SE 82nd & Powell, 1939


Vintage Portland

It appears the Anderson’s Food Market staff is cleaning sidewalks and stocking produce for another business day at SE 82nd & Powell in 1939 1937. Parking a delivery truck at the curb in those days didn’t seem to be a traffic problem like it would today. We’re looking south on 82nd here.

NOTE: Other photos of this area indicate this dates to 1937, not 1939.

A2005-001.511 SE Powell and 82nd south 1939(City of Portland Archives)

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The Letter of Explanation


Have you been asked by your mortgage lender during the underwriting process to write a letter of explanation (LOX) and don’t know where to begin?  You might have an overdraft fee on your bank account ( or NSF // non-sufficient funds), a late payment or two on your credit report, a different address on your bank statements than your current mailing address, or a deposit to your bank account that needs to be sourced.

Here’s the basic structure you can follow when crafting your LOX:

  1. Greeting and date
  2. Cite the incident with all applicable identifying information (date, last four numbers of the account number, institution/creditor)
  3. Explanation/solution/what has been done to improve the situation and prevent future occurrences
  4. If requested, supply appropriate documentation (cancelled checks, proof of payment, etc.)
  5. Closing

SAMPLE LETTER OF EXPLANATION:

4/29/2013

Re: Mortgage Application

Dear Sir or Madam:

Below are the explanations you have requested in…

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Hollywood takes Portland by Storm


Eliot Neighborhood

Lights, Camera, Put a Bird on It

By Annie Rudwick

Growing up in Northbrook, Illinois, the hometown of director John Hughes, I was lucky enough to have “Save Ferris” painted on my water tower and iconic films “Sixteen Candles,” “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” and “The Breakfast Club” filmed in my town and at my high school. As a kid, it was my claim to fame, and as an adult, not much has changed. It is the best and easiest way to define my hometown.

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How To Have the Best Garage Sale Ever At Your Home, by Steph Noble


It’s getting close to that time of year again — time to have a garage sale at your home!

Here are a few tips to help you have your most successful garage sale ever.

Advertise Your Sale In Local Newspapers And Online

Many of the habitual Saturday morning garage sale patrons use the paper to plan their treasure hunts.

They do this to make sure they hit all of the sales in certain neighborhoods.

In the ad, mention your home address, date and time of your garage sale and any big or popular items you’ll be selling.

Open Your Sale Early

It’s best to open early, such as around seven in the morning a sales tend to taper off in the afternoon.

Don’t disappoint early shoppers who are typically your best buyers.

They have a busy schedule and a lot of stops to hit.

Open on time or even a few minutes before the time you advertised.

Make Plenty Of Signs To Guide Customers In

If your yard is difficult to see or is not on a main road, be sure to post signs pointing the way.

If allowed, attach a few balloons to it which will catch the attention of passing motorists.

Have Everything Labeled With Reasonable Prices

You’ll get some customers who try to haggle, but for most customers, not knowing the prices is a quick way to have them moving on to another sale.

Keep in mind that these shoppers are looking for a bargain and price accordingly.

You can individually label each item, or use an easily readable color-coded chart.

For instance, a blue sticker means 25 cents, red stickers mean 50 cents and yellow stickers mean $1.

Offer Specials At Different Points During The Garage Sale 

You can offer a 2-for-1 sale or a twenty percent off special.

At the end of the day, you may want to have an unadvertised special such as fill a bag for $1 to get rid of as much as possible.

It’s always a good idea to have a “free box” for items that are already low-priced and don’t move during the first half of the sale.

Donate Leftovers

Make your life easier and do something for others by donating any items that don’t sell.

If you plan carefully, you can schedule a pick up by your local charitable organization at the end of your garage sale.

Garage sales are a great way to get the clutter and unused collection of items out of your house while recycling them at the same time.

Using these tips, you’re well on your way to having your best garage sale ever.

 

Steph Noble
http://stephnoblemortgageblog.com/

South Portland Aerial, 1938


Vintage Portland

This 1938 aerial photo covers much of the heart of the old South Portland neighborhood. Except for some of the area below the inked-in double line, virtually everything here was flattened for the South Auditorium Urban Renewal Project, the Stadium Freeway (I-405) or the PSU campus. One could almost match up this photo with last Friday’s image just a bit south of here.

A2010-001.101 Aerial of close-in SW Portland 1938

(City of Portland Archives)

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Crowd-sourced map of Portland surveillance cameras


Buckman Voice

We recently received an e-mail from a company called VideoSurveillance.com, which sells (perhaps unsurprisingly) video surveillance equipment. They recently launched a web application that provides an interactive map of surveillance cameras in and around Portland. The idea is that residents who have been the victims of crime could use this information to determine if the activity was possibly caught on tape. Here’s their e-mail:

I wanted to pass along the message regarding a new Portland-based camera project that our company recently unleashed.  This new community-driven project called CommunityCam provides a map of the locations of public/private security cameras across Portland and its outlying areas. The map is crowd-sourced, meaning any resident, business owner, association, neighborhood group, or government organization, can add locations of surveillance cameras to help their neighbors.  People who experience crime can use the map to locate cameras that may have captured the activity and ask their neighbors…

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