I live in Southeast Portland now. If you are familiar with Portland, or have seen that show we all wish were funny, Portlandia, you know what that means. For those of you who don’t, here are some fun stereotypes (and yes, most stereotypes start with a grain of truth) about Southeast Portland:
- Hipsters with skinny jeans and Converse sneakers
- raw diet
- gluten free
- don’t sweat on purpose
- over educated
- under employed
- compost everything
- reuse everything
- recycle what can’t be reused or repurposed
- grass fed
So, I’ve painted a picture. I don’t really fit the mold. Although, I have started composting. And I walk to work once a week or so. Give me time. Soon I’ll have a bicycle. I’m already not eating wheat.
But I digress!
My neighborhood is very close to Ladd’s Addition, which has a really confusing layout.
It’s quite lovely, and has houses from the early 20th Century. But it has a somewhat sordid past.
I had heard that it was built by a member of the KKK, but that might have been a lie, since I can’t find any documentation to prove that. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. I think originally blacks weren’t allowed to build in Ladd’s, in the 1890s (which, for those of you on the east coast is pretty much as far back as our history goes in these western parts!) but according to the Oregon Encyclopedia (link) this neighborhood allowed Chinese immigrants to settle when many other neighborhoods wouldn’t.
So. That’s good. Also, note to self: stop disseminating information you haven’t checked yourself.
It’s a lovely neighborhood, and it’s a little confusing to get through. About one in ten times, I’ll end up on the wrong street (starting on 20th and driving for five minutes only to get me on a different part of 20th is frustrating!) and I’ll have to try again.
But it’s going to be a lovely morning walk to work. Especially since there are two rose gardens.