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Know Your City's kiosk is open for business! Visit us in Ankeny Alley – between Saturday Market and Voodoo Doughnuts – Thurs-Sunday 12PM-6PM!

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Our daily walking tours are here! Sign up for Multicultural Portland and DIY PDX tours – Thurs-Sunday at 3:30PM!

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How safe is the Willamette River? Find out on the Dirty Side of Portland tours, Aug 2-3.

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Learn about economic development, immigration and gentrfication in East Portland on Jade District Tours August 23, 30.

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Comics For Change! is still available. Order at our shop.

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Get the dirt on Portland’s environmental issues! Dirty Side of Portland tour Aug 2-3

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Have you signed up for the Dirty Side of Portland bus tour, next Saturday and Sunday, August 2-3? This 3-hour tour will shed new light on health and equity issues in Portland. It’s essential for any recent transplant or long-time resident – we’re talking about the livability of our city!

Portland usually prides itself in being a city with thoughtful planning. We try to pay attention to neighborhood development projects that encourage local sustainability and promote environmentally conscious building and businesses. But not all neighborhoods are treated equally when it comes to cleaning up past environmental hazards. 

We started with a list of questions we’re hoping this tour will help answer (bring some of your own questions, too!):

  • How much attention do policy-makers pay to polluted properties in low-income areas and communities of color?
  • Portland’s identity has always included a healthy relationship to the Willamette River: Bridgetown, City of Bridges are a couple of our nicknames. But how healthy is our river?
  • What do we know about Superfund sites and Brownfield sites in our city?
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Contractors at the Arkema cleanup site dig an underground wall meant to prevent contaminated groundwater from leaking into the Willamette River (courtesy Department of Environmental Quality)

Each tour, we’ll visit the same sites important to telling the story of Portland’s environmental history and have guest speakers along the way.*

  • Jeri Williams - Neighborhood Program Coordinator, Office of Neighborhood Involvement and long term Environmental Justice Advocate
  • Rich Muza – EPA Superfund Project Manager
  • Jim Robinson - Portland Harbor Community Advisory Group
  • Kevin Parret –  DEQ Clean up and leaking underground Storage Tanks Manger
  • Lore Wintergreen - East Portland Action plan Advocate with the Office of Neighborhood involvement
  • Lori Boisen/ Kem Marks - Division Midway Alliance
  • Rich Muza - EPA Superfund Project Manager
  • Keith Johnson - DEQ Clean and Site manager
  • Cassie Cohen - Executive Director of Groundwork Portland
  • Will Bennett - Emerson Garden Site Coordinator
  • Right 2 Survive Representative 
  • Groundwork Portland Green Team Representative 

*note: not all speakers are available both days.

Along the way, we’ll visit the Portland Harbor Superfund Site, a brownfield in East Portland and take a break and visit the Emerson Street Garden and learn about its previous life as a residence, an empty lot and finally a garden.

The Dirty Side of Portland tours happen only once – Saturday, August 2, 11am-2pm or Sunday, August 3, 1pm-4pm. Tickets are still available and offered at a sliding scale. Get your tickets now.

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know your city kiosk is complete! (video); join us for tours this weekend

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BIG NEWS: construction on the Know Your City kiosk is complete!! Pending inspection from the City of Portland later this week, we should be good to go for opening the kiosk to the public this Thursday! Seeing as how this has been a few years in the making, we are so excited and thankful for everyone who has contributed to making this possible – especially our 150 Kickstarter backers!

The construction process ran into some delays given the kiosk’s weight and bulk. But Oscar Camarena from Simple Bicycle Company would not give up and persevered in coming up with a solution to the making the structure mobile. Watch a short video of Oscar test riding the kiosk below.

Our kiosk will be located in Ankeny Alley – between Voodoo Doughnuts and Saturday Market, and we’ll be open for business Thursday-Sundays 12PM-6PM, with tours departing daily at 3:30PM. At the kiosk, you’ll be able to purchase tour tickets, all Know Your City publications, plus a great collection of Portland-related gifts and books. You can view all our kiosk offerings and more over at our brand new Shopify Store – check it out!

Our tours have already started and been receiving great feedback from group tours we recently did for University of Oregon, David Douglas High School and a handful of out of towners. If you haven’t done so, please head on over to our slick new tours page – which has tons of great photos and information about our daily tour offerings. Visit our kiosk this weekend and sign up to take the following tours:

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Kyle Curtis, KYC tour guide for the DIY PDX tour, with a group of recent tour attendees

We’ve been out in Ankeny Alley the past couple weekends getting a jump start before our grand opening. In the process, we’ve been documenting the alley and some of the many colorful characters that frequent it through a steady Instagram feed. Check out some of the best of the often hilarious pics after the jump…

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Sing your heart out, Portland! Sing A Song of Portland tour this Sunday

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In case you haven’t heard we’re doing 2 sing-along walking tours of Portland music history  THIS SUNDAY– July 20th!

This weekend, join Know Your City and Portland music historian and superfan Sam Murray as we learn about the musical history of the Rose City. We’re thrilled to have Sam, who created the Sing A Song of Portland tour last year, here in town – all the way from University of Cardiff, Wales! – leading the tours this weekend. We’ll pass out lyric sheets and at each stop we’ll sing some of the songs that helped shape Portland’s music scene – right on the street where the music and history was made. We will be accompanied on the tour and in song by our troubador, local musician Lukas Borsten. Read more about the details of the tour here on our Sing A Song of Portland page.

We’re offering the tour twice, 11am and 3pm both tours leaving from SW 2nd Ankeny. After the tour you can head over to the east side and enjoy PDX Pop Now! music fest.  Check out their Sunday schedule on their website.

Don’t forget, tickets are FREE! But, we need you to RSVP at Eventbrite. Here’s a playlist we made of all the songs so you can practice at home.

And  check out Lukas in our short video teaser for this weekend’s tour created by Adam Willumsen and Brighthouse Films for last year’s tour:

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Multicultural Portland Tour

Multicultural Portland Tour

The Dirty Side of Portland Bus Tour

DIY PDX tour

The Dirty Side of Portland Bus Tour

DIY PDX tour

Multicultural Portland Tour

Multicultural Portland Tour

DIY PDX tour

DIY PDX tour

Multicultural Portland Tour

DIY PDX tour

Multicultural Portland Tour

DIY PDX tour

DIY PDX tour

Multicultural Portland Tour

Multicultural Portland Tour

Jade District Tour

DIY PDX tour

DIY PDX tour

Multicultural Portland Tour

Multicultural Portland Tour

Jade District Tour

DIY PDX tour

DIY PDX tour

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