Dog owners will love Laurelhurst Park,
with its wide open, off-leash area. But those
without canine counterparts will find some-thing to enjoy here, too. The nearly 27 acres
were named the West Coast’s most beautiful
park back in 1919, and though many have
taken the title since, locals will agree that
it still ranks for peaceful escapes amidst an
otherwise busy neighborhood.
A melting pot of Russian, Chinese, Vietnamese and Hispanic populations make
the Foster-Powell neighborhood one of the
more diverse. This area is easily accessible
by automobile, due to its triangular position,
bordered by three main arteries of traffic.
Sellwood is where Southeast families are
flocking for its small-town feel, with a strong
sense of community pride. It feels a little
less hipster than the rest of Southeast, here
— but still there’s a vibe that anything goes.
Just keep it kid-friendly.
Sellwood is home to Oaks Amusement Park,
which first opened in 1905, as well as Oaks
Bottom Wildlife Refuge, where 185 bird
species come to play.
East of 82nd Avenue is considered East Portland — a neighborhood that once existed as
a separate city entirely. East Portland was
annexed by the city in 1891, and today
it’s home to about 28% of Portlanders.
On the northern end of East Portland, you’ll
find Argay — a quiet, residential neighborhood that caters best to those who value
spacious, manicured lawns and well-kept
homes. An extensive fire and emergency
station training center are based in Argay,
and they’ll soon be joined by the new Portland Police training center.
On the opposite end of East Portland,
you’ll find Lents — one of the largest
and most diverse neighborhoods in Port-
land, known for its high density of Asian,
Eastern European, and Latino immi-
grants. Lents has recently been the focus
of urban renewal with hopes to revitalize
its commercial and residential offerings.
Lents’ position at the cross-section of
I- 205 and Foster Road makes it highly
accessible to cars. The urban renewal has
been focusing on increasing the conve-
nience of both walking and biking, too.
Cartlandia, a food-cart superpod, will fill
you up for a long ride on the Springwater
Corridor Bike Trail. Visitors take their pick
from 32 international carts, or grab some-thing for the road. Those who stop post bike
ride might prefer a seat at the Blue Room
Bar — a full service bar and restaurant
featuring live music on the Cartlandia lot.
The city’s largest, LEED-certified aquatic
facility is housed inside the East Portland Community Center. The center also
features basketball hoops, a fitness room,
two pools, and a kitchen, providing an
assortment of classes and activities for
Much of East Portland is crowded with
housing and commercial space, but you’ll
still find opportunities to escape the hustle
and bustle with hikes around the 12-acre
Knott Park and Powell Butte Nature Park.
The nonprofit, Zenger Farm, features ten
acres of protected wetlands and acts as the
city’s classroom for budding ecologists.
Located right next to busy Foster Road,
Zenger Farm will surprise visitors with its
vast expanse of urban gardens. They offer
classes in sustainability, organic farming,
beekeeping and more. If you’re coming to
Portland and feeling confused by the city’s
dedication to sustainable living, Zenger
Farms will get you up to speed.
Even more outdoor education can be found
at the Leach Botanical Garden. This space
features more than 2,000 species of plants
with a mix of local Oregon fauna, and
samplings from the rest of the country, with
a focus on plants discovered by the original
owner, Lilla Leach. The garden is inspired
by the lives of Lilla and her husband, John
Leach. The two were pioneers, explorers,
scientists, and artists, and they left their
beautiful garden to the city.
The Portland Mercado is a rainbow-col-
ored line of Mexican food carts that are
impossible to miss, as are the crowds that
line up in front of them for authentic
Mexican eats. Portland neighborhoods
will continue to develop and change as
the city grows, but Portland residents will
hold on tight to the variety that makes
their neighborhoods so special. Once you
find the one that’s right for you, you’ll
probably do the same.
The city of Fairview is located 15 miles east
of Portland, and enjoys easy access to Mt.
Hood and the Columbia River Gorge.
Founded in 1908, Fairview has historically
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