Martha Works is retired Professor of Geography at Portland State University where she taught from 1985-2014. She has research and teaching interests in culture history and the cultural landscape of the Pacific Northwest. Her publications include work on the Laurelhurst neighborhood and on agricultural and land use change in the greater Portland metropolitan area.
The Laurelhurst neighborhood in Portland is an historic twentieth-century neighborhood of residences and parkland, with origins in the nineteenth century. It was developed along streetcar lines as an exclusive residential suburb and now, only forty blocks from downtown Portland, its unique street pattern and housing stock remain distinctive features of …