Portlandia’s Tiny House

It’s a bit strange to hear that the tiny house trend is hitting Midwestern cities, but it probably makes sense in a place like Portland. In this clip, Kumail Nanjiani tours one on the IFC show Portlandia. Enjoy!


Pioneer Motor Bearing Co./Stark Motor Co. Ghost Signs in San Francisco

Pioneer Motor Bearing Co./Stark Motor Co. Ghost Signs in San Francisco

I came across this two-in-one ghost sign combo at 798 Eddy St. just off Van Ness Ave., San Francisco’s old “auto row.” The Pioneer Motor Bearing Co., with its jaunty arrow, is fairly straightforward. The older sign? I think it says Stark Motor Co.
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Uncover the Stories Behind the Union Terminal Murals: WOW! Check out the photographic sources for mural imagery as well as the stories of the people in them.

Make Cincy Yours: a bit of Queen City pride in video form.

Important Buildings We Lost in 2013: a sad architectural roundup.

The 10 Most Dangerous Places in New York City: a fantastic romp through film locations in NYC.

Who Put the O in Portland?: simplified circular maps from Archie’s Press.

Suburban Corporate Wasteland: on office parks in suburban Connecticut and beyond.

The Same Little House from the Same Camera Angle Over a Two-year Period: beautiful.


3CDC Shows Preliminary Plans for Next Big Over-the-Rhine Projects: major plans for 15th St. from Race to Vine.

Meet Cincinnati USA – We Do What We Love.: randomly, I just met Mr. Yellow Pants last weekend.

What It Means to Keep Chain Stores out of San Francisco: “This is not about, is this good for my business? It’s about, is it good for the neighborhood? That’s more important to us than foot traffic, or even profitability.”

Diary: Google Invades: “neatly dressed, uncool, a little out of place, blinking in the light as they emerged from their pod” — tech workers emerging from a Google bus in San Francisco.

Priced out of New York: on the shame of having to leave Manhattan for Brooklyn and then for the scary world beyond [in this case, Portland].

Ask a Native New Yorker: How Guilty Should I Feel About Being a Horrible Gentrifier?: “If you ask most of my native New Yorker friends this question, they’re going to tell you that you should feel guilty about gentrifying your neighborhood, and the best thing that you could do is ship yourself back home to St. Paul or wherever ‘the fuck’ it is that you’re from.”

Transparent House in Japan: a see-through home in Tokyo, designed by Sou Fujimoto Architects.


Cincinnati 2012: how lovely to end the year with a time lapse showing downtown, Over-the-Rhine and much more.

How to Have Your Heart Broken Every Year: on the perils of gardening in Over-the-Rhine.

Paige’s Favorite Things: wow, we’re in a great company in this roundup of Cincinnati-centric goods, courtesy of Cincy Whimsy.

Habitat for Humanity Takes a Modern Tack: inspiring homes built in Charlottesville, Seattle and Portland.

The Oldest Photo Ever Taken of New York City: a daguerreotype of the Upper West Side from 1848.

Strong Towns: “passionate about the future of America’s cities, towns and neighborhoods.”

Unmiserable Cleveland: just that.

The Art of Matte Stephens

Manhattan by Matte Stephens

Manhattan by Matte Stephens

Portland, OR-based Matte Stephens is sort of the love child of Georges Damin and Mark Coomer, with a hint of Nicholas Takis and a touch of Jim Flora in the mix, sprinkled with a garnish of early Charley Harper. His gouache paintings are very much rooted in the forms and colors of the middle of the 20th century, and I especially like his scenes of different cities.
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