Guide to Southeast Neighborhoods in Portland, Oregon
Cross over the Willamette River from downtown and you're in the Southeast's Central Eastside Industrial District, home to the industrial plants that provide thousands of jobs for Portlanders. It's also home to the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.
Many eastside residents take the Hawthorne Bridge (photo on the left) to enter the downtown area or leave it. This beautiful photograph of the bridge was taken by Adrienne Cleveland of Portland. You can view more of her work at Natural Sights.
Travel east from the Central Industrial District a mile or so and you'll run into the Hawthorne area. The Hawthorne and nearby Belmont districts are filled with single-family homes and apartment buildings. Bakeries, coffeehouses, boutiques, music and bookstores, micro-pubs, and restaurants line the two streets.
Southeast Portland's Hawthorne Boulevard supports a thriving district that is full of activity. Here, high-density housing meshes with retail activity, creating one of the city's more interesting shopping areas -- pedestrian friendly, lined with gift stores, period clothing shops, eateries, and espresso shops.
Big Burn of 1846
In 1846, a forest fire that began on the slopes of Mt. Scott burned off most of the timber as far north as the Columbia River. This event had a profound effect on the settlement of the east side. Up until that year, much of the land east of the river was heavily wooded. The trees were soon replaced with coarse grasses. The area was so thoroughly cleared that the setting of farms was a simple matter not requiring the time-consuming and back-breaking job of clearing.
Killing the Eastside Freeway and Preserving Urban Living
One event defines Portland in the past 25 years! It was killing the Mount Hood Freeway - a 6-mile, eight-lane asphalt highway that would have vaulted across the Willamette River from Johns Landing to Interstate 205.
The story of the freeway's demise is a lesson in what distinguishes Portland from other West Coast cities. Whereas most cities were building freeways after WWII, Portland was preserving neighborhoods. It gave us strong neighborhoods, proud schools and MAX (light rail). It cemented the region's commitment to ecology and the reputation of a brilliant political leader, Neil Goldschmidt. Stopping the freeway not only saved 1,750 households in Southeast Portland from the wrecking ball, it also established Portland's philosophy of urban livability-the idea that cities are for people, not just for commerce and cars.
In 1975 Portland took the $500 million in federal highway aid and built the transit mall, eastside MAX and a host of neighborhood and suburban transportation projects, such as Eastman Parkway in Gresham and Cornell Road in Hillsboro. Most of the money went to the light rail system.
The Oaks: A Web site About Portland Progressive Era
The Oaks in the Progressive Era is a Web site that uses the history of the local amusement park called the "Oaks Park Amusement Center" as a window into the cultural past of Portland, Oregon. It full of interesting information about Portland. For example, here is a paragraph:
Southeast Public Schools
As the demographics of inner Southeast Portland change so have the schools. There are two high schools exclusively for southeast kids: Cleveland High School and Franklin High School. Madison High School draws from both southeast and northeast Portland. One of the schools that has undergone a dramatic change is Cleveland. As an example of the change here are some high marks for the 2011-2012 school year at Cleveland:
Vintage Neighborhood Theaters
Portland's east side is dotted with vintage movie theaters. Here's the list:
Sources: Shawn Granton, creator of a self-guided eastside vintage theater tour - see www.urbanadventureleague.blogspot.com. Also Cinema Treasures.org and The Oregonian.
Walking in Southeast Portland
Walk Score helps you find a walkable place to live. Walk Score is a number between 0 and 100 that measures the walkability of any address. Portland is the 12th most walkable city in the U.S. Two Southeast Portland neighborhoods, Hosford-Abernethy and Sunnyside, are on the Walk Score list of the 300 walker's paradises (Walk Score 90 or above).
We have created a Walk Score for each of the neighborhood profiles below. Please note that we use an address in the center of each neighborhood to determine the Walk Score. Scores will vary in a neighborhood depending upon the address.
Here are some walking tours in the southeast neighborhoods of Portland:
In 2009, the non-profit Transportation for America named the Portland-Vancouver area as the ninth-safest metro area for pedestrians.
Transit Score provides a 0-100 rating indicating how well an address is served by public transportation. Ratings range from "Rider's Paradises" to areas with limited or no nearby public transportation.
Portland Monthly Neighborhood Guide
The Portland Monthly magazine features neighborhoods in their April issue every year. It has a ton of information about neighborhoods and communities to include their pick of the "best" for the year.
To help those in the housing market, the magazine combines data from Portland neighborhoods and suburban communities online. Include in the document are housing prices, school ratings, demographics, crime statistics, parks, commuting information, and services. Click here to view the report.
The Southeast Examiner keeps track of the happenings and events in Southeast Portland. It reports on activities of the various Southeast Portland Neighborhoods.
Search for Homes in Southeast Portland
To search for homes in Southeast Portland, go SpatialMatch®, a real-time interactive geo-spatial search platform that delivers a totally new way to search for real estate online. Every aspect of the search process is conducted on the map, creating a fluid and entertaining user experience. You can just specify the criteria and obtain all the current listings that match in Southeast Portland as well as a specific neighborhood.
Detailed Profiles of Southeast Neighborhoods
Here are five neighborhoods in Southeast Portland that have details profiles. The profiles include housing costs, crime stats, history, etc.