Food Carts Arrive in Eliot Neighborhood

Those Darn Accordions Playing Happy Hour at Dreamers Marketplace

In keeping with a current Portland trend, a couple of underutilized lots have been transformed into great little food cart pods in Eliot.  The first few carts to call Eliot home are located in a lot named Jimmy’s Corner at the corner of Vancouver and Fremont Street.  I discovered them several months ago while out canvassing the area to notify residents about upcoming neighborhood events.  The owner of Mum’s Kitchen offered samples of her African fare and I was hooked.  Soon after, a Mexican cart arrived and their homemade fresh tamales made my mouth water.  The pod also has a pita cart and a drive thru coffee cart.

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My Urban Farmer

Urban Garden

At the first signs of spring when the crocuses and daffodils poke their heads up, my husband gets excited about starting to plant his “farm” as we like to call it.  He scours seed catalogs reading all about the new varieties of heirlooms available.  We make the first of many quick trips to Livingscape Nursery, just north of NE Freemont on N Vancouver Ave.  They carry our favorite brand of seeds, Territorial Seed Company, lots of plants, flowers, fruit trees, and baby chickens which are always fun to see.

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Making Eliot Greener

Friends of Trees Planting Feb 2010
Friends of Trees Planting Feb 2010

178 trees planted…
Hundreds of volunteers…
4 NE Portland neighborhoods…
Numerous new acquaintances and friendships made.

It’s the annual Friends of Trees (FoT) Planting in NE Portland!  The event commenced Saturday morning February 13th.  The day began rather dreary but as my husband rallied the crowd to a chant of “It never rains on planting day!” the drizzle stopped for a few hours while about a hundred people came together to help plant trees.

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New Graham Street Lofts Neighbors

Graham Street Lofts

Have you noticed the relatively new pumpkin orange building on the corner of MLK Jr. and Graham St?  It’s the one I use to describe to my friends how to get to my house.  You can’t miss it!  It’s called Graham Street Lofts. It was built to create superior housing using revolutionary European construction designed to be comfortable and energy efficient.  The ground floor of the 4-story building contains mixed-use units which have recently been filled.

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Dawson Park Concerts

Ocean 503 playing in the Dawson Park Gazebo
Ocean 503 playing in the Dawson Park Gazebo

I love our little Eliot neighborhood.  I love the big old Portland houses with good sized lots and the proximity to downtown with easy access to TriMet.  This is why my husband and I moved here in the first place 6 years ago.  Within the last few years the list of reasons for loving our neighborhood keeps expanding.  I love the ever-growing number of eateries and boutiques within walking distance, being a part of a diverse and eclectic population, and participating in block parties, Friends of Trees annual plantings, and neighborhood clean-up days. My favorite is the summer concert series in Dawson Park.

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