Portland, one of the nation’s most walkable cities, is a pedestrian’s feast. A day’s walk can take you:
• down to Willamette River beaches
• up volcanic peaks via public stairs
• through gorgeous hillside neighborhoods with views of white-capped Cascade peaks
• into the firs of deeply wooded parks and cemeteries
• along the routes of old streetcars into districts humming with bookstores, cafes, restaurants and stores
I’ve written five guide books about Portland and nearby cities.
I write the books that I want to read—about the paths, quiet streets and stairs away from obvious and oft-written tourist sites. My books answer my own questions about the city’s geology, horticultural heritage, architecture and the vestigia of times past. They’re written for that certain tribe of people who delight in the back story behind the urban scene.
Portland Monthly magazine calls me “the author of beloved local guidebooks.” I’m honored by that: Portland, from the moment I landed here in 1989, has delighted and inspired me. Each street and district has its own fascinations, and I’m happy to share them with fellow urban explorers
I also write for Metro, the Portland area regional government, on topics ranging from MetroPaint (a recycled paint product), the Oregon Zoo, natural areas and regional trails.
I occasionally lead walking tours for Metro, the City of Portland and other agencies or nonprofits.