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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Timber Press; 1 edition (October 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0881928852
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881928853
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #515,204 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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“In the 20 walks in her new book she skillfully combines neighborhood history and architectural description with keen observations guaranteed to capture a walker’s imagination.”
(Oregonian)

About the Author

Laura O. Foster writes about Portland, Oregon and the towns around it. In her books, readers take long walks into urban neighborhoods: through streetcar districts and parks, up and down stairways, beyond dead-ends, along river beaches, atop volcanic peaks and anywhere that a curious person would want to explore. She crafts routes designed to get urban walkers to places others often miss exploring, and her walks weaves geology, architecture, history, ethnobotany and horticulture into a story about each place. Every walk also passes through a local commercial district where coffee, beer, books, and other joys of urban exploring will be found. She designs her routes so that each one makes for a small urban holiday, good for locals and visitors too, who want to get beyond the tourist highlights of one of the nation's most walkable cities.

More About the Author

Laura O. Foster writes about Portland, Oregon and the towns around it. In her books, readers take long walks into urban neighborhoods: through streetcar districts and parks, up and down stairways, beyond dead-ends, along river beaches, atop volcanic peaks and anywhere that a curious person would want to explore. She crafts routes designed to get urban walkers to places others often miss exploring, and her walks weaves geology, architecture, history, ethnobotany and horticulture into a story about each place. Every walk also passes through a local commercial district where coffee, beer, books, and other joys of urban exploring will be found. She designs her routes so that each one makes for a small urban holiday, good for locals and visitors too, who want to get beyond the tourist highlights of one of the nation's most walkable cities.

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You can tell Laura loves Portland as much as my husband and I do!
Amazon Customer
My quick read/look through this book has caught my interest with lots of interesting facts that we'll be sure to enjoy as we explore Portland.
B. J. Ward
Portland is blessed with some wonderfully unique neighborhoods, each with layers of fascinating history and replete with charm and character.
Donald A. Beech

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Steve W. Bonds on October 29, 2008
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Much like her earlier book, Portland Hill Walks, this is much more than a list of scenic strolls through Portland and its suburbs. She gives an amazing amount of detail on the history of the locations, architecture of its buildings, and other interesting bits of trivia that even us locals don't know! She will even get down to the history behind a single house which might otherwise not even be noticed while walking by it.

Even better, without the hills these walks are more accessible to beginners.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Forrest on March 21, 2009
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Laura Foster has put out two fantastic books about Portland walks. This is her latest one and it's terrific. The walk descriptions are like little history and architecture lessons. The neighborhoods she selected are mostly SE and NE Portland. Inner SE is well represented: Buckman, Laurelhurst, Ladds Addition, Sellwood, Sullivan's Gulch. Check it out all you urban explorers!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Donald A. Beech on October 24, 2009
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Can't say enough about this volume and Laura Foster's earlier Portland Hill Walks: Twenty Explorations in Parks and Neighborhoods. As a two-week vacation traveler to Portland this past summer, these two books were constantly with me along the way on my numerous walks and hikes throughout the city. Portland is blessed with some wonderfully unique neighborhoods, each with layers of fascinating history and replete with charm and character. And thanks to the city's outstanding public transit system, the majority of these hikes are easily accessible without a car. Foster's books offer such interesting details of history, architecture, cultural and physical geography, as well as many individuals important to the development of Portland's neighborhoods over the years. These are such well-researched and detailed volumes that the reader comes away from these neighborhood encounters sensing that the homes and streets have been friends for years. I will use both of these books whenever I return to Portland in the years to come...there is still so much to learn about this great American city! I'm also certain that Portland natives could learn a good deal from making use of these. Thank you, Laura Foster, for two of the best urban walking guides I have ever found!
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By Julie Schultz on November 1, 2013
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Nice walks of various lengths and difficulty, with clear directions and lots of city history. We've walked from a lot of different books and Laura Foster's are by far the most interesting and least likely to get a couple of direction-challenged people lost!
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