“‘Riches of a City’ documents the development of the Skidmore District (Old Town) in downtown Portland, Oregon, and recounts the struggle to bring this neighborhood into the modern era while preserving its cultural and historical significance.”
End credits: Created with the support of the Oregon Historical Society, Salvation Army Band, Eugene E. Snyder, Lanny Swerdlow, Jean Hoops, Bill Hawkins, George McMath, George Sheldon, the Modern Jazz Quartet, and Virgil Taylor & Pizza Pete.
Produced for the Center for Urban Education and KOIN-TV Department of Public Affairs.
Film by the Center for the Moving Image, Portland State University: Matt Clark, Tom Cunningham, Pierre Frigara, Jim Gronsand, David Robert Lewis, Thomas Ryan, Randy Stoll, and Thomas T. Taylor III. Narrated by Ed Collier.
"OMSI slates ‘rock festival’", January 28th 1976. The museum’s annual Agate & Mineral Show (which celebrated its 62nd year in 2013) had an extra-special feature in 1976, a “First Annual Pet Rock Show”. There doesn’t appear to have been a Second Annual Pet Rock Show. I checked.
Ad for mail-order leisure suits, from the August 1st 1976 Oregonian.
THE RESIDENTS on Mount Tabor laugh at MALARIA. No case has ever been known to originate on that most healthful of buttes. Hundreds have been cured by temporary residence there. It is not the MALARIA inhaled during the hours of active business life that kills. It is malaria absorbed during the hours of rest. Slavin, the Panama contractor, anchored his men three miles at sea every night and saved their lives whilst DEATH RAN RIOT amongst those ashore. When in the summer months the residents of Portland fly to the seaside or elsewhere, the people at MOUNT TABOR enjoy their fruits and flowers and an Italian summer, and laugh at the fears of Portlanders, and THANK GOD that they do not have to desert their homes, since THERE IS NO MALARIA ON MOUNT TABOR.
Here’s a photo of the shiny new Central Plaza parking garage under construction at SW 4th & Alder, back when cars were king and businessmen wore jaunty hats. April 11th, 1965. This seems to have been the city’s first big multistory parking garage; a later article about downtown parking (12/30/1967) talks as if it was still the only big parking garage at that point, and refers to it as the “gem” of downtown’s parking options. The 1967 article is an interesting time capsule of the city business scene at the time. Apparently business was looking up and retailers were feeling optimistic, after getting a scare a few years earlier when the Lloyd Center Mall opened over on the eastside. Businesses gave out “Park & Shop” stamps that were good for discounted (but apparently not free) parking. And the parking lot magnates who were interviewed seemed bullish about future prospects, saying the public’s “new affluence” made them willing to drop a little extra cash on a convenient parking spot. All this sunny optimistic talk really makes me want a time machine. So long as it’s a two way trip, I mean.
An unbuilt 1974 proposal would have created a “Central Plaza South” parking structure one block south, with the two connected by a skybridge, part of a larger skybridge network that would have allowed shoppers to visit the downtown Newberry’s, Meier & Frank, and Lipmann’s department stores without ever setting foot outside at ground level. I’m always fascinated by alternate grand visions like this. The articles mention there was a great deal of handwringing about preserving street-level retail, which is probably why this was never built. One of the 1974 articles lists the businesses occupying the block at the time, which is kind of a time capsule in itself:
Presently doing business on the property are the Blue Mouse Theater, 4th Avenue Smoke Shop, Capitol Barber Shop, Tummy Tamer doughnut shop, Third Avenue Smoke Shop, Stockmen’s Club, Angel’s Jewels, Grand Oasis Tavern, Oriental Gift Shop, Olympic Sauna & Bath, and the Soup Kitchen. Storage space is also involved.