Since I helped with PKO’s senior dissertation, I was invited to her Senior Dessert event, where each student talked about their senior project. Since PKO’s school is just off Burnside, I decided to talk a walk up Burnside.
But first! Dinner! According to the Oregonian, it’s Dumpling Week. I initially dismissed Dumpling Week as I am not a fan of dumplings. But that was before a friend posted the featured dumplings at Sizzle Pie. Pizza “dumplings”? I can go for that. They were delicious. Apparently Salt and Straw, the ice cream place, had some ice cream “dumplings” too.
Outside of Sizzle Pie were these signs.
They seemed to be part of an art instillation that was ending tonight.
It turned out that all those signs were encouraging people to exchange high fives! Alas, there was no one to high five with. I wonder if I missed a sign like this on the other end of the block?
The Burnside Bridge. I’ve always liked the bridge operator towers. Ahead on the left you can see the new big building that changed their window ratio after the design was approved. Nothing bad is happening to them for doing that.
This building has long been a favorite. It has a Burnside Bridge entrance and for many years was empty or used for storage. Now it seems to be some sort of creative-type work space. And also the warehouse for the fruit place, but I think that was always the case.
Back before Matt and I shacked up, and I used to walk from my studio apartment downtown to his place in Buckman, I used to avoid this sketchy motel. But it became the Jupiter Motel, a hip place to stay. And then it was fun to walk by. In my mind, this was the first thing that really changed on Burnside.
Here’s where the restaurant Old Wives’ Tales was before it was sold to a developer to build either apartments or condominiums. I’m not terribly upset. The owner seems quite happy with the deal (see link) and the food there was always kind of bland.