Blog Stories On Change and Voodoo

On Change and Voodoo

By Kim Parmon, November 26, 2019

Milwaukie has seen a fair amount of change over the past few years.  The Orange Max Line connected this quaint town to the rest of PDX in September of 2015 and Portlanders started moving here in droves.  The landscape of Downtown changed when The Axletree Apartments broke ground a few years back.  Construction projects have been constant: the Farmer’s Market is getting a new location, Ledding Library is getting a new building… the list goes on.  Some Milwaukie natives welcome the changes while others haven’t been as happy.

Enter: Voodoo Donut.  Portlanders have a love/hate relationship with this wacky donut chain anyway.  Tourists love it and I bet more Oregonians would also love it if the lines weren’t as crazy.  Well, word just came out that the newest location for this chain is going to be in Milwaukie.  The new location will be around the corner from Fred Meyer.  Click here for a link to an article about it.

I live in the neighborhood.  So what do I think about all of this change?  Personally, I’m excited to have Downtown Milwaukie become more of a destination.  New buildings mean new storefront space, which means new businesses will move into the area.  As that happens people will be more likely to spend their money enjoying our own community instead of heading to Sellwood or Oregon City or Woodstock when they want to grab dinner out.  The landscape of Downtown is changing and the quaint little town of years ago is definitely different.  While I ultimately think this change is good it’s important that we work to preserve the character of our community too.

What I love most about Milwaukie is the people.  There is a real sense of community here.  People look out for one another.  We enjoy our parks and our green space and the quiet of the neighborhoods.  It’s a place where you are likely to run into friends at the grocery store or get into a conversation with a stranger on the street.  It’s a community where neighbors lend tools, helping hands, and warm company on cool evenings.

So no, I’m not worried about Voodoo Donut and the changes to Milwaukie.  The people who live here already are active participants in our community and I trust that we will preserve the things we love.  And anyway, who doesn’t love a donut?

Kim Parmon

Principal Broker


Oregon is the fifth state that Kim has called home in her life and this one is sticking!  She loves waking up every day in this beautiful place and looking out at the treetop view of her 1977 wood paneled contemporary with its 360-degree fireplace.  As a kid, Kim spent her free time wandering through open houses and exploring construction sites for the fun of it so it's no surprise that quirky architecture and unique spaces are a draw for her.  Formerly in the entertainment industry, Kim stumbled into real estate as a profession through the purchase of her first bungalow in Pasadena, CA.  After renovating it with her husband and selling it for enough of a profit to pay off their debt as well as buy a new house to live in, a new passion was born.  This passion eventually led her to put down roots in Portland in 2015 and grow her referrals-based business in her new hometown.  Kim excels at seeing the potential in a space and gets excited about maximizing both the functionality and beauty of a home. Kim understands that real estate is a service and the experience she gives her clients is first rate.  She works hard to anticipate needs.  She is responsive, thorough, and empathic.  Her successful approach to negotiation is based on psychology and being adaptive to each situation she is in.  Her ethics and reputation are cornerstones of her business and the happiness of her clients is the yardstick that she measures success against. In her free time, you'll find Kim enjoying lazy evenings by the fire with her husband, daughter, and grumpy old rescue dogs.  She loves yoga, dancing, exploring all of the beautiful places around us in the PNW, enjoying a cider and a good meal with friends, and browsing Powell's for a great new book.
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