Rebuilding Center – Portland Oregon

A beautiful business model, and a beautiful place.

The Rebuilding Center on Mississippi Avenue in Portland Oregon takes donations of no-longer-wanted material from houses that are being remodeled or demolished.  Then they sell it, cheap, to folks who can reuse it.  They’ve got everything – two or three warehouses packed in with appliances, lumber, fixtures, tile – pretty much anything you could want.

I’d love to see this business model in every city.

A bunch of pics at flickr

And that beautiful entrance way?  City Repair

A Beautiful Place in Eugene

With just two days in Eugene, and one of them the Sabbath, there’s not a whole lot that I can see. The wind is carrying me up to Portland. I had one meeting at the University of Oregon here, and took some time afterwards to visit one of my favorite structures – a kiln shed that Professor Stephen Duff built with students on the site of the university’s urban farm.