Portland is home to so many great urban villages that are magnets that hold onto old time residents and attract new immigrants from all over the US drawing new families into playing the roles that our mothers and fathers filled on behalf of the community during their lifetimes.
My good friend Margaret grew up in Beaumont. Her family came from the midwest bringing good midwestern values. Her dad owned the local pharmacy on the corner of 41st and Freemont. She shared many adoring stories about her dad who was active in the local village supporting the activities of numerous Church’s on behalf of families in need and the greater city community. Sounds a lot like today doesn’t it with our many amazing nonprofits serving the challenged members of Portland’s communities.
My church is nearby Beaumont often is a destination for last minute nourishment, health and services before our evening worship. Last week I was intrigued what new discoveries were to be found in the village.
Like the Alberta District, Beaumont also sports it own metal sculptures established in 1910 mounted on telephones poles on each end of the main street.
Grand Central is the newest addition opening next week. Old favorites disappear and new ones re-appear from different parts of the city. I counted three coffee roasters, 6 bars and breweries, 5 fitness and yoga places, 2 pizzeria’s, two breakfast specialists, a vietnamese, thai, lebanese, mexican, italian, hawaiian, continental, vegetarian and the comforting local bagelry, a bridal shop, great childrens bookstore , woolery, a huge mysterious cemetry, a wine and beer taster and an antique discovery place.
As I list two lovely midcentury homes within walking distance to the Beaumont I will be curious who will join Margarets dad in 2012 in this diverse and ever evolving community.