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Our new comic resource Know Your Rights: Don't Get Evicted! is out now...purchase here.

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Jade Journal, a student-made newspaper about SE 82nd Ave, is now out! Pick one up here!

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Our weekly walking tours start back up May 1st. Get the details!

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Watch videos from the De-Gentrifying Portland program – now online.


Summer Kiosk Tellers Needed! Great volunteer opportunity!


Know Your City is looking for volunteers to help staff our mobile bike kiosk on a semi-regular basis, throughout the summer. From May to September, KYC walking tours will leave from our kiosk in Ankeny Alley every day, Thursday – Sunday at 10am and 1pm. We need a volunteer each day to set up the kiosk and greet tour goers, give out information about KYC tours and publications, and help tourists with general information about the city and local cultural events.

This summer, KYC is offering two daily walking tours, A People’s History of Portland and Sing A Song of Portland. Both tours lead visitors through a history of Portland not found elsewhere – we travel up Burnside, learning Portland’s musical history and singing with our tour guide troubadour, and we discover the stories of immigrant communities who built this city from the waterfront, up!

We will schedule our volunteers to work in daily shifts, as many times a month as available. It’s a great way to help KYC reach our audience and support our programming. PLUS, it’s a fun way to meet visitors and locals who want to explore a city not found in the guidebooks. Show off how much you know (and love) your city!

Interested? Questions?

Please contact Amanda Tillstrom, Programs Coordinator at

We are scheduling our first orientation meeting Monday, May 4th at 5:30pm, with other meetings to follow as necessary. RSVP to the above email  by Friday, May 1st.

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New Sing A Song of Portland! tour promo video

A special heartfelt thanks goes out to Dawn Jones-Redstone and Hearts & Sparks Productions and Lukas Borsten for their work on a new promo video for our Sing A Song of Portland! tour. Check out the video above and share with your friends!

Portland has long been a haven for musicians and music fans. On our tour, you’ll hear the fascinating stories behind Portland’s internationally renowned music scene. Along the way, we’ll visit the rock clubs, record labels and music stores that shaped Portland’s musical past and present—from “Louie Louie” to “Hey, Eugene!” and featuring songs by Sleater Kinney, The Decemberists, Elliot Smith and more. History will come alive as our troubadour tour guide leads the group in sing-alongs that pay tribute to some of the best artists and songs ever to come out of the Rose City. Don’t worry – we’ll teach you the words!

Tours are free and leave every Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday at 1PM, starting May 1st (more info here). Over the next couple of weeks we’ll be editing the outdated info on our tours page – pardon our dust! More soon…

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Spring Publications Update: Know Your Rights & Jade Journal now in shop

Spring update: KYC is busy getting ready for the opening of our free walking tours starting May 1st, and with the release of two new publications, Jade Journal #1 and Know Your Rights: Don’t Get Evicted! now available in our shop.
know your rights: don't get evicted
What do you do if you get evicted? The evictions process can be scary. It doesn’t have to be – and our new comic Know Your Rights: Don’t Get Evicted! will help you know your legal rights as a renter. Know Your City partnered with Community Alliance of Tenants (CAT) in a year long collaboration, working to gather personal accounts of eviction and resistance. Each story has “CAT Tips”, advice from CAT on how to handle different obstacles described in the comic. These stories engage and educate tenants and non-tenants alike, acting as a reference to understand the process of eviction, and covering essential topics such as how to respond to a termination notice, what do do if you are locked out by your landlord, or what to expect if you need to go to evictions court.

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Artist Becky Hawkins describing the process of illustrating Know Your Rights: Don’t Get Evicted.

On March 30, Know Your City and Community Alliance of Tenants celebrated the release of our newest publication, at the Oregon Public House. Guests heard presentations about the project’s process from leaders of both organizations and saw a slideshow on the illustration process from artist Becky Hawkins. We were also treated to first-hand accounts of tenant’s rights issues from CAT members who shared their stories.

Buy and or download Know Your Rights: Don’t Get Evicted at our webstore here.

Jade Journal

Also new in our store: Jade Journal #1, a student-generated multilingual newspaper about the SE 82nd community. The paper is the culmination of a 12-week KYC youth program with Tim Schulze’s 5th-grade class at Harrison Park School, with assistance and lesson planning from designer and educator Travis Neel.

During Fall 2014, Know Your City worked with Tim Schulze’s 5th grade class at Harrison Park School to produce the paper. Over the course of 12-weeks, students studied their immediate SE 82nd Ave neighborhood and created a free, multilingual newspaper that is informed by their study. With articles ranging from profiles on local businesses to editorials on addressing racism, the lack of sidewalks and inadequate parks, the paper both acknowledges the need for greater equity in neighborhoods east of SE 82nd Ave, while celebrating the area’s rich cultural diversity.

Buy and or download Jade Journal #1 at our webstore here, or more at the programs page here.

KYC also recently finished its civil rights comics program with SW Charter School. During the course of several weeks teachers led the students in discussions and readings covering topics including exclusion laws, the Vanport flood, school segregation and integration. Then, class studied comic books and how to make and write comics. With guidance from visiting artist Lisa Eisenberg, participants partook in a comic making intensive, where they built on what they’d learned in class about local history and wrote and illustrated short comics. The final comic was celebrated by a public release event at Oregon Historical Society, with a slideshow, readings and a display of artwork. Download a digital copy of the class comic at the program page. 

insider's guide to portland
Finally, KYC is excited to release a new publication, Insider’s Guide to Portland. Illustrated by our friend, the extremely talented Kate Bingaman-Burt, the fold-out map of Portland’s hidden treasures will be available for free in our mobile kiosk and at Travel Portland’s Visitor Information Center, as well as at locations throughout Portland listed on the map. The aim of the publication is to get tourists and locals off the beaten track, and into the hidden cultural pockets of the city – from St. Johns to Sellwood – and show off our local talent.

Want to get KYC Publications mailed to your door? It’s easy!  Sign up to be a member. Our publication projects would not exist without the support of Know Your City members. Along with the many benefits of being a member you will receive a complimentary copy of our newest publications mailed directly to your door. This money directly helps Know Your City by supporting the staff necessary to make all our programs  possible. Support the expansion of our publication programs and join now!

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