Brian joined the SagaCity team in 2006 as a fact-checker with Portland Monthly. Details were sweated and issue upon issue, he took on greater responsibility, from managing departments to wrangling interns to organizing and executing cover features and narrative stories.

In 2010, with SagaCity’s custom magazine department growing by leaps and bounds, Brian took an opportunity to combine a love of travel writing and the wide-open spaces of Oregon by serving as a project lead for visitor guide clients, which now includes Travel Portland, Eastern Oregon Visitors Association, Eugene, Cascades & Coast, and Santa Monica Convention & Visitors Bureau. He shares a century-old bungalow at the foot of Mount Tabor with his wife, young son, and newly adopted Great Pyrenees-Lab mix.

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Trail of the Month

Oxbow Regional Park

Located just 30 minutes from downtown Portland, Oxbow Regional Park remains a surprisingly untamed destination. Red foxes, blacktail deer, bald eagles, blue herons—even black bears and cougars—roam among the 1,200-acre expanse. But it’s the wa

  • By Brian Barker
  • Published 09/13/2010
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Food Cart City

The Icono-Carts

Six stand-alone carts that prove diamonds in the rough.

  • By Martha Calhoon, Brian Barker, and Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 08/17/2010
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Food Cart City

The Original

SW Fifth Avenue between Oak & Stark Streets

  • By Brian Barker
  • Published 08/17/2010
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Trail of the Month

Bonney Butte

Visit the short Bonney Butte Trail this fall for a spectacular view—the best in the state—of Oregon's birds of prey.

  • By Brian Barker
  • Published 08/16/2010
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Mudroom

Table Rock Trail

In the vicinity of Molalla, Oregon, sits Table Rock, a breathtaking beacon, remnant of old volcanic flows of yore. Climb to the top and witness spectacular, unforgettable views reaching at far north as Rainier and as far south as Shasta with this month's

  • By Brian Barker
  • Published 07/15/2010

Reviews

Gear Guide

Keen’s Newport DP pack is one cushy ride

  • By Brian Barker
  • Published 06/16/2010
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Mudroom

Peak Condition

Rainer Hertrich has won the title of most prolific skier, having skied every day for the last 2,390 days in a row (or since November 1, 2003). He's garnered himself not only a Guinness World Record, but also five bruised ribs and a separated shoulder. And

  • By Brian Barker
  • Published 06/10/2010

Article

Broken Spoke

Portland’s Bike Cred Takes Another Knock

  • By Brian Barker
  • Published 05/19/2010
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Get Out!

Back Packing

Our best boroughs for back packing.

  • By Brian Barker
  • Published 05/17/2010
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Get Out!

Gear Guide

All the top notch swag needed for a commando camping adventure.

  • By Brian Barker
  • Published 05/17/2010

Trail of the Month

Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge

This month, head over to the Tualatin River Wildlife Refuge to glimpse local fauna.

  • By Brian Barker
  • Published 04/30/2010
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Mudroom

Spider Bytes

Volcanic eruption-predicting devices are featured along with their geological abilities. The three-legged censor is aptly referred to as a "spider," man.

  • By Brian Barker
  • Published 04/20/2010

Advanced Parenting

Rock ’n’ Roll Mama

New mother China Forbes (of Pink Martini fame) discusses nurturing strategies for her latest born. Topics range from mom jeans to cloth diapers to baby wipes.

  • By Brian Barker
  • Published 04/19/2010
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Great Neighborhoods

Taking the Long View

We're looking beyond the gloom and seeing light at the end of the tunnel in the Portland housing market. Our annual Real Estate issue spotlights "*the neighborhoods that have retained consistent property values*":/real-estate/articles/real-estate-best-nei

  • By Brian Barker
  • Published 03/19/2010
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Introducing

Foster Burger

Peruse the plentiful patties at Foster Burger.

  • By Brian Barker
  • Published 03/16/2010
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Great Neighborhoods: Taking the Long View

Where the Animals Roam

Active animal licenses are analyzed comparatively between Democrats and Republicans.

  • By Brian Barker
  • Published 03/16/2010
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Great Neighborhoods: Taking the Long View

Holding Steady

Take a tour of crash-beating neighborhoods—the Northwest District, Cathedral Park, and Sabin.

  • By Kasey Cordell, Randy Gragg, Brian Barker, and Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 03/16/2010
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Great Neighborhoods: Taking the Long View

Up-and-Comers

The neighborhoods of Kenton, Foster-Powell, and Boise are looking forward to an increase in value.

  • By Kasey Cordell, Randy Gragg, Brian Barker, and Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 03/16/2010
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Great Neighborhoods: Taking the Long View

Shrink City

Portland Alternative Dwellings offers minuscule (56 square feet!) options for hesitant homeowners.

  • By Brian Barker
  • Published 03/16/2010

Great Neighborhoods: Taking the Long View

The People’s Republic of Sunnyside

Southeast Portland's Sunnyside neighborhood has a regal, district-wide energy plot.

  • By Brian Barker
  • Published 03/16/2010
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