The Next Big Thing

Heavy equipment and workers are much in evidence in this scene north of SW Morrison St.  The poster advertises "The Next Big Thing Downtown," and depicts a "Type 4" LRV -- with service for that model still almost two years in the future at the time of this 2007 image.  This is one of several construction photos in this segment.

The bend in the visualization is common to all streets running north-south in downtown Portland.  North of the vicinity of W Burnside St., their alignments follow cardinal directions.  South, all arteries skew to and from the southwest, angling to and from magnetic north as it was at the time the street pattern was developed in the 1840s.  These blocks roughly parallel the flow of the Willamette River.

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