Route to the River Tour

Open Engagement - Art & Social Practice Conference, May 2010

The Route to the River Tour  begins at the residential neighborhood of Ladd’s Addition and moves through the SE industrial area to the Willamette River.

This neighborhood is a place with a rich urban history and a balance between community, commerce and environmental concerns. At one time the area was largely industrial with a lumber mill, power plant, a railroad yard and working docks. The power plant known as Station L generated steam from the mountain of sawdust produced by … Paulson’s Lumber Yard making it an early example of commercial bio-fuel.


Participants stop to meet the neighbors, learn about local businesses, see the initial stages of the new green street plan, explore the area’s amazing energy history and last but not least ponder Portland’s constantly evolving relationship with the Willamette.