A Mayoral Candidate's Walking Tour Of Portland

By April Baer (OPB), Aaron Scott (OPB), Rene Bermudez (OPB) and Randy Gragg (OPB)
Portland, Oregon Feb. 26, 2016 6:11 p.m.
Randy Gragg and Mayoral Candidate Jules Bailey in southeast Portland.

Randy Gragg and Mayoral Candidate Jules Bailey in southeast Portland.

Greg Bond / OPB

This week our resident architecture critic, Randy Gragg, joined mayoral candidates Jules Bailey and Ted Wheeler on walkabout. Gragg took the candidates through their paces, pushing them to get specific about the architecture and design issues facing our city.

Wheeler, Oregon's state Treasurer and a former Multnomah County chair, elected to stroll through Montavilla, one of Southeast Portland’s increasingly rare beasts: a desirable yet still affordable neighborhood.

Bailey, former state representative and county commissioner, chose to revisit the neighborhood he grew up in: Sunnyside, the home of popular SE strips Belmont and Hawthorne.

Check out video highlights, below, and don't forget to scroll on for our Portland architecture taste test: a slideshow capturing the candidates' takes on individual buildings, including an ultramodern house recently plopped into the middle of the historic Alberta neighborhood that has caught a lot of flak.

Finally, scroll all the way to the bottom of the page to listen to Gragg, Bailey, and Wheeler's appearance at the Bright Lights conversation series at Jimmy Mak's, where they dug even deeper into urban design and architecture.

Editors note: Videographer, Greg Bond, OPB

Wheeler’s secret weapon for saving the historic structures of Montavilla from destructive development: SE 82nd Ave.


Wheeler: “I just don’t fundamentally believe that anybody should be be beholden to what is already in the past … I believe the community has a stake in the future. We’re all collectively part of it.”

How can Portland house its growing workforce? Bailey proposes changing building codes to allow for more high-density housing.

To bring down the costs of development, Bailey says, we need to reduce the amount of red tape required to build.

If the blue and yellow multi-use building currently housing Belmont Records goes down, what will replace it? Bailey wants to make sure that developers respect the special character of this inner southeast corridor.

A Portland Architecture Taste Test: Yea, Nay, Or Meh?

The candidates weigh in on the buildings that are defining and redefining Portland architecture.

Bright Lights: Portland's Mayoral Candidates Talk Urban Design

Mayoral candidates Jules Bailey and Ted Wheeler talked about architecture, urban planning, and design with Randy Gragg at the Bright Lights conversation series at Jimmy Mak's earlier this year.