Category Archives: design

Affordable Housing — Another Shameful Setback for Portland (A Rant)

About a decade ago the city of Portland made a commitment that development of the South Waterfront neighborhood would include enough affordable housing to ensure that a diversity of economic status in the new neighborhood that reflected that of the … Continue reading

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Water Feature Discovered in Back Yard… and Removed

There was a lovely weeping willow tree in the backyard of our new house in Portland when we bought the place. Its canopy covered 2/3 of the backyard and extended over the fence line on two sides and the house … Continue reading

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A Curved Pancake Turner? Why??

OK it escapes me why anybody would design a pancake turner like the one below with a curved edge. It can’t be used to scrape a pan because it only makes contact at one point. And it is too stiff … Continue reading

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Plastic Adirondack Chair — So Wrong!

Talk about bad design! Take a simple chair, designed to be made from dimension lumber, and make it out of molded plastic in hideous colors. Be sure to mold in faux “wood grain.” Then make the arms slope too much … Continue reading

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