I Live Here: Michael Orr

I Live Here: Michael Orr

Name & Age: Michael Orr, 28

Hometown: Charlottesville, Virginia

Current Neighborhood: King’s Hill

How do you pay the rent and what is your slash? Airline regulatory information research is how I pay the rent. Several slashes keep me busy the rest of the day but do less to support tenancy: Soccer writer/podcast host/Timbers supporter

What do you create? Mostly podcasts and articles related to soccer, moving up to books as we speak.

How did you land in Portland? Moved out to Portland in 2009 after my wife finished grad school in the Southeast. Needed a change in scenery and after a short visit to Portland, it was clear this was where we needed to be.

What is the last book you read? The World is a Ball, by John Doyle. Toronto-based TV columnist’s almost accidental entry into soccer writing. Covers his trips to the 2002 and 2006 World Cups as well as Euro 2004 and 2008 tournaments.

Name your favorite tattoo. Mao’s face, which will one day adorn my person.

What was the last thing you ate at a food cart? I’m embarrassed to say it’s been a while since I’ve eaten at a food cart. But the last time I did, I went to Viking Soul Food on NE 20th and had lefse with Norse meatballs.

Oregonian, Willamette Week, or Mercury? Oregonian, though mostly for Timbers coverage. Geoffrey C. Arnold has been doing a nice job this year.

What is your favorite bridge and why? The Steel Bridge is probably my favorite. The ability to transport cars, buses, MAX trains, regular trains, bicyclists and pedestrians at once makes it the most versatile. It’s also the shortest span, which is nice on a bike.

Stumptown Coffee or _________? Stumptown is good, though I like trying different, local brews. Portland Roasting has been in the rotation recently.

Coast or Mountains? Mountains, though the Oregon coast is pretty nice. Mostly, though, I prefer to stay in the city.

Only in Portland moment? Seeing a dozen or so small Christmas trees downtown whose lights were powered by individual mini-solar panels.

A favorite local business? For things, Canoe is the best. Otherwise, Bridgetown Beerhouse on N Mississippi is great. Really wide selection and really nice guys running the place.

Are you a car person or a bike person? Definitely a bike person. I have a car but I love my bike and ride it everywhere in the city. If I didn’t work at home, I’d use it to commute.

If you could change one thing about Portland, what would it be? I grant that this is a little thing, but I think a huge network of streetcars and trolleys throughout the city would be even more encouraging of transport usage than the current bus system. I guess the change I would make is to have the city keep its streetcar system that existed up until the 1950s. Otherwise, I think Portland is pretty great the way it is.

And finally, where can we find you on the web? http://mao.cascadia.fm, http://twitter.com/maofootball

I Live Here: Michael Orr

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