Briefly in sombody’s memory.

“…Before giving up, I took a photo, which I’ve kept, that unintentionally included part of the window, which now, by a trick of photography, resembles an arrow pointing to the incomprehensible script. Someday, I thought, a future walker will be able to understand what the walker from the past left here; he or she will be able to know if it was a warning, an instruction or a private message. And the same applies to the photo I have before me, I think now. Though who can tell what the future holds for a photo that hides beneath its file name on the computer screen – minimized as they say – for the most part dormant. When I click on it, the image unfurls like an apparition, at once sudden and controlled, and seemingly always available, as is everything in my private archive. Nonetheless, its future is known, much as one might wish to ignore it: the photo will live briefly in somebody’s memory, and then become dormant once again – that is, in one’s active memory – and after that it will hibernate in some electronic corner of the world for a long time before disappearing for good.”


–Sergio Chefjec, “My Two Worlds”

Trader Joe’s & Alberta Co-op to move to MLK Boulevard?

It’s possible, according to this Portland Tribune story released today…

“The Alberta Co-op Grocery has a site picked out on Northeast Martin Luther King Boulevard owned by the Portland Housing Bureau. It would like to start with a farm stand and evolve into a 4,000-square-foot grocery store beneath an affordable housing project – if it can get the land and property-tax relief. Trader Joe’s is interested in a 12,000-square-foot store at Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Alberta Street. The company wrote PDC that it could move the project ahead sooner with “the right package” of subsidies.”


Update, November 2013: head to MLK in Motion: Trader Joe’s to MLK & Alberta for the latest news on whether Trader Joe’s will land at this site.

Above, planter boxes constructed by artist Joe Sneed on the wall of the Alberta Co-op Grocery, at 15th & Alberta.