We are now about 2-3 weeks into fall and Oregon is full of color and the rain is beginning to return. As a southern Californian, this is much appreciated, as I have had 30 years of sunshine and drought. Culturally the PNW interests me for a number of reasons. It is similar to Los Angeles with a network of hidden neighborhoods and a powerful cultural center, yet the smaller scale has kept a high level of vitality to these neighborhoods with connections to the downtown. As PDX continues to expand and develop, it will be interesting to see how new zoning and development standards push healthy neighborhood revitalization and development.