Know Your City! is a downtown walking tour that illustrates the origins of Portland and its journey to the present. While exploring downtown art, parks, buildings, and bridges, we cover the collective history of Portland, from pop culture to marginalized histories, including the thousands of Multnomah people native to the region to the lessons we’ve learned while transforming into a growing urban city. While there are a lot of “Beginners Guides to Portland” tours, KYC stands out with our emphasis on history about communities of color, Portland’s unique style of urban planning, and influential social movements that have been active.
Conversations and destinations on the tour include:
- Ankeny Alley: Skidmore Fountain and Voodoo Doughnuts
- Downtown Waterfront: the buried Harbor Drive, the Willamette superfund site and big pipe project, Mill Ends Park
- The South Park Blocks: an incubating place for Portland’s social movements
- The Portlandia Statue and TriMet’s Bus Mall