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Willamette Weekly cover: This is Lents

Willamette Weekly is a weekly freebie newspaper here in Portland, OR. I did the cover for the May 27th, 2009 issue. Read article here.

 

Lents is a neighborhood in the SE section of the city that's experiencing a possible re-birth. I actually went to the area to take photos of various buildings, parks, corners, etc. to get the look & feel of the neighborhood. Took the kids to Lents Park and had ice cream. It was a great day.

 

Got the call on Saturday, and had to turn it around by Tuesday -- yes, on Memorial Day weekend. So it goes.

 

Of course, this is based off those wonderful vintage large-letter postcards. What's in each letter? See below:

 

L - New Copper Penny: restaurant & bar on SE 92nd & Foster.

E - The new Beavers Minor League Baseball Park being proposed for Lents Park.

N - I-205: the highway split the neighborhood in two.

T - New MAX stop scheduled to open shortly.

S - Building near 92nd & Foster.

 

In case you're wondering how "Willamette" is pronounced, there's a saying that the locals say to any newbies: "It's Wil-LAM-ette, dammit!"

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Taken on May 27, 2009