After 22 photographic walking tours of Portland in 2015,
there were still many sections of the city I had not explored. One of them was the Northwest District.
This area of the city center is bounded by Burnside Street
on the south, Nicolai Street on the north, I-405
and the Willamette River
on the east, and the West Hills
on the west.
The principle north-south street through the Northwest District is NW 23rd Avenue, followed by NW 21st Avenue. For my final Portland
outing of 2015, I decided to explore, on foot, these two roads.
This part of Portland is an interesting mélange
of historic buildings, new construction, and middle-aged structures. The early-morning, late-November slanting sunlight created interesting shadows, and gave everything a golden-yellow glow. Because the lengths of NW 21st and 23rd Avenues are both less than one mile, it didn’t take me too long to cover that distance.
In my wandering, I passed by many of the more than 20 structures on 9 city blocks
occupied by the Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center
campus, which dominates this corner of Portland.
Not only did I explore the outside of many buildings, but I also visited the inside of some of them as well. Treat-vending businesses such as Ken’s Artisan Bakery,
the City Market NW, McMenamins Rams Head, Lompoc Tavern,
and Kells Brew Pub
were full of epicurean
I took 132 pictures that day; the best 43 have been gathered into this album.