Visiting New Orleans for the first time last summer, my favorite moment actually came not while on foot exploring the city’s historic buildings, but in a car on the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway. Because the lake is over 23 miles across, initially while driving north you can’t see the other side, as if traveling into a blue, hazy abyss.

Maybe downtown Portland is experiencing a similar kind of moment: not literally crossing over Lake Pontchartrain or even the Willamette River, but finding its way after one shore has been left and before the next has come into view. Maybe it’s time to be more intentional: to push the pedal down.