The Portland Streetcar

Each weekday morning, I leave the house at 7:23am to catch the streetcar at 7:39am. I walk from my apartment at 23rd and Glisan to 10th and Glisan so I can ride in the fareless zone. The ride to PSU takes about 10 minutes. If I miss the streetcar, it’s faster for me to walk the rest of the way to work instead of waiting for the next streetcar to arrive.

I like my morning tradition and I enjoy riding the streetcar. However, the streetcar is closed for the next couple weeks as a part of the expansion over to the se side of Portland. While closed, a shuttle bus is running more or less the same route. And this morning, the shuttle bus went quite a bit faster than the streetcar. So why do we have a streetcar?

I’ve spoken with a few people about this and the best answer I’ve heard thus far is that it significantly increased property values along it’s path when it was first installed. This seems like a dubious explanation for a multi-million dollar project. Most people agree that the streetcar is only slightly faster than walking. Without digging deeper, that’s all I’ve got on this.

If I was to get married . . .

which is not yet in the plans, I think I would be over the moon to copy almost everything from Young House Love’s gorgeous backyard wedding. In their own backyard. Young House Love is a great DIY themed blog started by a couple newlyweds documenting their house renovations. They also happened to come up with the brilliant plan of hosting their wedding in their backyard and planning out all the decorations, food and activities with a tight budget in mind. I especially love the lemons and limes throughout and the photo booth they rented. With Andy starting grad school in a couple weeks, our focus is now on getting him through school and staying above water in terms of finances. Luckily, my PSU discount is about 70% off tuition but it’s still going to be a long process. As we have been having a blast living together, neither one of us is in a hurry to get hitched anytime soon. I figure, I’ve let him know the ball is in his court and I’m not too worried about it. Next step for us is finding a new apartment and getting a cat!