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Water Towers

Thursday, February 26, 2009
Back in the 80's and early 90's I was growing up in North Portland. Crime was high, housing values were low, schools were terrible, and I was just a kid who didn't know any of that. What I did know, at least subconsciously, was that there were water towers all over town. They were a normal part of life, and that was that.

A water tower in North Portland

Fast forward a decade or two and now I'm moving back to North Portland, and back into the familiar embrace of the ubiquitous green water tower. They're all over the place! I didn't realize, until moving around the Willamette Valley, that these large, green spherical towers that parked above the ground like massive alien spacecraft weren't everywhere.

I like them. They're fun landmarks for me. They make me feel strangely comfortable - and I like what they do. It's one of those small, strange things that makes this town feel more like "mine".


Blogger Jake said...

You'd hate Bend. I don't think we have a single one of those things here.

8:26 PM, March 02, 2009  

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