Not many people realize that Portland, Oregon is a very industrial city. Most just hear about it being the “Greenest city in the US,” or some similar rhetoric. Take the wrong turn out of some beautifully gardened neighborhoods, and you’ll find many smokestacks, warehouses, cargo, factories and all the works. Most of the Willamette River is lined with factories and huge truck parking lots. Yet it is all contrasted by the abundance of beautiful greenery and flowers that magically have the ability to grow in the Pacific Northwest.
I took these pictures at the University of Portland, which is a couple miles away from where I live. They have lots of interesting views of this dichotomy.