Take 77 short essays about Portland, match them with dozens of the city’s most talented graphic artists, and put it all into a yearbook-style collection. On this episode, we talk with Melissa Delzio, the woman behind Our Portland Story.
Having lived in, worked in, or traveled through a great number of American cities, I’m going to tell you something shocking: a lot of people live in cities they don’t especially enjoy. Cities they don’t even really like. A sizable portion of Americans, in fact, seem to reside in cities they actively loathe… staying rooted there, year after year, like the plant unwillingly tethered to a sidewalk.
Residents of Salt Lake City, for example, appear to spend a lot of time staring out of windows, blankly wondering about a better life which they imagine exists somewhere else.
Portland, Oregon, on the other hand, is, for a great number of us that “somewhere else”. A town of vibrancy and life, whose charms are always unfolding but never hidden. A place we are actively happy to be. Portlanders, quite simply, love Portland.
On this week’s Outlook Portland, we’ll talk with Melissa Delzio, a graphic designer and the woman behind Our Portland Story, a new project which expresses that affection by using one of our city’s most abundant treasures…its vast reservoir of artistic talent.
The show will also feature another “Outlook Portland Editorial Reply”, brought to you by our marquee sponsor, Things From Another World. This week’s guest editorialist: Leader of the Decepticons…Megatron.
Next week: A discussion of Measure 74, which would update and expand the laws governing medical marijuana in Oregon.