I think my favorite thing about this giant robot is that his chest lets you know what he is, just in case you aren’t familiar with robots.
I’m afraid this pretty brick mid-century multi-unit apartment building is not long for this world as it seems to be unoccupied. But the tree is making the most of the season.
As mentioned before, the main USPS processing facility in Portland has moved from downtown Portland to a location by the airport. That leaves the massive space to be redeveloped. My walk over the Broadway Bridge gave me the opportunity to grab some photos before everything is dissasembled.
Here’s the official notice.
Here’s a view of the back half of the 14-acre site. This part is hemmed in by two approaches to the Broadway Bridge. I’m standing on Broadway Street and you can see NW Lovejoy on the left side of the picture.
This part of the site is mostly open, as it was where semi trucks pulled in and out. The back part of the picture shows many building built in the Pearl District over the past twenty years. Before that happened, the post office fit right in. The space was filled with warehouses, rail yards, and the like.
And here’s the view of the back half of the massive building. While the post linked to above showed the public facing part of the building, most of the space was filled with mail sorting machines.
I got to tour that space once, while being a chaparone for a class studying mail. It was so fun to see all the machines.
Sometimes I get off the MAX train early and walk across the Broadway Bridge to get to work. In the last few years, this situation has evolved. There used to be parking spaces that weren’t very well signaged, then the bike lane, then the car lane. Things have been rearranged into bike lane, then a space for walking, then the parking spaces, then the lane for cars. You can even see the bit of crosswalk that has been added.
So why does this bug me? Because that place for walking was made for the people who have driven their cars and parked. It is not for people walking who want to continue to the Broadway Bridge. You can see what happens here:
At the last parking space, the bike lane takes over where the walking space was. As a pedestrian, I am forced to either walk in the bike lane until I hit that crosswalk you can barely see in the distance or cross the bike line and walk in the grass.
While there are probably not a ton of people walking on this street, I think it’s important to include all modes of transportation, not just some.
Amid this well-used pole on NE 20th, one stood out.
I love a good pun.
Pardon the lens cover stealing some thunder here.
Here’s a cute little bungalow.
That gets a little less little when you look at it from the side.
Sometimes you just need to do some catching up. Even if you are a crow.
Orange! So much orange!
I love the variety here. Rain will turn these into mush, but at this moment, it just makes everything look shiny.
Hopefully someone had stopped needing this post-it note. It was nicely nestled against the fallen leaf.
Finding this, I wondered if Found was still around. I thought not, because so many more things are digital now, so what is left to find, but it turns out they are still around! They even sell a set of postcards!
Little Free Libraries abound in Portland. But this was a unique find!
My walking companion and I decided the “you’re on camera” sticker wasn’t really a real thing. We saw no cameras.
The note says:
Hi! Take a minifigure and leave a minifigure that someone else would like. [Illegible] a note in the little log if you want. Have fun!