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Tiny Homes. St. Patrick's Day at Kells. Starbucks Increases Home Prices (which explains the skyrocketing prices here). Pub Sheds, OHSU South Waterfront Expansion, and (GASP) Portland is only the 3rd Quirkiest??

It's been a nutty week. There's so much happening. I normally try to limit my blog to 3 must see articles, but this week  wouldn't allow it. There is just a whole lot going on.

Tiny Homes.

'Portlandia' tiny house: Fred and Carrie have never been so close (video)

Portlandia Season 5, House For Sale
In Portlandia's' Episode 8: House for Sale, Fred and Carrie adjust to live in a tiny house, shot at Caravan-The Tiny House Hotel in Northeast Portland's Alberta neighborhood. (Augusta Quirk/IFC)

Janet Eastman | The Oregonian/OregonLiveBy Janet Eastman | The Oregonian/OregonLive Email the author | Follow on Twitter on February 24, 2015 at 1:20 PM, updated March 04, 2015 at 10:08 PM

Are you searching for an affordable home in Portland's Alberta Arts District? Does your soul want sustainability yet your heart yearns for luxuries like a master bathroom with soaking tub, TV and a window framing landscape? Would an efficient home office and library filled with classics feed your mind?

The tiny house that stars in Thursday's episode of "Portlandia" might be the perfect fit. If you can squeeze in.

In the poking-fun-at-Portland series, Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein point out the benefits of micro living. In one scene, Armisen's character slides open a rustic wood door to reveal himself sitting on a toilet, his pants puddled at his ankles.

"This is the bathroom and a home office," he explains, his elbows resting on a narrow desk. You can't see Brownstein, except for her arm reaching over the desk caddy. "Can you hand me the shower gel please?" she asks.


Even more here from BikePortland.Org

St. Patrick's Day 2015: Kells boasts five days of festivities in Portland

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The Kells Pipers are a mainstay, performing numerous times throughout the five day St. Patrick's Day event. (Jamie Francis/The Oregonian)

Jamie Hale | The Oregonian/OregonLiveBy Jamie Hale | The Oregonian/OregonLive Email the author | Follow on Twitter on March 04, 2015 at 7:30 AM

St. Patrick's Day at Kells will end as it begins: with bagpipes.

The downtown Portland pub will host five days of festivities for the 2015 Irish celebration, all leading up to St. Patrick's Day itself on Tuesday, March 17. The programming varies from family-friendly activities to raucous adults-only affairs.

It all starts on Friday, March 13, with the fifth Kells Smoker, an "Oregon vs. Ireland" amateur boxing match, set up in a tent in the parking lot behind the downtown pub, filled to the gills with thick, wafting cigar smoke. For all its surreal "Mad Men" culture, the Smoker is probably the most unique St. Patrick's Day event in town. And yes, bagpipes will welcome the boxers into the ring.

The 7:30 p.m. fight also marks the beginning of Kells' big St. Patrick's Day Festival, which runs from March 13 to 17 at the downtown pub. There, Irish dancers and musicians will take to the indoor stage and the festival tent for morning, afternoon and evening performances, accompanied of course by Kells' own food and drink.

Minors are barred from the actual pub at all times during the festival, but will be welcome in the restaurant portion of the massive downtown establishment. The festival tent in the parking lot is more erratic with its age limits, with minors welcome in the mornings through the early evening, every day except Tuesday, which is 21-and-older all day.


Confirmed: Starbucks knows the next hot neighborhood before everybody else does

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Get your coffee, and then a mortgage.(AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

What fuels gentrification? The answer is the same thing that fuels the rest of us: coffee.

But not just any old cup o’ joe.

Starbucks, the iconic coffee roaster and retailer, has grown into a $15 billion company, with more than 19,000 locations in more than 60 countries. You can spot that familiar green-and-white logo from Saudi Arabia to Switzerland, in a Dubai shopping mall, or on a Carnival Cruise ship. Where the Berlin Wall once stood, there’s a shiny new Starbucks instead. Conveniently, one of our desks has a view of the original Starbucks store in Pike Place Market.

Starbucks’ mission is “to inspire and nurture the human spirit—one person, one cup and one neighborhood at a time.” Any college student downing venti caramel macchiatos to stay awake the night before a big exam can testify to Starbucks’, in a word, nurturing qualities. But as it turns out, Starbucks correlates with something else, too: rising home values.


Portland home prices continue to skyrocket (is it because of all the Starbucks? ;) )

Mar 4, 2015, 11:21am PST UPDATED: Mar 4, 2015, 11:47am PST

Staff Reporter-Portland Business Journal
The Portland housing market continues to heat up, with home prices climbing more than 7 percent in the past year.

The latest data from CoreLogic showed that in the Portland, Vancouver and Hillsboro tracking area, home prices, including distressed sales, increased by 7.6 percent in January 2015 compared to January 2014.Home prices rise 1000

On a month-over-month basis, home prices, including distressed sales, increased just under 1 percent in January 2015 compared to December 2014.

The trends here in the Portland region are similar to, though stronger than, those across the country, according to CoreLogic's data. Home prices nationwide, including distressed sales, increased 5.7 percent in January 2015 compared to January 2014.


‘Pub-Sheds’ Quickly Becoming Hot Trend in Backyard Entertainment

lighterside-staff-authorBy Lighter Side Staff  |  Read More

Backyard sheds are a dime a dozen. Most of them are useful for lawnmowers, tools, or perhaps your hubby’s smelly old high school sports paraphernalia. However, there’s a growing trend of pub-sheds that not only allow you to calm your nerves after a hard day’s work, but to do so in style from your very own back yard.

So even if your budget doesn’t allow for a hidden swimming pool or a $2 Million Backyard Paradise, you can now have a fun backyard project to look forward to.

Have your guests relax on the swivel stools as you serve them in style.

Via Reader Sheds

This one has enough room for a hammock, just in case you need to crash after that extra glass of wine.

Via Reader Sheds

You’ll swear Marty McFly sapped you back to the 50’s. Banjo player not included.

Via Reader Sheds


OHSU South Waterfront expansion; Con-way redevelopment in NW Portland: development roundup

Elliot Njus | The Oregonian/OregonLiveBy Elliot Njus | The Oregonian/OregonLive Email the author | Follow on Twitter on March 04, 2015 at 12:05 PM, updated March 04, 2015 at 1:39 PM

We're tracking proposed and in-the-works development across the metro area. Check back every week for the latest. If a project isn't included in the text of the post, click around on the map to see if we're tracking it.

If you're curious about a development near you that's not included or which appears out of date,send us a tip or ask for an update.

OHSU South Waterfront: Oregon Health & Science University is proposing three new buildings in Portland's South Waterfront:

  • The Knight Cancer Research Institute would be built on Southwest Moody Avenue just north of the new Collaborative Live Sciences Center. The 332,000-square-foot building is valued at $115 million.
  • A 12-story, 360,000-square-foot ambulatory care building above an existing underground parking garage. The garage is currently topped with grass. (Pictured in gallery.)
  • A 10-story, 264,000-square-foot with a conference center on the ground floor and guest housing for 80 people. It would also include 515 parking spaces. (Pictured in gallery.)


And Finally...

Portland Is Only 3rd Quirkiest City In US

Portlanders, it seems that we need to keep things even weirder. The City of Roses came in at No. 3 on Travel and Leisure magazine’s list of the 20 Quirkiest Cities in America.

While we were celebrated for our loyalty to local first and our biker way of life, Portland was beat out by Austin and New Orleans.

The Texas capital took the No. 2 spot because of the city’s dedication to the “Keep Austin Weird” movement — they have a wax museum that houses “the greatest in sci-fi, fantasy, and horror genres” and a bar that’s always decorated for Christmas. The Big Easy stole the top slot because it has a lot of parties and is all about VooDoo shops, plus one spa that provides VooDoo massages.

While Portland’s unicycle, coffee and beer cultures were mentioned, the magazine didn’t bring up our best assets to take down these other “weird” cities. There’s no mention of our own VooDoo (albeit a doughnut shop) or the Freaky-But-True Peculiarium oddities store. We’re also emotionally attached to our airport carpet. People waited for hours to attend opening weekend at the state’s first cat cafe. And what about the annual naked bike ride? Heck, there’s an entire show dedicated to all the weird things that we both love and loathe about our city.

What else was left off the magazine’s list?