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Bus tour highlights Portland's 'hidden discriminatory history' for Black, Asian Americans

A popular bus tour of Portland just started its 16th year, but it's not really geared for tourists. The tour — "Fasten your Seatbelts, it's Been a Bumpy Ride" — highlights the history of housing discrimination , presented by the Fair Housing Council of Oregon.

Meeting up for a four-hour bus tour began at 7:30 a.m. for an 8 a.m. departure. It's the first tour of the season, appropriately starting up during Fair Housing Month.

The group boarding the bus is from  Reach Community Development , a nonprofit dedicated to creating stable, affordable housing. Even for those well versed on the subject, there is a lot to take in when it comes to Oregon’s history of housing discrimination, segregation and displacement.  

“We often get asked, 'Is housing discrimination still a problem?' And the answer is 'Yes, of course it is, although it may look different than it did 50 years ago,'” said tour guide Shyle Ruder,  Fair Housing Council of Oregon 's Education and Outreach Director.

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We drove by the bronze statue of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the Portland Convention Center, with King standing with an immigrant, a worker and a child.

Our first stop was in the historic Albina District, where black families were pushed to reside in the early 1900s. Racist policies and practices kept African Americans from living in other "white" neighborhoods for decades, so they developed a strong community here.  

It grew as Black Americans from across the country, especially the South, moved here during and after the shipbuilding years of World War II, pushing the Black population from a couple thousand to more than 20,000.  

From the 1950s to the 1970s, Albina was torn apart by huge public projects, from freeway building to an expansion plan by Emanuel hospital that cleared homes and businesses — but never happened.

“So, African American families and people lost their homes and businesses due to this proposed expansion and moved north, so there's a real loss of community that happened, as businesses and gathering places were lost,” explained Ruder to the 50 or so people on the tour bus. 

Those vacant blocks remain a difficult reminder, but now, thanks to local activism, there is hope for new life here, with lower Albina’s history and inclusion in mind.

Next, our tour took us north, to where  Vanport  used to be. It was a 650-acre area of West Delta Park, which today includes Heron Lakes Golf Course, where we parked.

We heard from Ed Washington, who moved here as a child.

“My family's from Birmingham, and my dad came out here in 1942 to work in the shipyards with the idea that the family would follow, which we did in 1944,” said Washington. 

At its height, Vanport’s population was about 42,000 people, both Black and white, and was the second biggest city in the state. People lived in hastily built apartment homes to accommodate a mass of workers coming to toil in the wartime shipyards of Henry J. Kaiser.

“It was the only public housing project in the country that had a public library,” said Washington.

Washington, now in his 80s, went on to be a civil rights activist and metro's first black councilor. He currently works part time at Portland State University in the Office of Global Diversity and Inclusion. 

He told the tour group that as a kid, despite experiencing instances of racism, Vanport was a good place to live, saying the housing was mostly segregated, but not the community or the schools, where students, black and white, learned together.

“You know, growing up here, I always expected that I would become an old man in Vanport — at least that's what I thought back in those days. But that was not destined to happen,” said Washington. 

Just six years later, in 1948, a dike gave way, and Vanport, built in a Columbia River flood plain, was ruined. It was huge loss for the 17,000 still living there.

“Because this was all we had ... all we had and we never came back. Within 30 to 40 minutes, Vanport was  completely underwater ,” said Washington. 

With a half hour warning, most escaped, but 15 residents died in the flood.

Washington's family had to start over, eventually settling in northeast Portland. But finding new housing was much harder for Black families from Vanport due to ongoing housing discrimination.

We didn't have to travel far to our next stop, the Portland Expo Center. In the 1940s, it was a livestock exposition facility and called the Portland Assembly Center. It served as a temporary internment center for nearly 3,700 Japanese and Japanese Americans during World War II. Most were eventually moved to other  internment  camps in the West.

“My dad at the time was 16, and he was a sophomore at Lincoln High School,” recalled Marleen Wallingford. Wallingford is a third-generation Japanese American, who told of prison-like conditions for members of Oregon’s Japanese communities.

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For many of Japanese heritage, their interment also meant the loss of property and businesses, including farms, they'd worked hard to establish.

“Mothers came into the space and sat down and cried. It was hot and stuffy, and obviously when you have a livestock pavilion, it attracted a lot of flies,” explained Wallingford. 

She worked at Portland Public Schools's special education department for nearly 30 years and is the President of the Portland Japanese American Citizens’ League. Her stories explained how Asian communities, mostly Chinese and Japanese, faced the same historic housing discrimination as African Americans.  

There was more to the tour than we can describe here, so we will end with what feels like a positive: An improved way of life in the Portsmouth neighborhood, where in 2003, the troubled Columbia Villa public housing was rebuilt and transformed into a new mixed-income neighborhood called New Columbia.

“New Columbia is a diverse community, and there are 22 countries of origin represented at least 17 different languages,” said Ruder, as the bus navigated the neighborhood streets lined with homes, apartments, community gardens and parks.

At noon, we were back where we started, completing the powerful presentation. The tour stirred feelings in tour-goer Victoria West, who said society needs more change for the better.

“These are issues and things that we continue to deal with, my feelings around it, it's painful… I think it takes courage to do this work; any time you're talking about fair housing or equity and inclusion, that's not easy work to do, I commend all the folks who spoke, I thank them,” said West.

For more information about Fair Housing Council of Oregon group tours, visit their website  or call (503) 223-8197, ext. 104.

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Spend some time in one of Moscow’s finest museums.

Subterranean commuting might not be anyone’s idea of a good time, but even in a city packing the war-games treasures and priceless bejeweled eggs of the Kremlin Armoury and the colossal Soviet pavilions of the VDNKh , the Metro holds up as one of Moscow’s finest museums. Just avoid rush hour.

The Metro is stunning and provides an unrivaled insight into the city’s psyche, past and present, but it also happens to be the best way to get around. Moscow has Uber, and the Russian version called Yandex Taxi , but also some nasty traffic. Metro trains come around every 90 seconds or so, at a more than 99 percent on-time rate. It’s also reasonably priced, with a single ride at 55 cents (and cheaper in bulk). From history to tickets to rules — official and not — here’s what you need to know to get started.

A Brief Introduction Buying Tickets Know Before You Go (Down) Rules An Easy Tour

A Brief Introduction

Moscow’s Metro was a long time coming. Plans for rapid transit to relieve the city’s beleaguered tram system date back to the Imperial era, but a couple of wars and a revolution held up its development. Stalin revived it as part of his grand plan to modernize the Soviet Union in the 1920s and 30s. The first lines and tunnels were constructed with help from engineers from the London Underground, although Stalin’s secret police decided that they had learned too much about Moscow’s layout and had them arrested on espionage charges and deported.

The beauty of its stations (if not its trains) is well-documented, and certainly no accident. In its illustrious first phases and particularly after the Second World War, the greatest architects of Soviet era were recruited to create gleaming temples celebrating the Revolution, the USSR, and the war triumph. No two stations are exactly alike, and each of the classic showpieces has a theme. There are world-famous shrines to Futurist architecture, a celebration of electricity, tributes to individuals and regions of the former Soviet Union. Each marble slab, mosaic tile, or light fixture was placed with intent, all in service to a station’s aesthetic; each element, f rom the smallest brass ear of corn to a large blood-spattered sword on a World War II mural, is an essential part of the whole.

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The Metro is a monument to the Soviet propaganda project it was intended to be when it opened in 1935 with the slogan “Building a Palace for the People”. It brought the grand interiors of Imperial Russia to ordinary Muscovites, celebrated the Soviet Union’s past achievements while promising its citizens a bright Soviet future, and of course, it was a show-piece for the world to witness the might and sophistication of life in the Soviet Union.

It may be a museum, but it’s no relic. U p to nine million people use it daily, more than the London Underground and New York Subway combined. (Along with, at one time, about 20 stray dogs that learned to commute on the Metro.)

In its 80+ year history, the Metro has expanded in phases and fits and starts, in step with the fortunes of Moscow and Russia. Now, partly in preparation for the World Cup 2018, it’s also modernizing. New trains allow passengers to walk the entire length of the train without having to change carriages. The system is becoming more visitor-friendly. (There are helpful stickers on the floor marking out the best selfie spots .) But there’s a price to modernity: it’s phasing out one of its beloved institutions, the escalator attendants. Often they are middle-aged or elderly women—“ escalator grandmas ” in news accounts—who have held the post for decades, sitting in their tiny kiosks, scolding commuters for bad escalator etiquette or even bad posture, or telling jokes . They are slated to be replaced, when at all, by members of the escalator maintenance staff.

For all its achievements, the Metro lags behind Moscow’s above-ground growth, as Russia’s capital sprawls ever outwards, generating some of the world’s worst traffic jams . But since 2011, the Metro has been in the middle of an ambitious and long-overdue enlargement; 60 new stations are opening by 2020. If all goes to plan, the 2011-2020 period will have brought 125 miles of new tracks and over 100 new stations — a 40 percent increase — the fastest and largest expansion phase in any period in the Metro’s history.

Facts: 14 lines Opening hours: 5 a.m-1 a.m. Rush hour(s): 8-10 a.m, 4-8 p.m. Single ride: 55₽ (about 85 cents) Wi-Fi network-wide

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Buying Tickets

  • Ticket machines have a button to switch to English.
  • You can buy specific numbers of rides: 1, 2, 5, 11, 20, or 60. Hold up fingers to show how many rides you want to buy.
  • There is also a 90-minute ticket , which gets you 1 trip on the metro plus an unlimited number of transfers on other transport (bus, tram, etc) within 90 minutes.
  • Or, you can buy day tickets with unlimited rides: one day (218₽/ US$4), three days (415₽/US$7) or seven days (830₽/US$15). Check the rates here to stay up-to-date.
  • If you’re going to be using the Metro regularly over a few days, it’s worth getting a Troika card , a contactless, refillable card you can use on all public transport. Using the Metro is cheaper with one of these: a single ride is 36₽, not 55₽. Buy them and refill them in the Metro stations, and they’re valid for 5 years, so you can keep it for next time. Or, if you have a lot of cash left on it when you leave, you can get it refunded at the Metro Service Centers at Ulitsa 1905 Goda, 25 or at Staraya Basmannaya 20, Building 1.
  • You can also buy silicone bracelets and keychains with built-in transport chips that you can use as a Troika card. (A Moscow Metro Fitbit!) So far, you can only get these at the Pushkinskaya metro station Live Helpdesk and souvenir shops in the Mayakovskaya and Trubnaya metro stations. The fare is the same as for the Troika card.
  • You can also use Apple Pay and Samsung Pay.

Rules, spoken and unspoken

No smoking, no drinking, no filming, no littering. Photography is allowed, although it used to be banned.

Stand to the right on the escalator. Break this rule and you risk the wrath of the legendary escalator attendants. (No shenanigans on the escalators in general.)

Get out of the way. Find an empty corner to hide in when you get off a train and need to stare at your phone. Watch out getting out of the train in general; when your train doors open, people tend to appear from nowhere or from behind ornate marble columns, walking full-speed.

Always offer your seat to elderly ladies (what are you, a monster?).

An Easy Tour

This is no Metro Marathon ( 199 stations in 20 hours ). It’s an easy tour, taking in most—though not all—of the notable stations, the bulk of it going clockwise along the Circle line, with a couple of short detours. These stations are within minutes of one another, and the whole tour should take about 1-2 hours.

Start at Mayakovskaya Metro station , at the corner of Tverskaya and Garden Ring,  Triumfalnaya Square, Moskva, Russia, 125047.

1. Mayakovskaya.  Named for Russian Futurist Movement poet Vladimir Mayakovsky and an attempt to bring to life the future he imagined in his poems. (The Futurist Movement, natch, was all about a rejecting the past and celebrating all things speed, industry, modern machines, youth, modernity.) The result: an Art Deco masterpiece that won the National Grand Prix for architecture at the New York World’s Fair in 1939. It’s all smooth, rounded shine and light, and gentle arches supported by columns of dark pink marble and stainless aircraft steel. Each of its 34 ceiling niches has a mosaic. During World War II, the station was used as an air-raid shelter and, at one point, a bunker for Stalin. He gave a subdued but rousing speech here in Nov. 6, 1941 as the Nazis bombed the city above.

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Take the 3/Green line one station to:

2. Belorusskaya. Opened in 1952, named after the connected Belarussky Rail Terminal, which runs trains between Moscow and Belarus. This is a light marble affair with a white, cake-like ceiling, lined with Belorussian patterns and 12 Florentine ceiling mosaics depicting life in Belarussia when it was built.

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Transfer onto the 1/Brown line. Then, one stop (clockwise) t o:

3. Novoslobodskaya.  This station was designed around the stained-glass panels, which were made in Latvia, because Alexey Dushkin, the Soviet starchitect who dreamed it up (and also designed Mayakovskaya station) couldn’t find the glass and craft locally. The stained glass is the same used for Riga’s Cathedral, and the panels feature plants, flowers, members of the Soviet intelligentsia (musician, artist, architect) and geometric shapes.

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Go two stops east on the 1/Circle line to:

4. Komsomolskaya. Named after the Komsomol, or the Young Communist League, this might just be peak Stalin Metro style. Underneath the hub for three regional railways, it was intended to be a grand gateway to Moscow and is today its busiest station. It has chandeliers; a yellow ceiling with Baroque embellishments; and in the main hall, a colossal red star overlaid on golden, shimmering tiles. Designer Alexey Shchusev designed it as an homage to the speech Stalin gave at Red Square on Nov. 7, 1941, in which he invoked Russia’s illustrious military leaders as a pep talk to Soviet soldiers through the first catastrophic year of the war.   The station’s eight large mosaics are of the leaders referenced in the speech, such as Alexander Nevsky, a 13th-century prince and military commander who bested German and Swedish invading armies.

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One more stop clockwise to Kurskaya station,  and change onto the 3/Blue  line, and go one stop to:

5. Baumanskaya.   Opened in 1944. Named for the Bolshevik Revolutionary Nikolai Bauman , whose monument and namesake district are aboveground here. Though he seemed like a nasty piece of work (he apparently once publicly mocked a woman he had impregnated, who later hung herself), he became a Revolutionary martyr when he was killed in 1905 in a skirmish with a monarchist, who hit him on the head with part of a steel pipe. The station is in Art Deco style with atmospherically dim lighting, and a series of bronze sculptures of soldiers and homefront heroes during the War. At one end, there is a large mosaic portrait of Lenin.

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Stay on that train direction one more east to:

6. Elektrozavodskaya. As you may have guessed from the name, this station is the Metro’s tribute to all thing electrical, built in 1944 and named after a nearby lightbulb factory. It has marble bas-relief sculptures of important figures in electrical engineering, and others illustrating the Soviet Union’s war-time struggles at home. The ceiling’s recurring rows of circular lamps give the station’s main tunnel a comforting glow, and a pleasing visual effect.

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Double back two stops to Kurskaya station , and change back to the 1/Circle line. Sit tight for six stations to:

7. Kiyevskaya. This was the last station on the Circle line to be built, in 1954, completed under Nikita Khrushchev’ s guidance, as a tribute to his homeland, Ukraine. Its three large station halls feature images celebrating Ukraine’s contributions to the Soviet Union and Russo-Ukrainian unity, depicting musicians, textile-working, soldiers, farmers. (One hall has frescoes, one mosaics, and the third murals.) Shortly after it was completed, Khrushchev condemned the architectural excesses and unnecessary luxury of the Stalin era, which ushered in an epoch of more austere Metro stations. According to the legend at least, he timed the policy in part to ensure no Metro station built after could outshine Kiyevskaya.

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Change to the 3/Blue line and go one stop west.

8. Park Pobedy. This is the deepest station on the Metro, with one of the world’s longest escalators, at 413 feet. If you stand still, the escalator ride to the surface takes about three minutes .) Opened in 2003 at Victory Park, the station celebrates two of Russia’s great military victories. Each end has a mural by Georgian artist Zurab Tsereteli, who also designed the “ Good Defeats Evil ” statue at the UN headquarters in New York. One mural depicts the Russian generals’ victory over the French in 1812 and the other, the German surrender of 1945. The latter is particularly striking; equal parts dramatic, triumphant, and gruesome. To the side, Red Army soldiers trample Nazi flags, and if you look closely there’s some blood spatter among the detail. Still, the biggest impressions here are the marble shine of the chessboard floor pattern and the pleasingly geometric effect if you view from one end to the other.

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Keep going one more stop west to:

9. Slavyansky Bulvar.  One of the Metro’s youngest stations, it opened in 2008. With far higher ceilings than many other stations—which tend to have covered central tunnels on the platforms—it has an “open-air” feel (or as close to it as you can get, one hundred feet under). It’s an homage to French architect Hector Guimard, he of the Art Nouveau entrances for the Paris M é tro, and that’s precisely what this looks like: A Moscow homage to the Paris M é tro, with an additional forest theme. A Cyrillic twist on Guimard’s Metro-style lettering over the benches, furnished with t rees and branch motifs, including creeping vines as towering lamp-posts.

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Stay on the 3/Blue line and double back four stations to:

10. Arbatskaya. Its first iteration, Arbatskaya-Smolenskaya station, was damaged by German bombs in 1941. It was rebuilt in 1953, and designed to double as a bomb shelter in the event of nuclear war, although unusually for stations built in the post-war phase, this one doesn’t have a war theme. It may also be one of the system’s most elegant: Baroque, but toned down a little, with red marble floors and white ceilings with gilded bronze c handeliers.

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Jump back on the 3/Blue line  in the same direction and take it one more stop:

11. Ploshchad Revolyutsii (Revolution Square). Opened in 1938, and serving Red Square and the Kremlin . Its renowned central hall has marble columns flanked by 76 bronze statues of Soviet heroes: soldiers, students, farmers, athletes, writers, parents. Some of these statues’ appendages have a yellow sheen from decades of Moscow’s commuters rubbing them for good luck. Among the most popular for a superstitious walk-by rub: the snout of a frontier guard’s dog, a soldier’s gun (where the touch of millions of human hands have tapered the gun barrel into a fine, pointy blade), a baby’s foot, and a woman’s knee. (A brass rooster also sports the telltale gold sheen, though I am told that rubbing the rooster is thought to bring bad luck. )

Now take the escalator up, and get some fresh air.

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  • Experience medieval Kitay Gorod (China town).
  • Wander picturesque Red Square and Alexander Garden.
  • Explore grand Christ the Savior Cathedral on our Red Square tour.
  • Breathtaking panoramic views from Patriarch bridge.
  • Enjoy a hearty lunch on the large open verandah and marvel at the stunning views of the Kremlin.
  • Learn about Russian culture from the local through relaxed cultural discussions.

Tour Itinerary:

Red square:.

Russia and Moscow are synonymous with Red Square and the Kremlin and that's hardly surprising as you'll find these places absolutely stunning!

  • - Walk-through the Resurrection Gate and don’t forget to flip a coin so you’ll be sure to come back one day!
  • - Visit the world's famous Kazan Cathedral .
  • - See the State Department Store (GUM), once the Upper Trading Stalls, which were built over a century ago and still operating!
  • - Admire the lovely St. Basil's Cathedral! The French diplomat Marquis de Custine commented that it combined "the scales of a golden fish, the enamelled skin of a serpent, the changeful hues of the lizard, the glossy rose and azure of the pigeon's neck" and wondered at "the men who go to worship God in this box of confectionery work".
  • - Walk by Lobnoye Mesto (literally meaning "Execution Place", or "Place of Skulls"), once Ivan the Terrible's stage for religious ceremonies, speeches, and important events.
  • - Entering the Alexander Garden , you’ll take in spectacular views of Russian architecture from ancient to Soviet times, as well as the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier with an eternal flame. Watch Changing of the Guard Ceremony every hour in summer and every half an hour in winter.

Kitai-gorod:

Stroll along medieval Kitai-gorod with its strong ancient Russia feel, known for its bohemian lifestyle, markets and arts.

  • - Nikolskaya Street. Here you will find the Russia's first publishing house, the second oldest monastery, and Ferryn Pharmacy, known as the number one pharmacy back in Soviet times and famous for its Empire-style architecture.
  • - Ilinka Street. The financial street of the Kitaigorod (China Town) district, where you’ll find the Gostiny Dvor (Merchant’s Yard), which is now a showroom for Ferraris and Maseratis. The street was designed in the 1790s by Catherine the Great.
  • - Varvarka street. The oldest street in Moscow, which dates back to the 14th century, and still has remnants of early Muscovite architecture, such as the Old English Court and the Palace of the Romanov’s.
  • - Kamergersky Lane. Only a small road of about 250 meters, it is home to some of the oldest artifacts of the city, as each building holds a fascinating story. Some of Russia's most famous writers, poets, and composers from as far back as the Golden Age of Russian culture, have lived or worked on this lane.

Historic City Center

Walk the historical old center of Moscow with its cool local vibe, including the main Tverskaya street , and indulge in desserts in the first grocery “Eliseev's store” , housed in an 18th century neoclassical building, famous for its baroque interior and decoration.

From our tour. Impressions of our American tourist:

At 3:30, as energy flagged, lunch was on the agenda at a Ukrainian restaurant.  Just in time!  We asked our guide to order for us.  We all had the same thing....borscht (the Ukrainian version has beans and more tomatoes than the Russian version, which has more beets and includes beef). 

The special high bread served is called galushki.  Our main course was golubtsy...a dish of minced meat rolled in braised cabbage leaves.  Both dishes called for optional sour cream as a topping....of course, yes, please....I recommend it. 

Full, satisfied, and completely refreshed, it was off to Red Square and St. Basil's and GUM department store.  Red Square is not so named because of the color of the brick walls of the Kremlin.  Rather the word for 'red' and the word for 'beautiful' are similar in pronunciation....and, there you have it. 

As we made the turn by the National Museum in front of which is the mounted sculpture of the "Marshall of Victory," Giorgy Zhukov from WWII and caught our first view of St. Basil's, my friend and I simultaneously emitted "Oooohhhhh!"  There it was....the iconic onion domes of St. Basil's!  Hooray....it was open until 7....we had about 30 minutes and were allowed in, AND we could take photos with no flash. 

Now, I can give you a taste of what we saw in the other cathedrals in Cathedral Square.  What we learned is that St. Vasily and St. Basil are one in the same....Russian/English.  He was a common man who wandered Moscow unclothed and barefoot.  But, all, even Ivan the Terrible, heeded his opinions derived from his visions.  Ivan had this cathedral built over his tomb. 

As we exited and took photos up close of the onion domes, Inna presented us with chocolate (how did she know we were ready for another energy boost, and we each got a big piece of chocolate.  The baby's name pictured on the wrapper of this famous Russian chocolate is Alyonka....the Russian Gerber baby, don't you think? 

One could wear out the credit card in GUM's (capitalized because it is actually a government abbreviation), but the 'kitty' and my credit card stayed in my pocket as we strolled through the glass-topped arcade. 

We then strolled through some of Moscow's lovely pedestrian streets; paused to listen as a wonderful quartet performed Vivaldi's "Four Seasons" in an underground passage to cross the busy street (hooray!....we DID have our 'classical concert' experience after all; a request Alina tried in vain to fill because none was scheduled those days), saw the Bolshoi, which means 'big' (my friend has yet to recover that their performance schedule did not coincide with our cruise), saw the Central Telegraph Building, dating from the 1930's, and made our way to the Ritz-Carlton to see the night view of Moscow from the rooftop bar, called O2. 

There were fleece blankets to wrap yourself in....yes, it got that cold when the sun set.  We each ordered something hot to drink...the ginger, mint, lemon tea served to me in a parfait glass (for 600 rubles...about $9....you pay for the view here!) was delightful and hit the spot perfectly.  It was time to call it a night....

What you get:

  • + A friend in Moscow.
  • + Private & customized Moscow tour.
  • + An exciting city tour, not just boring history lessons.
  • + An authentic experience of local life.
  • + Flexibility during the tour: changes can be made at any time to suit individual preferences.
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Laguna Beach High School students will walk for water on April 21 to raise funds to build freshwater wells in West Africa and India as part of the school’s annual fundraiser.

Students, faculty and community members will be at the high school’s football field from noon to 3 p.m. that day for the Wisdom Spring West Coast Walk. For ways to participate in the walk or to learn more, visit wisdomspring.org .

American Legion post honors Vietnam veterans

American Legion Newport Harbor Post 291 is hosting an event to honor veterans of the Vietnam War this weekend. The event will run through Sunday and include exhibits like a “Dust Off Huey” helicopter, provided by the Vietnam Veterans of America, that will be on display at Veterans Park from until noon Sunday. Members of the Vietnam Veterans of America will also be present to answer questions.

For more information, visit al291.com/event/vietnam-swift-boat-tour-1000-1600hrs-dustoff-huey-tour-1300-1700hrs .

Costa Mesa Dump Day returns

Costa Mesa residents can drop off their bulky household items at the Costa Mesa Senior Center to be disposed of on Saturday, April 20, for what the city is calling “dump day.” Residents will be able to drop off their items from 8 to 11 a.m. or until capacity is reached at no expense. They will not accept hazardous materials such as batteries, paints, oils, chemicals and pesticides, nor will they accept building materials.

Newport Beach police host mobile cafe

The Newport Beach Police Department will hold a mobile cafe this weekend at the Corona Del Mar Farmer’s Market at 3201 E. Coast Hwy. The mobile cafe will run from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday. The department hosts mobile cafes in an effort to better connect its police with community members to discuss issues within the city.

Shearing, fiber arts festival at Hana Field

Hana Field, which is operated by Tanaka Farms in Irvine, will hold a “shearing day” and fiber arts festival on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Interested visitors will learn about spinning, creating and the crafting of wool as sheep are sheared at the field. The event is free for children 2 and under and military personnel. Tickets for the general public cost $10. To purchase tickets, visit tanakafarms.com/hana-field .

Hana Field will also present “bunny yoga” on Sunday at 10 a.m. and again at 11:30 p.m. Visitors will spend an hour doing yoga with instructor Savannah Smith and rabbits provided and cared for by Tanaka Farm’s barnyard and volunteers. The class is a fundraiser for Helping Farms Feed Families. The class is limited to those ages 9 and older, and children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets are $40.

Newport Beach accepting special event grant applications

The city of Newport Beach announced Tuesday that it’s accepting applications for event grants from community programs that are available to residents. To qualify, the events must happen between July 2024 and June 2025. The application period closes on April 23 at 5 p.m. The city is expected to give around $60,000 in grants. Submitting an application does not guarantee a grant. For more information or to apply, visit newportbeachca.gov/grants .

Newport Beach teacher raising funds for medical treatment

Joe Konrad, a teacher at Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic School in Newport Beach, is seeking donations to help pay for treatments for his multiple sclerosis. Konrad said he first started feeling tingling in his hands and feet in the midst of the pandemic but was not formally diagnosed with the disease until 2021. Konrad said he is taking each day one step at a time and has the support of friends, family and his workplace, but he is struggling to cover the costs for the out-of-pocket medical expenses for treatment.

As of Friday afternoon, Konrad had raised $2,205 of his $25,000 goal. For more information, visit gofund.me/f3d09982 .

Coastal Corridor Alliance hosts tours of parks

The Coastal Corridor Alliance announced in March the start of its coastal discovery tours, which will occur on the second Saturday of every month. The inaugural tour will be at Fairview Park on April 13. Tours will also be held at Talbert Park and the Huntington Beach wetlands on various dates. Children age 7 and older are welcome to attend. For more information or to register, visit eventbrite.com/e/coastal-discovery-tours-paseos-por-la-costa-tickets-852544973967 .

Imaginology returns to O.C. fairgrounds

Imaginology is returning to the OC Fair & Events Center on April 13 and 14 to provide students and their families a chance to participate and learn from competitions and other exhibits that touch STEM fields. Admission is free and most activities are included, but parking is $12. The event will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both days. For more information, visit ocfair.com/imaginology .

Costa Mesa Playhouse to present ‘Art’

The Costa Mesa Playhouse announced Friday the rescheduled dates for Yasmina Reza’s “Art,” which plays through April 20. The show tells the story of three people whose longtime friendship is on the rocks when one of the friends buys a completely white painting, sparking a debate about what constitutes art. Performances are on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and on Sundays at 2 p.m.

Additional performances will be on April 11 at 8 p.m. and on April 13 and 20 at 2 p.m. To buy tickets, visit costamesaplayhouse.com .

Fundraiser to benefit ABT William J. Gillespie School students is April 14

Pas de Deux Chapter of the Guilds at Segerstrom Center for the Arts is planning its annual Evening of Dance fundraiser to benefit the ABT William J. Gillespie School students.

Susan Jaffe, artistic director of American Ballet Theatre and this year’s honorary chair will host the event, which takes place at 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 14, at the Samueli Theatre at Segerstrom Center for the Arts.

The event will feature ABT dancers who received their formal dance training through the American Ballet Theatre Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School or Studio Company. They are scheduled to perform the Swan Lake Act I Pas de Trois and the Don Quixote Pas de Deux.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit bit.ly/AttendEveningofDance2024 .

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Some of Melbourne's oldest suburbs are about to grow fast — but are they ready?

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Broadmeadows in Melbourne's north-west has most things a person could need within a short distance — a shopping centre, a gym, schools, a library and a train station.

It's what Len, who requires a mobility scooter, loves about this area.

But he can't get a house here.

He's been living in a caravan in nearby Campbellfield for the past 18 months as he waits for a home to free up in a built-up area like Broadmeadows.

"They're saying to move out into the outer suburbs, but I need transport," he said.

"So the more people who live here, the more infrastructure will come."

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The state government has labelled Broadmeadows as one of 10 areas across Melbourne where it wants to collectively build 60,000 new homes.

The government has called these areas "Activity Centres".

They are Epping, Niddrie, North Essendon, and High Street in Preston in Melbourne's north, and Frankston, Camberwell Junction, Ringwood, Chadstone and Moorabbin in the city's east.

Experts say these areas need more housing, because other council areas — like Wyndham in the west and Casey in the east — have been growing too much.

To address this, the government hopes to build 70 per cent of new homes in parts of Melbourne where there's already housing and infrastructure. The current rate is about 56 per cent.

The government wants to do this by taking planning controls away from local councils in a bid to streamline approvals .

And in the future, it plans to transform another 120 suburbs into "Activity Centres", as part of a broader aim to add 800,000 dwellings across Victoria over the next decade.

It's an ambitious plan which experts say will significantly change — and challenge — Australia's largest city.

Pedestrians walking down a street near a bus stop in Broadmeadows.

Growth corridors have the most development

To see how Melbourne has grown in recent years, the ABC analysed the number of homes — both houses and apartments — each council has approved since 2016.

To do this, we divided Melbourne's councils into growth areas, where there's lots of land that could be suitable for development, and established areas, where there's existing houses and infrastructure.

The growth councils are Wyndham and Melton in the west, Whittlesea, Hume and Mitchell in the north, and Casey and Cardinia in the east — and the rest of Melbourne can be considered established.

Cars driving down High St Preston.

The data shows the growth corridors and the CBD has had the highest number of house and apartment approvals, with Wyndham City Council leading the pack, followed by Casey, Melton, Melbourne and Hume.

The council area with the lowest is the predominantly green-wedge zone of Nillumbik, with only 1,310 approvals.

The Macedon Ranges, Frankston, Yarra Ranges and Brimbank rounded out the bottom five.

Council areas where the Activity Centres are located occupy the middle — for example, Moonee Valley has the 12th highest, Boroondara is 15th, and Maroondah is 28th.

When you group Melbourne into its 26 established councils and seven growth councils, we can compare development between the two.

About 56 per cent of Melbourne's home approvals from July 2016 to January 2024 happened in established council areas, but the yearly rate has declined from about 60 per cent to about 50 per cent.

This is well below the 70 per cent target the state government has set to grow in established suburbs.

Outer suburbs can't continue to grow

Infrastructure Victoria CEO Jonathan Spear said the current trend — where growth councils are taking on more than 40 per cent of housing approvals in Melbourne — could not continue.

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He said it was because Victoria was growing quickly, and it was too expensive to keep expanding outwards.

According to the state government's official population projection, Victoria will grow from 6.9 million to more than 8.4 million by 2036.

That means more than 840,000 new homes would need to be built in Victoria in that period.

Dr Spear said growing the established areas of Melbourne with medium-density housing — which includes low-rise apartments and townhouses — would save billions of dollars in infrastructure costs and would give people more choice.

"The only housing choice we have been making is for Melbourne to continue to sprawl, and it's not fair for future people who are coming to live in Victoria," he said.

"Our work shows clear evidence that we're all better off if we have more compact cities and people have greater housing choice."

An aerial photo of a new housing estate with empty blocks and several new houses being built.

But Dr Spear admitted there were challenges associated with growing established suburbs.

"They include high land prices and construction costs, planning system risks, some community opposition, and uncertainty around the timing and outcome of development assessment decisions," he said.

While we don't know exactly how the 60,000 houses will be added to the 10 established areas across Melbourne, we do know some of the ways the state government will work with councils to mitigate these risks and incentivise growth.

It will include streamlining processes so approvals move through councils faster, hiring more planners, rezoning land to allow denser housing developments, and establishing local government targets for where the new homes will be built.

The government has also released maps showing the areas where the growth will be concentrated.

A map showing the main area of Broadmeadows shaded in.

The Broadmeadows Activity Centre. (Source: Victorian Government)

A map showing the main area of Camberwell Junction shaded in.

The Camberwell Junction Activity Centre. (Source: Victorian Government)

A map showing the main area of Chadstone shaded in.

The Chadstone Activity Centre. (Source: Victorian Government)

A map showing the main area of Epping shaded in.

The Epping Activity Centre. (Source: Victorian Government)

A map showing the main area of Frankston shaded in.

The Frankston Activity Centre. (Source: Victorian Government)

A map showing the main area of Moorabbin shaded in.

The Moorabbin Activity Centre. (Source: Victorian Government)

A map showing both Niddrie and North Essendon shaded in.

The Niddrie and North Essendon Activity Centres. (Source: Victorian Government)

A map of the main part of Preston which is shaded in.

The Preston Activity Centre. (Source: Victorian Government)

A map of the main part of Ringwood shaded in.

The Ringwood Activity Centre. (Source: Victorian Government)

Minister for Planning Sonya Kilkenny said the government would consult with communities to ensure they were on board with the amount of growth.

"We want to hear from communities on how best we can accommodate more housing choice, while ensuring their suburbs maintain their livability," she said.

Councils have mixed thoughts on plan

But even in these early stages, some councils have been openly critical of the plan, including Boroondara City Council in the state's east.

The council includes Camberwell Junction, one of the state's 10 "Activity Centres".

Scott Walker, the council's director of urban living, said the council had its own growth plan, and did not want planning to be taken away from local government.

"The changes reduce community and local government input on local planning decisions for housing and, in some cases, take decision-making powers away from council with very little justification or evidence that there will be improvements to supply or outcomes."

A main street in Camberwell showing pedestrians, cars and a tram.

Hume City Council Mayor Naim Kurt, which contains Broadmeadows, was less critical of the plan.

He said he was happy to grow the more established parts of his municipality, but the area also needed urgent upgrades to existing infrastructure, such as the Broadmeadows train station.

"We want to make sure that when that growth comes in, there's going to be the infrastructure for the community as well," he said.

A man smiling at the camera with a residential street in the background.

Municipal Association of Victoria president David Clark said councils were generally in favour of growth, but rezoning parts of established Melbourne was the best way to drive it.

"We only control part of the system in terms of building a house," he said.

"Council doesn't drive the development — a developer does and they exist to make a profit.

"Mostly it's about where they can find the right land and build to the right density to actually make the money."

He said the organisation was working with the state government to look into how the housing plan would be implemented.

A man in a suit smiling outside a house

Melbourne will 'change immensely', say planning experts

Other planning experts agree established areas should take on more of Melbourne's housing growth. 

But Patrick Fensham, the president of the Victorian division of the Planning Institute of Australia, said Victoria had not figured out how to do this type of development.

"It's a big challenge," he said.

"We've spent the best part of 70 years facilitating the outward growth of our cities, particularly car-based suburbs, and now all of a sudden, we've got to turn it back in.

"I don't think we've quite realised the scale of that challenge and the new institutions, arrangements and skills we need to develop to be able to achieve that 70 per cent infill target."

Pedestrians walking down a street in Camberwell.

David Nichols, an urban planning professor from the University of Melbourne, said the state government's target wasn't impossible, unless a shortage in resources prevented it from happening.

But he said there were better ways to address population and housing growth, such as establishing a metropolitan-specific planning body, and encouraging development in regional centres.

Regardless, Professor Nichols said Australia's largest city would start to look different.

"The established suburbs are almost certain to change immensely in the process, and it's in the eye of the beholder whether that's a good or a bad thing."

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