the money” to refinance. Yet, purchase activity will likely outpace refinancing through the end of 2014 and into 2015.

Rents are rising faster than home prices, shifting the math of “Buy vs Rent”.

REFINANCE TO CANCEL FHA MIP, SAVE 30%, OR OTHER

Purchase mortgage closings market share two percentage points in July as compared to the month prior, according to data from mortgage origination software provider Ellie Mae.

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The Number Man, 1930


Originally posted on Vintage Portland:

The number man is standing close to the Harbor Wall near Davis St., with the Steel Bridge in the background to the north. The structures on the left side of the image are on Front Ave.

Steel Bridge, 1930 :  A2009-009.2540

Steel Bridge, 1930 : A2009-009.2540

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The John Antonio House


Originally posted on Eliot Neighborhood:

Historic Homes & Buildings: The John Antonio House
The Second Oldest House in Eliot

The John Antonio House

The John Antonio House on NE Tillamook with snow in January 2007

There is one small old house tucked away inside our architecturally diverse neighborhood that could escape being noticed during a walk. It is not a fancy Victorian-era house loaded with gingerbread but a simple cottage with a shallow bay window in front. The Antonio Cottage can be found in the middle of the block on the south aide of NE Tillamook between Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. and NE 7th Avenue at number 528. The house sits on one of the earliest blocks developed when the “Townsite of Albina” was laid out in 1873. Research has revealed that this is the second oldest structure known in our neighborhood.

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Portland’s Fair Housing Act leads to subsidized segregation (is this legal?)


Originally posted on WILL BENNETT | Special Interests:

Portland’s Failure to supportFair Housing Actleads to subsidized segregation (is this legal?)

Portland’s Fair Housing Act leads to subsidized segregation

Locked Out The Oregonian’s Brad Schmidt spent months analyzing data and interviewing experts for this series on the failure of local governments and agencies to fulfill a fundamental goal of the nation’s 44-year-old Fair Housing Act: to give everyone, regardless of color, a fair shot at living in a decent neighborhood. Schmidt’s investigation found that taxpayer money meant to help break down segregation and poverty is instead reinforcing it. Housing is subsidized in the poorest neighborhoods and often in areas with above-average minority populations. And few poor people and people of color get to live in desirable communities such as inner Southeast Portland and Lake Oswego

VIDEO: Brad Schmidt on this series

The Oregonian met resistance in seeking public records for this series. Portland Housing Bureau…

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