It took a while, but eventually I received my new camera gear. Or some of it, anyway. January 14 I went down to the river to try it out. These old buildings are in a part of Portland called the North Pearl district. As the name suggests, it is immediately north of the trendy Pearl District. The Pearl is an old warehouse area that has been transformed into loft apartments, boutique stores, chic restaurants and hip art galleries over the past ten years or so. A similar transition is expected for the North Pearl over the next ten or twenty years.