Weekly update – Portland Mall


Originally uploaded by dieselboi.

On my weekly round-trip walk of the Portland Mall, I see they are getting close to finishing parts of the rail portion. It is pretty cool. In the simplest terms, they get the rail up on 6×6 wooden blocks, weld long lengths together, use cool tools to make sure the rail is the right width apart, use other cool tools to make sure they are level and the right height and then they pour concrete to cement the entire thing. I know this is boring, but as someone who walks the mall weekly at least once, I am seeing the change before my eyes and that my friends is COOL!
If you look close at the picture, you may realize where this is taken. You are facing south on NW 5th Ave. Deep in the photo, you see the rail turn slightly to the left. Trivia question: why is it turning left?

4 Comments so far

  1. Reid Beels (unregistered) on March 30th, 2007 @ 9:50 pm


  2. no one in particular (unregistered) on March 31st, 2007 @ 11:19 am

    Because the numbered streets south of Burnside run parallel to the river, whereas the ones north of Burnside run north/south because Captain Couch thought aligning the streets to the river was a stupid idea.

    Except, wait, shouldn’t it be turning slightly right?

  3. Atlas (unregistered) on April 2nd, 2007 @ 7:53 am


  4. dieselboi (unregistered) on April 2nd, 2007 @ 8:51 am

    Both Reid and No one in Particular are correct. It begins its turn at Burnside. Why it goes left before turning right may be due to the angle or setting up for a stop right before or after Burnside.

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