Heath Paley approaches his art the way a private detective might approach a stakeout. He studies his subject from multiple perspectives, settling on one that offers a broad, unobstructed view.
His stakeouts may last several hours, sometimes days or weeks. He sits alone, camera at his eye, clicking off multiple shots with his 35mm camera.
A Portland-based fine-art photographer, Paley creates a single large-scale image – some as large as 8 feet wide and often mounted on aluminum – from a series of overlapping photos that he stitches together on a computer to create a composite digital image. The result is an unusually dense picture that is packed with depth, detail and saturated color.
When curator Heather Frederick saw a print of his in the Portland Museum of Art Biennial in 2011, she found it “weirdly interesting” but couldn’t readily identify why. Across the image – in every corner, in the middle, on
While grocery baron Fred Meyer occupied the entire top floor of the landmark 1929 Envoy building on one side of Burnside Street, artists and entrepreneurs were flying into multilevel, luxury pads across the road.
Residences in Northwest Portland seemed more fitting to Manhattan than Stumptown. Architectural firms like Whitehouse Fouilhoux were on a tear to sketch out plans for pricey European and Eastern-style buildings and mansions.
One of the grandest buildings by the firm was known as the Seven Hundred Five Davis Street Apartments in fashionable Nob Hill.
The seven-story, French Renaissance-style structure formed a U-shape fronted by a formal courtyard. Exterior walls were covered in off-white terra cotta and soft red brick.
The entrance foyer’s elevator was installed a year before one was famously inserted into the Pittock Mansion a
Defeated house hunters in Toronto and Vancouver who feel that the supply of affordable homes must be shrinking aren’t entirely imagining the phenomenon.
Beata Caranci, chief economist at Toronto-Dominion Bank, says the houses listed for sale are increasingly tilted towards the upper end of the market. Her report, entitled Moving on the Monopoly Board: Buyer Gridlock in the Toronto and Vancouver Housing Markets, illustrates how the change is shifting the way people get onto the property ladder and how they climb up once they get there.
Ms. Caranci was prompted to drill into the numbers behind the vanishing listings after hearing so much about the lack of supply that continually frustrates house hunters in the two cities.
“You keep hearing it’s a sellers’ market but the sellers have to go somewhere.”
Ms. Caranci says it’s still common for people to buy an entry-level home with the thought of trading up as babies come along,
The labor market looks tight everywhere the Federal Reserve turns.
Its latest Beige Book released Wednesday contained anecdotes from its 12 districts on their regional economies.
Most places noted that the gap between the number of jobs and people available to work was shrinking, meaning the labor markets were tightening.
More demand for workers also meant modestly higher wages, according to the Fed’s districts. Markets like Richmond and Atlanta reported higher wages for lower-skilled workers, while minimum-wage pressures were felt in San Francisco.
The wage pressures came as overall economic growth trudged along. From April through mid-May, the districts’ economies grew modestly at best, while Chicago and Kansas City slowed.
It’s not a hard data release, but the Beige Book gives us a sense of what is informing the Fed’s outlook on consumer spending, the housing market, manufacturing, inflation and other key areas.
Southern California home prices continued to outpace the national average, and many major cities, said the SP/Case-Shiller Home Price Index released Tuesday.
Prices nationally, adjusted for seasonal variation, rose 5.2 percent in the 12 months ended in March, with the Pacific Northwest and West seeing the biggest gains.
San Diego County’s median home price increased 6.2 percent , lower than the 6.4 percent increase in February and 6.9 percent in January. Los Angeles and Orange counties were up 6.5 percent, down from 6.8 percent in February and 6.9 percent in January.
Portland had the biggest gains at 12.3 percent, followed by Seattle at 10.8 percent and Denver at 10 percent.
Economists said home prices continue to rise because of improved labor markets and employment rates, low mortgage rates and limited home supply.
If you live in or near Boston, you already know that housing is expensive. Rents and mortgages eat up a growing share of middle-class incomes. And among the poor, affordable housing is as rare as it is essential.
But if you’re wondering what the solution is, so is everyone else. Boston’s housing woes are far from unique. Housing costs in Greater Boston are very much in line with peer cities like Seattle, Washington, D.C., and Portland, Ore. — and far below what you find in a truly overheated market like California’s Bay Area.