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Know Your City's 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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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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Renter’s Rights publication winner announced: Becky Hawkins

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Know Your City and Community Alliance of Tenants announce the recipient of our Renter’s Rights comic: illustrator Becky Hawkins. The publication will be a 20-page comic book, printed in both English and Spanish. Renters will be able to use the book as a reference to understand the process of eviction, how some evictions are unfair, and what to do if it happens to them.

Our jury was overwhelmed with the quality and talent in our submissions. Unfortunately, we could only choose one candidate for the job. We thank everyone for their interest!

We’re excited to work with Becky, a longtime cartoonist whose comics depict real-life situations, usually drawn from her own life. “This project brings together several different topics that I’m passionate about, and requires artistic strengths that I have been honing for a decade…” said Hawkins, “…If you give me the chance, I would very much enjoy collaborating with KYC and CAT”.

We are now looking for volunteers to help in drafting the script of the comic. If you are interested in volunteering, please send a note to Justin Buri at justin@oregoncat.org. He’d love to hear from you. The comic is slated for an October release.

More info on Renter’s Rights in the video below. View more samples from Becky after the jump…

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The Dirty Side of Portland Bus Tour

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Multicultural Portland Tour

Multicultural Portland Tour

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DIY PDX tour

Multicultural Portland Tour

DIY PDX tour

Multicultural Portland Tour

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DIY PDX tour

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