Portlandness: A Cultural Atlas, a new book by PSU professors David Banis and Hunter Shobe, is a fresh look at the city for lovers of Portland’s environments.
Chapters include everything from the Columbia Slough and Oaks Bottom to urban wildlife, zoning, demographics, lost streams, ecoroofs and rain gardens, foodie and biking culture, and transportation. It is infused with photos and stories of Portland’s green infrastructure, including some Environmental Services projects.
There is something for everyone, whether you’re a newcomer or long-time Portlander. The book’s innovative graphics and maps were created both by professionals and students (including third graders), and reveal the city’s various cultures and attitudes. We recommend it for the curious, map geeks, and fans of coyotes and chickens!