This Space for Rent

Life on the river


When I was out running around Portland today, I found myself reaching the Steel Bridge just as the klaxons sounded, the barriers went down, and the lower span was lifted out of the way. I looked around to see why, and it took me a minute or two to realize that, yes, the bridge was being raised because the second-smallest tugboat in Portland was pushing an equally diminutive barge down the river.