On the hottest day Portland has seen so far this summer, photographer Meghan Colson and I headed to the Pearl District to soak up the sun and, hopefully, capture the essence of a bustling First Thursday. We observed puddle-jumping toddlers who couldn’t bear to leave splash time at Jamison Park, begging their parents for "just a few minutes longer." Further down, the after-work crowd at Vault Martini were waiting for an innervating cocktail and the chance to unwind ...

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