I love this smart savvy Lady!

By , November 18, 2011 3:32 pm

I am so excited to introduce you to Michele Reeves, I just met her myself this week at the Waluga Masonic Lodge in Lake Oswego. The meeting that Michele was presenting was “Fundamentals of Thriving Downtowns”. You all know how I thrive to promote urban downtown living and that I am very active in being a stakeholder for a vibrant downtown for Lake Oswego, marketing two condo projects, Stafford Commons and 555 2nd st Condos for the last five years.

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Foothills Park

Michele is an urban strategist with extensive background in commercial real estate, development consulting, project management, and retail leasing. She founded Civilis Consultants to help cities improve their downtowns by teaching the building blocks found in successful commercial districts. Working together with stakeholders, she takes those essential elements and uses them to help communities construct detailed and achievable plans for revival.

Who would not love this savvy consultant and her fast paced informative presentation- she is known nation wide!


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Lakeview Village

The next series of workshops will included the following-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Analysis and Recommendations Presentation- short term goals and concrete steps

Field Trip of “Do’s and Don’ts” in the City

Marketing and PR workshop “every downtown should have a clear idea of the experience it wants to provide”

Be sure to connect with Michele at www.civilisconsultants.com and www.cityoflakeoswego.com for more information.

See you downtown at the Saturday market for all the Turkey fixins! Cheers ck

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George Rogers Park


Skinny Homes around the World

By , November 17, 2011 4:31 pm

With the biggest food themed holidays just around the corner, not many of us are focusing on skinny (there’s plenty of time for that in Januray)!  But it looks like “skinny” is a growing trend around the world as land becomes more scarce and people continue to downsize! Check out these “skinny” homes from around the world.

Amsterdam is no stranger to skinny housing and these homes are common through out the city. At one time, there was a tax based on the width of a property – thus inspiring a lot of folks to go up instead of out! To read more about each home, click the city name.

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Philadelphia Narrow Escapes SS Skinny Homes around the World{Philadelphia}

Boston Narrow Escapes SS Skinny Homes around the World{Boston}

Millport Narrow Escapes SS Skinny Homes around the World{Scotland}

Seattle Narrow Escapes SS Skinny Homes around the World{Seattle}

So could you live in one of these Skinny Homes?

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Images via here.

Subway Art: Stockholm’s underground museum

By , November 9, 2011 1:51 pm

As many of you know, I am a BIG fan of mass transit,  so when I got to see the fabulous Stockholm Subway system I was in awe! Amazing art, prehistoric bed rock walls, 21st century technology all co-existing beneath this beautiful city!

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It has been called the longest Art museum in the world with 110 km (approx. 68 miles) of lines!

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The bedrock walls have been left exposed in many areas which provides an intriguing juxtaposition to the man made materials and technology. I love how art has been incorporated! It’s everywhere!

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Here is a great video of this incredible labyrinth of art and trains…

Pretty cool right? Hope you are having a great week!

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Images via here and here.

Artist Studio & Guest House

By , November 4, 2011 12:51 pm

I always enjoy seeing multifunctional design. It takes thought, precision and creativity to fully utilize a space and have it work on many levels – just like this fabulous Artist Studio/Guest House designed by Virent Architecture.

Virant Studio 4 Artist Studio & Guest House

The owners of this sleek new out building are quite the creative team – one being a graphic designer and the other a metal smith! They desperately needed room to create but also desired a living space for the occassional guest.

Virant Studio 1 Artist Studio & Guest House

Virant Studio 2 Artist Studio & Guest House

Streamlined and modern the space is warmed by using natural woods and soothing colors. Coming in at a modest 700 sq. ft.,  it still meets all the clients’ needs and has a good dose of architectural pizzaz!

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To view more projects from Virant Architecture go here.

Have a fantastic Friday!

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