A few years ago Portland’s Archives and Records Center assumed responsibility for Vintage Portland, a local blog that explores the city’s past through images. Go to the “Categories” toggle on the right side of the front page and you can select images by time period, parts of the city and subject matter. Readers often offer additional information and reminiscences.
It makes a lot of sense that city government would offer this type of service given Portland’s rich history, particularly regarding architecture. However, a publicly accessible photo archive isn’t just valuable as an exercise in nostalgia. Understanding where we came from can help us make better decisions about the present and future.
This is yet another small but telling example of what makes Portland such a great place to live — and as good of a model for sustainability as you’ll find in an American metropolitan area.
ALL OUR SOURCES:
- Portland Archives and Records Center; 2016. Vintage Portland.