In early May when I went to Portland
for yet another volunteer session at Free Geek,
I took the opportunity to make a short visit to the Pearl District
in northern downtown
before spending the afternoon in a computer-recycling warehouse.
From the Portland Streetcar
stop at the corner of NW Northrup Street and 10th Avenue, I decided to head south so I could explore the central and southern parts of the District. It turned out that there was a lot to see, admire and photograph.
For most of its history this half-square-mile section of downtown Portland was an industrial warehouse district. But since the mid-1980s it has been undergoing significant urban renewal
which has been so successful that the Pearl District is now one of Portland’s hottest and most-expensive real estate markets. As you can see from the photos in this album, the renewal has consisted of both new, modern construction as well as the renovation and restoration of many century-old (or more) historic buildings.
After an excellent lunch at Zaatar Fine Lebanese Cuisine,
I wandered around some more, admiring buildings, both old and new, as well as other interesting sights. I also strolled through the North Park Blocks.
Out of the 82 photos I took during my two-hour mini-ramble, the best 36 can be viewed in this album.