Should the I-205 path be named after onetime Portlander Woody Guthrie?

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on May 9th, 2016 at 4:11 pm

I-205 Path Ride - Pedalpalooza-45
The not-so-memorably named I-205 Multi-use Path.
(Photo: J.Maus/BikePortland)

There’s an intriguing idea at the bottom of The Oregonian’s nicely written piece today about folksinger Woody Guthrie’s ties to Portland.

The article (which is actually the last from former transportation reporter Joseph Rose, who’s headed to a job on the East Coast) focuses on the 30 intensely creative days the Oklahoma-born folksinger spent in a 400-square-foot apartment in Lents in spring 1941. It’s two blocks from the trail, and still available for rent today.

Guthrie was visiting for a one-month gig with the Bonneville Power Authority, which paid him $266.66 to write 26 songs promoting hydroelectric power on the Columbia. They turned out to include some of his enduring classics about the people who helped win World War II by industrializing the West Coast: “Roll On, Columbia,” “Grand Coulee Dam,” “Oregon Trail” and “Pastures of Plenty.”


East of 82nd, NW Pro Gear fills the bike shop void

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on September 12th, 2014 at 8:05 am

NW Pro Gear sells both new and used bikes in Lents.
(Photos courtesy Dimitriy Kuzmich)

Last month, Southeast Portland’s bike shop desert got a little less dry. (more…)

The Friday Profile: Brandon Rhodes, Lents’ new bike-powered grocer

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on February 7th, 2014 at 11:33 am

Brandon Rhodes’ new business will deliver $20 in organic produce to Lents homes once a week.
(Photos by M.Andersen/BikePortland)

By 2020, Brandon Rhodes predicts and hopes, Lents will finally have a grocery store.

For now, it’s got him and his bike trailer.

Thirty years old, with six of them spent in the Lents intentional community he helped organize in 2008, this cussing Christian with a Ph.D in ministry is launching his first business: Rolling Oasis, a weekly produce delivery service that’s “ending the Lents food desert one bike ride at a time.”


Foster Streetscape update: How many (and what type of) lanes in Lents?

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on July 25th, 2013 at 12:22 pm

(Image courtesy Nick Falbo.)

Southeast Portlanders are split over how to handle a big choice for the Lents area, surrounding the intersection of 92nd Avenue and Foster Road: keep Foster at its current four standard vehicle lanes, or cut it to three in order to add bike lanes and wider sidewalks?

Or, put another way: if a redesigned Foster Road needs to transition from three to four auto lanes somewhere, should that happen east of Lents, west of it, or two blocks from the middle of its commercial area?

The project’s Stakeholder Advisory Committee meets tonight to hash it out, so we thought it was time to get you up to speed about the options and hear from a few members of the committee…


Lents residents plan bike boulevard ride

by on June 11th, 2009 at 12:43 pm

Lents looks to be more bike-friendly.

A potential new baseball stadium isn’t the only hot topic in the Lents neighborhood these days.

Residents have teamed up with community organizations and the City of Portland Bureau of Transportation to start identifying a network of low-traffic bike boulevard streets.

It all started when PBOT traffic/bike safety specialist Greg Raisman spoke at a health conference at Oregon Health Sciences University. That talk sparked conversations with the non-profit Community Health Partnership and then Healthy Active Lents, who has since taken the lead role. (more…)