Sherlock Says: "Watson, Look What I Found In Portland"

Sherlock Says: "Watson, Look What I Found In Portland"

When I hear the name, Portland, I think of food trucks, Powell Books, and the Pearl District.

                           Retrofitting the old industrial area in the Pearl District of Portland.

                          Retrofitting the old industrial area in the Pearl District of Portland.

What I found was that the engine that makes Portland work is great rail transit and a cycling infrastructure.

        Streetcars make living in the Pearl District and working Downtown practical in Portland.

       Streetcars make living in the Pearl District and working Downtown practical in Portland.

You not only have the Streetcars, but the Tri-Met which brings workers to and from Downtown from the entire metro area.

Parks and plazas throughout Downtown and the Pearl district provide the best of the urban experience, as well as places for children (and adults) to play.

           The Fields, a park adjacent to numerous condos and apartments in the Pearl District.

          The Fields, a park adjacent to numerous condos and apartments in the Pearl District.

Downtown Portland is mostly office towers as opposed to residential, but great transit makes it work.

            You don't see many office buildings with windmills on top...but then, this is Portland.

           You don't see many office buildings with windmills on top...but then, this is Portland.

It's really elementary, my dear Watson!

Provide places for singles, couples, and families to live in an urban area, make it easy for them to get to and from their work and to places where they want to shop and dine, and provide places for them to gather and play in a safe environment, and you have the formula for sustained success.

Portland is only about three hours south of Seattle. You wouldn't think it would be that hard to get our Seattle city fathers to pay attention and learn from Portland's great example.