I love doing the Local Market feature for Architect, but especially when I can profile a city I love.

Since I married a native Seattle-ite, I get down to Portland fairly frequently and I'm in love with the place. Steve says it's like Seattle was pre-tech boom, so he digs it, too. The people are fantastic, the architecture fabulous, and don't get me started on the food. Man, what I would give for a maple-bacon donut from Voodoo Donuts right about now. *Sigh* So it was a real kick to spotlight the City of Roses for this month's edition.

Portland, Ore.

Credit: Brian Foulkes

Oregon’s most populous city is fertile ground for sustainable design. With 82 LEED-certified buildings (at press time), Portland is second in the U.S. only to the much-larger Chicago, which has 88. Maybe it’s the damp weather — the City of Roses averages 38 inches of rainfall and more than 150 days of precipitation annually — or the progressive leadership and critical mass of creative people. Keep reading here.

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