Dissatisfied with passive consumption, many residents of Portland, Oregon, take matters into their own hands. Associate Professor of Urban Studies Charles Heying noticed these local artisans prospering all over the city and set out to study their thriving economy. Profiling hundreds of local businesses, and with an eye on Portland’s unique penchant for sustainability and urban development, Brew to Bikes is about everything from bike manufacturers to microbreweries, from do-it-yourself to traditional crafts. A treatise to local, ethical business practices, Brew to Bikes positions Portland as a hub of artisan ingenuity worthy of admiration.
Ooligan Press sincerely regrets an error in the first print edition of Brew to Bikes: Portland’s Artisan Economy. Contributor and freelance writer Rebecca Ragain’s name was spelled incorrectly. The upcoming e-book reflects the corrected spelling.
Charles Heying is Associate Professor of Urban Studies and Planning at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon. His research interests include the interrelationship of private, nonprofit, and public sectors in market economies; institutional network analysis; and elites, power, and social transformation. Heying’s interests led him to develop a new project on Portland’s artisan economy, depicting the “creative class” and cultural economy of a rising city.
In 2011, Heying and his students started the Artisan Economy Initiative and their blog can be viewed here.
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