104 PORTLAND RELOCATION GUIDE – WINTER | SPRING 2017
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 Portland, known for its high density of Asian,
Eastern European, and Latino immigrants. 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 convenience 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 28 international carts, or grab something 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 community members.
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 latest and most talked about addition to
East Portland is the Portland Mercado. The
rainbow-colored line of Mexican food carts
are impossible to miss, as are the crowds
that line up in front of them for authentic
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 been a residential and farming
community, and is home to Townsend
Farms, one of Oregon’s largest berry
Photo courtesy of Multnomah County
Rose Festival Parade
Photo courtesy of Multnomah County