21 March 2009

The New PDX Blades: NE Oregon and 102nd

1989.For our first spotting of the new-look Portland street blades, we go just south of Gateway, to NE 102nd Avenue and Oregon Street:

Just across the street used to be a shabby apartment complex. Now they're getting ready to build some office complex on the site. The tan building on the right in the middle distance is part of the Gateway Fred Meyer store. The dark, high-topped building in the far distance is either part of The Oregon Clinic's Gateway location or part of the Providence Gateway clinic. The Gateway MAX Station/Transit Center is behind those trees in the left-distance.

Mug shot time:

NE 102nd Avenue:

And, NE Oregon Street (the 8th Street name north of Burnside, hence the 800 block crossing-street):

Most designs local authorities debut I find have to grow on me. This is not one of them. I've liked it from the first.

I'm also pleasantly surprised as the speed at which this is being rolled out. If you're like me, and you want to record and preserve the way the old ones look, though, you'll have to get busy. They may not be around much longer.

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