Me and Portland Mayor Sam Adams

Back from an incredible trip to Portland for the first GOOD Ideas for Cities event. The highlight may have been when I met Mayor Sam Adams onstage (photo by the awesome Paul Searle). It was all I could do not to say, “You look familiar. Did I see you on Portlandia?

Although as I talked to him later, I realized he probably would have gotten a kick out of that. Here’s a great recap of the night by the Portland Mercury’s Sarah Mirk.

When I’m not hobnobbing with local officials, I absolutely love walking around Portland.


The city is so well-designed and has so many public amenities it feels like you’re in Europe.

My ridiculously awesome room at the Ace

Here’s my ridiculously awesome (and graciously upgraded) room at the Ace Hotel. I’ve now stayed in all four properties and I think that the Portland location is my favorite.

Maybe one of the best salads I've ever had: candy cane beets, carrots, pretzel croutons at Gruner in Portland.

Portland always delivers on the culinary front. I had some pretty incredible Austrian food, including this gorgeous salad with candy cane beets and pretzel croutons (!) at Grüner.


And I always love sampling the food carts set up all around Portland, but I’m equally in love with the way they look: little neighborhoods of tiny, colorful, fragrant houses.

On the wall!

I visited PSU’s Graphic Design school to talk to some students. IN PERSON! What a happy, colorful school full of personality.

Great advice

With some great advice on the wall.

Only in Portland

Another kind of wall message. It’s meant to be a rhetorical question, right?

Even Portland's construction sites look good! This one's wrapped in art by Chris Johanson.

Everything seems to be touched by the hand of an artist or designer in Portland. Their construction barriers are beautiful (and in this case, painted by Chris Johanson).


In Portland, even breakfast can be a work of art.

More from Portland.

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