Once a month, Think Out Loud heads to a different town in Oregon or Southwest Washington to find stories that go beyond the daily news.
This year Think Out Loud has been traveling across Oregon and Southwest Washington, seeking the stories and issues that identify a community. The series shares the rich complexities that make up life in towns throughout our region.
Below you will find a collection of portraits from all the towns, and an interactive map displaying all the places Think Out Loud has visited.
A series of photos from the different towns throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington
An interactive map of all the places and people from the Our Town series. Visit the Google Map in a full screen.
OPB | Nov. 26, 2013 11:18 p.m.
The Our Town series continues with its smallest destination yet — Fields, Oregon.
OPB | Sept. 18, 2013 10:22 a.m.
Longview has a unique civic history and many distinctions, not the least of which is being the only city that is home to three squirrel bridges.
OPB | July 30, 2013 11:01 a.m.
Sauvie Island is often called "Portland's backyard." In the summer people go there to pick berries, buy produce, bike on country roads, and sun on the beaches (one is clothing optional). In the fall it is all about pumpkins.
OPB | May 29, 2013 4 p.m.
For the next installment of the Our Town series, we'll focus on a city that was destroyed in a flood 65 years ago: Vanport.
OPB | April 11, 2013 4:58 p.m.
The next stop in the Our Town series is the newly formed neighborhood of Rosewood which straddles Portland and Gresham.
OPB | March 10, 2013 2:12 p.m.
Portland's Montavilla neighborhood, nestled in the city's southeast quadrant, has seen a lot of changes in recent years.
OPB | Dec. 12, 2012 3:19 p.m.
Baker City is a town that has seen a lot of ups and downs. The community of about 10,000 is situated in the high desert of eastern Oregon, surrounded by sagebrush and snow-dusted mountains.
OPB | Nov. 13, 2012 4:11 p.m.
Port Orford is the oldest city on the Oregon coast. We're in town talking to people about the local fishing economy, the arts and the effort to "keep the port in Port Orford."
Sept. 27, 2012 10:56 a.m.
The Central Oregon town of La Pine is the most recently incorporated city in the state. We're in town to find out more about the community, and how to build a city from scratch.
July 25, 2012 9:01 a.m.
The City of Ontario is virtually as far east in Oregon as you can get — right next to the Idaho border and on Mountain Time. In fact, the city's website describes Ontario as, "Where Oregon begins."