Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on December 19th, 2006 at 9:16 am
Photo by Kate Gawf
Portland blogger Kate Gawf recently snapped some photos of a rare occurrence in Northwest Portland; car-less streets. Thanks to the annual “Leaf Day” clean-up, all cars in the usually “parked-up” and densely populated neighborhood vanish for just a few hours.
Here’s more from Kate, followed by another photo:
“Northwest Portland is the most parked-up neighborhood in Portland…it’s truly ridiculous. You go there in a car, you’ll spend twenty minutes (and who knows how much gas) circling to find a spot. On leaf day there were signs up everywhere saying Don’t park here between 7 and 10 AM. Somehow ALL THOSE PEOPLE managed to not bring their cars to this area for that whole block of time.
These pictures are not possible except on the two leaf-days a year. At no other time can you get full elevation photos of these buildings, many of which are gorgeous. Not only that, the feel of space and un-clutteredness was absolutely liberating. This is what it would look like if we could only get rid of most of the cars. If they can make this happen for three hours, why not longer?”