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Walk There! 50 treks in and around Portland and Vancouver Paperback – April 15, 2009
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Walk There! maps won the highest honor in the July 2009, Environmental Science Research Institute (ESRI) International User Conference. This is the world's largest event dedicated to geographic information system (GIS) technology. The maps took first place in this particular category and later went on to win best overall, beating out all other first-place finishers and prevailing over 2,000 entries. --Publisher
Dear Metro: Today, around a year after I started, I completed the 50th walk in Walk There. Without question, this has been the best project I've ever undertaken to learn about the Portland Metro Area. Along our walks, we've discovered homes, neighborhoods, cafes, vintage theaters, art, wildlife, and other beautiful scenery. Thanks for putting out such a great guide. --By John Andersen
About the Author
Laura Foster writes about Portland, Oregon in her three books, Walk there! 50 treks in and around Portland and Vancouver, Portland Hill Walks, and Portland City Walks. Each book leads readers and walkers on urban excursions of two to six miles, telling the stories of neighborhoods' geology, human history, and architecture, along with offbeat tidbits ranging from how Native Americans used local plants, how to look for geological signs of the past, to the story behind those glass squares embedded in old city sidewalks. Portland Hill Walks, released in 2005, has been called a treasure of information; one of the best guidebooks in years by the Salem, Oregon Statesman Journal. Walk There! was published in April of 2009 by Metro, Portlands regional, tri-county government responsible for watching over landuse.
Top customer reviews
Looking back, I'm thrilled to have discovered so many diverse neighborhoods, and so many interesting homes, coffee shops, restaurants, historical sites, trees, wildlife, vistas, and last but not least, people.
If you want to "go on vacation" every weekend for the next year, and spend a pittance, this is the book for you.
I continue revisiting many of the walks. Some I've done more than a dozen times.
This is made possible by connecting these walks with my daily schedule of carpet cleaning (I have my own business). If a job is in North Portland, for instance, I just go a couple hours early (before rush hour) and catch a Walk There walk on the way.
It's a splendid start to each day.
I simply can't thank Metro enough for creating such a great little book.
Mine is highly dog-eared.
Note: This book is probably not ideal for tourists or first time visitors to Portland, as many of the walks are away from the city core. Residents may find it the best of the Portland walking books and a great excuse to get outdoors.