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The Neighborhoods of Portland, Oregon

I've gotten a few letters, both from folks wanting to move here, as well as new residents, and some established Oregonians asking about neighborhoods—the issue of names, where they are, which are better, etc. Big stuff, and more than I can answer right now. But here are some resources which may help while/if I get my act together to write about neighborhoods. It's not the be-all, end-all. What would be really useful is a map which graphically shows where each neighborhood is. But, in the meantime:

general/umbrella:

  • Office of Neighborhood Associations
    "Portland is nationally recognized for its 25-year history of commitment to ensure that citizens are active partners in keeping their neighborhoods and communities strong, safe and healthy." Includes Upcoming Citizens' Workshops, Neighborhoods by name, & Directory of district coalitions
  • Portland Neighborhood Coalitions:
    • Northeast
      • Central Northeast Neighbors
        Includes contact information for the Beaumont-Wilshire, Cully, Hollywood, Madison South, Rose City Park, Roseway, Sumner, and Sunderland neighborhood associations, and the Hollywood Boosters, Beaumont Business Association, Roseway Business Association and Eighty-Second Avenue Business Association.
    Southeast
    • Southeast Uplift
    • Hosford-Abernethy Neighborhood Development Association
      Or HAND. The HAND neighborhood lies within the boundaries of the Willamette River on the West, SE 29th on the East, Hawthorne Blvd. on the North, and Powell Blvd. on the South. This is a great site, complete with a map of the central southeast neighborhood associations, newsletters, local businesses, local government offices and email addresses for elected officials, and where to e-mail those letters to the editor!

    Westside


    • Neighbors West/Northwest

      "The Neighbors West/Northwest Review Board consists of the nine member neighborhood associations: Goose Hollow Foothills League, Arlington Heights, Sylvan-Highlands, Hillside, Northwest District Association, Forest Park, Linnton, Northwest Industrial Neighborhood Association and the Pearl District Neighborhood Association." One should note that these neighborhoods are not exclusively Northwest... This page won't help a lot, but, hey!

    • Southwest Neighborhoods, Inc. (SWNI)
      "Southwest Neighborhoods, Inc. (SWNI) is a nonprofit coalition that provides support services to promote citizen participation and crime prevention in 16 southwest Portland neighborhoods and 3 business associations."

    • Crestwood Neighborhood Association
      This site is jam-packed full of all sorts of crunchy goodness. Crestwood is bounded by I-5, Capitol Hwy, SW 55th, Baird & Wood Pkwy

    • Goose Hollow Foothills League
      "Goose Hollow is a neighborhood partly in, and adjacent to, downtown Portland, Oregon. This neighborhood, or association of neighborhoods, is host to several distinct, but related, residential communities. While the neighborhood has now less than half the housing stock it had thirty years ago, it remains one of the most densely populated parts of the City. Its attractiveness as a place to live has much to do with this association's insistence on maintaining a pedestrian environment and rebuilding a community
      focus lost in a period of dislocation and changing patterns of urbanization accompanying the development of urban freeways."

    • Hillside Neighborhood Association

    • Linnton Neighborhood Association
      "We're located in Northwest Portland along US 30 (St Helens Road), from the Willbridge district out through the old townsite of Linnton to the Sauvie Island Bridge, between the Willamette River and Forest Park."

    • Maplewood Neighborhood Association
      "We are bounded on the North by SW Vermont Avenue, on the South by Multnomah Blvd, on the East by SW 45th Street, and on the West by SW 66th Street." Lots of information here, including crime statistics

    • Northwest District Association
      "Our boundaries are West Burnside on the South side and the I-405 freeway to the East. To the North, we extend to NW Front Avenue, NW Nicolai Street and St. Helens Road. And our West edge is defined by the East boundaries of Forest and Macleay Parks and a line running 600 feet west and parallel to Cornell and Westover Roads." This includes the trendy Pearl Neighborhood, and Northwest, as in Northwest 21st and Northwest 23rd.




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Albina

The former city of Albina straddles North and Northeast Portland and is made up of these neighborhoods: Arbor Lodge; Boise; Eliot; Humboldt; Kenton; King; Overlook; Piedmont; Sabin; Vernon; and Woodlawn.


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Andrew Hall's guide to Portland Neighborhoods

http://www.portlandbridges.com/portland-neighborhoods/

Portland photographer Andrew Hall has created another excellent resource for Portlandophiles—this time, a guide to Portland neighborhoods.

He doesn't touch on every neighborhood, but he does touch on all the significant ones:
Downtown, Goose Hollow and King's Hill, Northwest Portland, Riverplace and South Waterfront, The Pearl District, Alberta, Irvington, Mississippi, St. Johns, University Park, Hawthorne District, Ladd's Addition, Laurelhurst, Sellwood, Woodstock, Lake Oswego, Orenco Station, Tanasbourne, Tualatin Town Center, Vancouver, WA, Johns Landing and Multnomah Village.

He also touches on the questions that folks have when moving to Portland: Where in Portland should I live?, Random Facts and Portland Trivia, Living in Portland Without A Car, Portland Frequently Asked Questions, Navigating Portland, and Finding an Apartment or Rental in Portland.


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East PDX News

eastpdxnews.com

There's really only one topic on this site -- news about the fascinating people and events here in East Portland. From civic activities, to business organizations, to fraternal groups, schools -- you'll see all of the kinds of stories I've enjoyed covering for years.

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Foster Powell Neighborhood Association

fosterpowell.org

This neighborhood association's website is short and sweet. They provide a "quick-call list" (police, parking violations, etc), events, projects, volunteer opportunities, blogs, resources, contacts within the Association, and the Associations by-laws. There's also information about monthly meetings.


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Mid-County Memo

midcountymemo.com/memlog

The Mid-county Memo neighborhood newspaper was established in 1985 to serve the Gateway and Parkrose neighborhoods of Portland, Oregon. Mailed FREE to over 13,500 homes, the Mid-county Memo is totally advertiser supported. The Mid-county Memo Blog was created in 2006 for our readers.

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Neighboroo

neighboroo.com

neighborooEnter an address and get data for that zip code about lifestyle (college student, young single, young family, family, mature family, and retiree as well as spending preferences), politics (democrat or republican), crime (my neighborhood gets a 90 out of 100! Wuhoo!), elementary school rank (by school district), air quality, median home price, median 2 bedroom apartment rent, cost of living index, commute time, median household income, tax rates, unemployment, and population densities and break down by race.

Nice interface, and nice googlemap mash-up, though it's still not as useful as Portland Maps is for address and neighborhood-based information.

thanks, FryKitty!


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Neighboroo

neighboroo.com

neighborooEnter an address and get data for that zip code about lifestyle (college student, young single, young family, family, mature family, and retiree as well as spending preferences), politics (democrat or republican), crime (my neighborhood gets a 90 out of 100! Wuhoo!), elementary school rank (by school district), air quality, median home price, median 2 bedroom apartment rent, cost of living index, commute time, median household income, tax rates, unemployment, and population densities and break down by race.

Nice interface, and nice googlemap mash-up, though it's still not as useful as Portland Maps is for address and neighborhood-based information.

thanks, FryKitty!


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St. Johns redux

Still incomplete but enhanced, expanded coverage of St. Johns is where it was, just updated and organized and far less sparse. Oh, and there's maps. Really, it is hugely improved.

This is a neighborhood I've been following for more than 15 years, and it's very interesting to see the new businesses and new vibe that have come in in the last couple years.

It's the place that time forgot: except you can get some decent breakfast, coffee, lefty magazines, and mexican food. Woot! Oh, and see a movie in one of two movie-pubs!


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Walk Score

walkscore.com

a screenshot of Walk Score

How walkable is your house?

Walk Score helps people find walkable places to live. Walk Score calculates the walkability of an address by locating nearby stores, restaurants, schools, parks, etc.
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Walkable neighborhoods offer surprising benefits to our health, the environment, and our communities.

If having amentities close to home is important to you, this web app can give you a score which you can use to rate an address. But beware, this app can't judge street width, whether a neighborhood street is a freeway or a number of other important variables which make a huge difference in how walkable an area is.

For example, I checked out my address and got a score of 67. According to Walk Score, this means: "Some stores and amenities are within walking distance, but many everyday trips still require a car." And yet!

I live within 5 blocks of 4 bus lines. I live 3 blocks from the beer and ice cream store, 4 blocks from a pub that serves lunch and dinner, 5 blocks from a laundromat, dry-cleaners, pizza & BBQ, 6 blocks from a hardware and an independent coffee shop. I'm just 10 blocks from Mississippi, and 15 blocks from a library, full service grocery, and hell, even a Starbucks. And my place rates a 67?!?


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Woodstock Neighborhood Association

woodstockpdx.org

screenshot, Woodstock Neighborhood Association

This organization is dedicated to improving the quality of life in the area through community service, proactive response to livability issues and working on a sense of togetherness. Our goal with this website is to keep our neighbors informed, active and in-touch. Is there something you would like to see on your website? Contact us at info@woodstockpdx.org. In the meantime, take a look around and get to know your neighborhood a little better.


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