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City of Portland

By Tom Gaffney Published: March 18, 2009

I had a chance to walk around Tuesday afternoon and again Wednesday morning. I like Portland, but perhaps not as much as other Pacific Northwest cities Seattle and Vancouver, where I have been recently.
It's a city that has a European feel with old buildings and half-city blocks that are easy to navigate. It has signs that say it has been honored as the Most Eco-Friendly City in America. It has parks, gardens, bike trails and fountains right in the city.
I took a long walk on the Westside Riverwalk that borders the Willamette River. Lots of walkers and bikers.
Also saw a small area dedicated to the lost art of newspapering. It had front pages of the Oregonian newspaper featuring the end of WWI, the shooting of JFK and the walk on the moon.  None that said, "Oregonian closing," thankfully.
I also enjoyed Pioneer Courthouse Square, an amphitheater that is a site for entertainment. It has a pole with 20 arrows pointing to places such as Australia (8,000 miles) and Mount St. Helen (72).  
Saw some people with Gonzaga gear on, but none with Akron.
Getting ready to head to the Rose Garden, where all teams will have a media session and 40 minutes on the court.  The Zips are one of the  last, at 515 Pacific

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