I Live Here: Dave Strom

Name & Age: David Strom (aka Dave Knows). I am in my late mid-thirties (i.e. 39).

Hometown: Portland, Oregon.

Current Neighborhood: Downtown, until May at least. I move a lot.  I’ve called the following neighborhoods home for at least a year apiece: Reed, Creston-Kenilworth (twice), Buckman, Goose Hollow, Hosford-Abernathy, Mt. Scott (twice), Richmond, Downtown (thrice), and Boise (twice).

How do you pay the rent and what is your slash? I write a blog called Daveknows.org. It’s about stuff I find interesting in Portland. My wife and I also just started a new business: PDX Web Ads. (Unfortunately, I have a day job in software quality assurance that pays the actual bills.)

What do you create? I think of myself as more of a curator than a creator. I dig up unconventional and interesting things about, and going on in Portland.

How did you land in Portland? I’m a native, born and raised. Well, raised in the suburbs. But I’ve been living in Portland proper since 1990 (with the exception of a 2 year stint in Hawaii a decade ago).

What is the last book you read? This Day in Oregon History (research for a project on my blog).

Name your favorite tattoo. My wife’s of course! I’ve yet to find anything I’d want imprinted on my own skin for the rest of my life.

What was the last thing you ate at a food cart? The amazing Fishy Chips at Eurotrash Cart.

Oregonian, Willamette Week, or Mercury? All occasionally online. None in real life.

What is your favorite bridge and why? Hmm, Broadway maybe? For a year or so I walked across it almost every day as part of my commute. Not as many cyclists trying to kill pedestrians as on the Hawthorne, which is the only other bridge I’ve crossed on foot as often. Also far fewer bridge lifts to wait out.

Stumptown Coffee or _________? Peet’s actually. I’m not a big fan of Stumptown. My favorite local-ish coffee comes from Astoria Coffee Roasters, but I don’t think it’s available in Portland (if someone knows please let me know!).

Coast or Mountains? Mountains for summer camping. Coast for rain and wind all year long.

Only in Portland moment? Any one of thousands watching Portland Timbers matches.  Portland sports fans are uniquely good natured obsessives. 

A favorite local business? Hall of Records on Belmont. The proprietors Justin and Katie are friends of ours, and we watched them build the store from sketches in notebooks, to hammers and nails. Great people, delicious food, awesome music.

Are you a car person or a bike person? Neither! My preferred mode of transportation is by foot. I’m also a long time TriMet trouper. I’ve been accused of being an (idiot?) savant when it comes to my knowledge of TriMet routes.

If you could change one thing about Portland, what would it be? Better transit funding and more focus on improving pedestrian infrastructure. Also more poutine.

And finally, where can we find you on the web?

Dave Knows Portland

TriMet Diaries

Portland Poutine

PDX Web Ads

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