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I Live Here: PDX is a love letter to Portland and an anthology of its residents, neighborhoods and moods. The idea was inspired by a similar project in San Francisco. As native Portlanders who’ve chosen to make our lives here, we want to be a part of celebrating the city we live in and exploring how others live in it.

If you’d like to contribute, please see our participation page.

We are:

I Live Here PDX: Erin McGovney

Name & Age: Erin McGovney, 29

Hometown: Portland

Current Neighborhood: Almost St. Johns

How do you pay the rent and what is your slash?

Real Estate Broker/Pickler/Farmers Market Volunteer

What do you create? On a good day, I create perfect pairings of homes and people. And pickly goodness..

How did you land in Portland? The getting here was easy – I was born in Eugene and moved with my parents to Portland as a baby. I talk myself into staying at least once a year.

What is the last book you read? Let the Great World Spin, Colum McCann.

Name your favorite tattoo. I love oversize tattoos of everyday objects. My current favorites have got to be Ali Jepson’s (from Little Red Bike Café (RIP)) fork and spoon.

What was the last thing you ate at a food cart? Pumpkin & salted caramel ice cream from Scoop.

Oregonian, Willamette Week, or Mercury? WWeek for news, Merc for Savage Love.

What is your favorite bridge and why? St Johns, by a mile.

Stumptown Coffee or _________? Candidly? Anything hot and ready when I wake up. I really like Heart Coffee Roasters too.

Coast or Mountains? Coast. Gearhart, specifically.

Only in Portland moment? Riding my bike to a friend’s house for a food cart date with my sewing machine in the bike basket.

A favorite local business? Supportland is genius. It’s a rewards card for local businesses. The whole notion represents everything that’s good about Portland’s entrepreneurial spirit.

Are you a car person or a bike person? Riding my bike is infinitely more satisfying than driving. And yet, I drive daily. A conundrum.

If you could change one thing about Portland, what would it be? More diversity.

Where else can we find you on the web?

www.erinmcgovney.com

www.twitter.com/erinmcgovney

I Live Here PDX: Erin McGovney

I Live Here PDX: Sara Gray

Name & Age: Sara Gray, 27

Hometown: Beaverton, Oregon

Current Neighborhood: Hillsdale

How do you pay the rent and what is your slash? I’m a wedding photographer/amateur baker

What do you create? Stories

How did you land in Portland? Through a birth canal at Emanuel Hospital in 1983.

What is the last book you read? On the Road by Jack Kerouac

Name your favorite tattoo. I like the ones on delicate areas, like wrists.

What was the last thing you ate at a food cart? Vermicelli noodles, downtown at one of the many great Vietnamese carts.

Oregonian, Willamette Week, or Mercury? Willamette Week.

What is your favorite bridge and why? The Fremont, my dad likes it so it reminds me of him.

Stumptown Coffee or _________? I don’t drink coffee. How about Oregon Chai?

Coast or Mountains? Coast, all the way.

Only in Portland moment? I was on my bike and heard the clanging of the Steel Bridge. Needing to cross the river, I tried to book it down through the park to the Hawthorne to make it before it went up, but missed and spent ten minutes in the company of about 50 other cyclists gathered on the sidewalks while the bridge clanged away.

A favorite local business? Baker & Spice in Hillsdale. They keep me stuffed full of pastry.

Are you a car person or a bike person? A sort of guilty car person. I wish I had less stuff so I could always be on my bike.

If you could change one thing about Portland, what would it be? More respect and action on behalf of education and our local schools.

Where else can we find you on the web?

www.saragrayphotography.com

www.marrythis.com

www.saragray.net

twitter.com/segray

I Live Here PDX: Sara Gray

 

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