Upper Sandy

Portland, Oregon 97230

Upper Sandy

Upper Sandy Professional Review and Guide

"Let’s be up front about this: walking along Sandy Boulevard is unusual, unless you happen to work at one of a very limited number of occupations. It’s not a street whose atmosphere is considered universally delightful. But it certainly has character, and it also has history. A lot of the things we’ll point out on this walk don’t exist anymore, but perhaps that’s not so uncommon. The main thing to keep in mind is that Sandy Boulevard was invented for cars, in the age of automobile worship; in fact, it was so representative of this era that the Smithsonian Institution chose Sandy Boulevard for its permanent exhibit about automobile-oriented culture in the 1940s and ’50s, under the title “Suburban Strip.” (Yes, it also used to be considered suburban.) Walking up it, therefore, can be considered an exercise in shifting perspective. Relax and enjoy it."

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Aug 2018