I moved here five years ago, wanting to indulge in Portland but still contribute something, anything positive and unique. I was drawn to the pace of things. I loved how specialized people were in their interests and crafts. The music community kept me motivated and active, even in the lesser desirable months. The reasons I came are still reasons why I want to stay. It’s impossible to escape conversations where we’re comparing what’s now versus what was.

Processing change specifically within the context of what’s going on in your environment is a strange thing to communicate. Urban environments are drastically shifting via landscapes, social dynamics and beyond. Looking at the city as a whole produces disjointed questions and statements. Anything in transition elicits feelings of being uncomfortable. Ultimately, I’ve been reminded over and over again that everything is temporary.

The most motivating aspect of being in Portland in this time is the opportunity to participate.  We can choose what our city is defined by as long as we play a part in that process. Rather than only focusing on the bullshit political masquerading that are the Presidential elections, it’s worth spending time looking into what’s going on locally (good places to start here and here). If everyday citizens are not paying attention to local administrative actions taking shape around us, we can bet there are corporations and those with conflicting investment who are keeping close tabs.

This visual commentary aims to focus on the subtle shifts happing right now within the Portland metro.