What do the Portlandia statue, garbage cans, water fountains and the Oregon History Museum have in common? These are among the points of interest highlighted in a new Commons Walking Tour of Portland, which debuts this month. The goal of the tour’s student creators is “to spark a conversation, ignite and inspire” stewardship of our commons.
The Commons Walking Tour was created as part of the Portland State University Capstone course, Reclaiming the Commons. Oregon Commons is the community partner for this inspirational class. The tour features fourteen downtown locations and a series of discussion questions that promote reflection on diverse aspects of Portland’s commons from the airwaves, historic buildings, and the famous Portlandia statue, to the “mundane commons” such as curbs and public restrooms.