I Live Here: Laurel Jacobsen

I Live Here:PDX

Name & Age: Laurel E. Jacobson/37 years old

Hometown: DeKalb, IL.

Current Neighborhood: N. Williams (Boise/Eliot) 

How do you pay the rent and what is your slash? Mortgage Banker/ Photographer/Painter.

What do you create? I make mortgages; the good kind. I also create fine-art photography from an abstract perspective. I’m in love with urban decay and the idea of making something beautiful from something ugly, discarded and overlooked.

How did you land in Portland? My family was living in Illinois and my father was hunting for a job along the West Coast. He subscribed to The Oregonian, Seattle Times and San Francisco Chronicle. He landed a job in Portland at Edgefield when it was still a rehab center back in 1979. I’m still here 31 years later.

What is the last book you read? The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan. It has changed my life and my outlook on eating. It’s a must read if you are human and eat food.

Name your favorite tattoo. The one on my left arm/shoulder of a Hamsa hand. It’s reminiscent of going to Israel with my grandparents when I was 11.

What was the last thing you ate at a food cart? A Koi Fusion burrito with extra kimchi – yummy!

Oregonian, Willamette Week, or Mercury? Willamette Week. I like sass.

What is your favorite bridge and why? The Broadway Bridge because it’s a lovely shade of red and connects me to my 2 favorite parts of town.

Stumptown Coffee or _________? Oblique Coffee Roasters in SE Portland. Awesome coffee and they have the greatest ambiance in their shop – super eclectic and funky.

Coast or Mountains? Neither. I’m a city girl through and through.

Only in Portland moment? Only in Portland will a car stop traffic for a pedestrian to cross the street even when the car has the right away.

A favorite local business? Organics to YouPowell’s BooksFlutter, andMetrovino as well as The Pixie Project and Oregon Humane Society (non-profits).

Are you a car person or a bike person? Sadly, I am 100% car person. I don’t enjoy getting  wet (I know, I know.) I love the ability to sing at the top of my lungs and not be judged.

If you could change one thing about Portland, what would it be? Why, oh why can’t we see more of that big, beautiful, shining orb in the sky?!

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




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