New York Times – February 1, 2009
IN the days before grunge, Northeast Alberta Street was a blighted neighborhood of vacant buildings and aging auto shops, a place better known for crime than cool art. But as other neighborhoods in Portland, Ore., have succumbed to chain stores and cookie-cutter condos, this scrappy street in the city’s northeast section [...]

New York Times – June 21, 2009
OF all the neighborhoods that lie along Seattle’s Lake Union, the industrial district known as South Lake Union seems to have languished the longest. With nothing but boat and auto retailers, modest homes and takeout joints, few visitors ventured there, except perhaps to shop at the flagship REI store.
But that’s changing, [...]