Alu is for sale.
I went to Horn of Africa in Vanport Square for my birthday, and loved the food. I think it’s my new favorite Ethiopian place in town.
Scotty has just opened Atlantis Alternative Gifts on MLK, a shop for art, hemp jewelry, books (from mysticism to photo collections), and “functional glass”. The shop is impossible to see in this photo below, but you can see the commercial building it’s housed in:
One suspects the store’s proximity to New Born Tribe won’t hurt its business at all.
another of these large stickers, on the wall at Lifeworks NW, 3716 NE MLK:
Shaver Green, rising:
On the Irvington Covenant Church administrative building, this strange undersea-creature sticker has appeared (it’s the size of a sheet of paper):
…and on the traffic sign a few feet away:
Looking north on MLK Boulevard:
At 2432 NE MLK, The Leotard, Inc. has relocated its shop from Lloyd Center Mall. This space is the MLK-bordering edge of the black.white. building; more on this building later.
ExpressNets, the company that oversaw Portland’s now-collapsed Metro Wifi project, last occupied this space.
This building, standing between Sumner and Webster on the east side of MLK, holds these businesses:
The building was constructed in 1927. Among its tenants over the years include:
–Bop City Records, a store opened in 1970 by Fitzgerald Beaver, DJ and journalist who founded The Facts, Seattle’s oldest African-American community newspaper (Bop City Records had been on Williams Avenue since the mid fifties, and Beaver had done a live broadcast for KGON radio from the store from 1955 to 1961);
–World Village, a boutique run in the late 80s by local businesswoman Diana McKnight, who was one of the members of a business support/networking organization called “Thriving Black-owned Businesses of Northeast Portland;”
–something called the Cheer-e-o Inn, whose ten-cent tokens can only be wondered at.
This building was sold in 1995 for (wow) thirtyfive thousand dollars.
Billboard on MLK:
How many people still think of the area surrounding MLK Boulevard (north of Lloyd Center) as Albina? It seems like this name is beginning to fade. Is it possible that “MLK” has almost completely replaced “Albina” as the catchall term for the area (along with a switch from ‘Albina’ to ‘MLK’ as a codeword for ‘African-American neighborhood’)? Will Albina be forever relegated to a historical term for the area (Albina, once a separate city, became a description of an agglutination of neighborhoods, and a buzzword for urban revitalization projects in the fifties and sixties)?
I suspect that city projects such as the MLK Heritage Markers and Gateway Project will hasten the disappearance of “Albina” as a viable term to describe the area, rather than preserve it.
A third MLK Cricket franchise has opened, at 5642 NE MLK (the southeast corner of MLK and Jessup):
In my opinion, this building, erected in 1930, has an understated attractiveness to it.
Little espresso cart in the Yam Yam’s parking lot, called Coffee King (punny):