Oregon Brewers Festival fans: It's that time again (July 23 - 27), How will Portland look in 2035? Finally, Portland's median home sale prices continue to soar!
Oregon Brewers Festival fans: It's that time again
Alli Pyrah Staff Reporter-Portland Business Journal
It's back. And, if you drink beer or enjoy the camaraderie of those who do, you'll know exactly what we're talking about.
Tens of thousands of beer enthusiasts are expected to descend on downtown Portland's Tom McCall Waterfront Park for the 27th annual Oregon Brewers Festival.
This year's event will take place between Wednesday, July 23 and Monday, July 27. The festival runs between noon and 9 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and between noon and 7 p.m. on Sunday.
Representatives from 86 craft breweries from all over the country will offer more than 30 styles of handcrafted brews to 85,000 beer lovers.
Admission is FREE! You'll need to purchase a glass for $7 if you want to taste and beer tokens are sold separately. I was fortunate enough to meet 11 brewers from the Netherlands who are participating in the Brew Fest at the "Bridging Cities" event last Saturday, where we raised money to form a Sister City between Portland and Utrecht, the Netherlands. You can still donate to the cause!
For more on the Brew Fest, visit their site!
How will Portland look in 2035?
The City of Portland has released an interactive map that allows users to explore its masterplan for the area between now and 2035.
The Comprehensive Plan shows zoning changes, areas where a large number of new jobs are being created, areas with risks and service gaps and planned adjustments to designated parks and open spaces. Users can click on color-coded sections to obtain more information about developments throughout the city.
Viewers can also use the online tool to comment about proposed changes to any property or area in the city using their computer, tablet or smartphone. They can enter an address to view the area within a quarter mile radius of that location and learn about proposed changes that that may affect their property and neighborhood.
Any questions about the app or issues with the way it works should be directed firstname.lastname@example.org.
Portland's median home sale prices continue to soar
- Alli Pyrah
- Staff Reporter-Portland Business Journal
Home prices in Portland continue to rise, with the average home now selling for 8.7 percent more than in 2013, according to a new report by real estate research firm RMLS.
The average selling price of a home for the first half of 2014 was $328,900, up from a year ago when the average was $302,700.
Realtors are also closing more deals. In June, there were 2,617 closings, which represents a 4.2 percent increase over the 2,511 closings from June last year. This year saw the strongest June for closed sales in the region since 2007 when there were 2,731 closed sales.
There were 20,248 new listings in the first half of 2014, up 4.4 percent compared to the first half of 2013.