Opening credits: Produced by the Portland Center for Continuing Education for the Portland Metropolitan Study Commission. With Geneva Stoller, Leo Foltz, and Johnson Creek.
A film by the Center for the Moving Image, Portland State University. Produced by Andries Deinum; film by Tom Taylor III.
"Truly, Portland is blessed by its site and scenery." "Fragments" is a study in contrasts, showing the city of Portland from the points of view of two residents living amidst and affected by the city’s burgeoning growth in the mid-sixties. The film explores the environmental, economic, and social effects of urban renewal, suburban development, mass transit, freeway development, proximity to natural areas, and industrial growth in Portland, and makes a case for the metro area’s many governing bodies to work collaboratively to repair or avoid damages done by rapid urbanization.
The time that Cascade Locks almost got its own aerial tram. November 1972. It sounds like a crazy idea now, but it got serious consideration forty years ago. The rationale (as presented in 1972) was that people would ride the tram to a spot 4000 feet above the gorge, be amazed by the view, and be inspired to care about the environment. Therefore it was an environmentally desirable project, even if you had to tear up chunks of said environment in order to build it. The idea had been kicking around for a decade at this point, so I have a feeling the aerial tree-hugging part was sort of retrofitted to an existing idea. In 1962 it was probably intended to be a straight-up tourist attraction.
On the whole I’m glad they didn’t build this. The aerial tram in Portland was controversial enough, but one in the middle of the Gorge would have been a complete eyesore. Still, the lazy tourist in me sometimes daydreams of visiting a scenic overlook above the gorge without all the long, tedious hiking. I still think it was a dumb idea, but I can totally see why it was an attractive dumb idea.
Dedication of O’Bryant Square, December 6th 1973. We seem to have not held any official festivities for the park’s 40th birthday, despite its hip new role as the place to sit & eat after visiting our trendy food carts. I dug this out because the fountain’s been out of commission for years now, and I was trying to remember what it used to look like before the city abandoned it. Sure would be nice if they’d get around to fixing it someday.
The article points out that the Franklin High School band played “Everything’s Coming Up Roses” for the dedication, in case that ever comes up as a trivia question or something.