Sunday, August 07, 2011

Reed College

Reed College in Portland, Oregon is a beautiful place. The campus embodies the tradition of its one hundred year history, but it also exemplifies progressive ideals. The school's culture supports an attitude of mindfulness toward others and the environment.  

All throughout campus, I found visual reminders to pause and appreciate the beauty of life. In one instance, I found a literal sign telling drivers to "slow down, observe, & enjoy."

A beautiful lake sits at the heart of the campus, surrounded by wildlife, trees, and hiking trails.  

Several bridges cross the river and connect both sides of campus. I'm told that this particular bridge was constructed without disturbing the trees. That's why the bridge does not cross in a straight line. Even the architecture is a subtle reminder to slow down.

The Portland area supports a strong bicycle culture.

A storm drain reminds people that our actions affect others. What we dump in one location can harm living things someplace else.

"To be truly radical is to make hope possible rather than despair convincing."

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