I arrived in the City of Portland Oregon in early December 2012 and found it to be beautifully unique city unlike any other city I have been to. It was to my luck an unusually dry period for Portland. It didn’t rain for 18 days. I was able to find an apartment and get all moved in before the rains came. I know now how lucky that was. I’d have had a much soggier time of it had the weather been normal.
What I found in Portland was an energized city with a sense of newness. Now granted, I was coming from the Lake Tahoe area, an area that has no feeling of newness, just a feeling of decline and economic decay. Tahoe, the jewel of the sierra is spread between two states, California and Nevada, arguably the two worst performing economies in the country. As such it provided a great contrast to the excitement that I found in Portland.
Since I was new to the area I spent a fair amount of time reading articles on the economy that stretched back a few years, back into times where optimism was lower and the throws of the financial decline of America had set the stage for what now emerged in Portland, a vibrant sense of newness. What is now called “a community of Thinkers and Makers”. A popular theme echoed by many but one person in particular, a lady I met named Kelley Roy. Kelley is one of the founders of a shared workshop facility called ADX. Much like a gym membership, ADX is a ten thousand square foot wood shop, metal shop and ‘idea’ shop with an underlying theme of a ‘business incubator’ focused on thinkers and makers.
ADX Design & Fabrication Facility available in the Portland Community – A Metal, Wood and Design Shop Membership Concept located in Portland Oregon