During the past year and a half that I have been positively passionate about Portland,
I have had a wonderful time discovering Portland photographically,
as well as learning about the history of this city and the surrounding area. During my research I came across references to the intriguing-sounding Alphabet District.
But before it was even on my radar, I had unknowingly visited it during a photo outing to Portland’s NW 21st and 23rd Avenues.
For my ramble through the Alphabet District, I wanted to pass by all twenty-six streets, from A to Z. I had to decide which north-south avenue to walk along that would make this goal the easiest to achieve. It might seem that I should choose 23rd Avenue, because that is the most famous street in the District. However, because of the angle of Burnside Street
(it is not aligned exactly east-west), the next street on 23rd north of Burnside is Everett. Couch and Davis Streets are completely missing! That for sure would not work! In addition, there is no street starting with ‘A’ just south of Burnside at 23rd.
Because there was no single north-south avenue that met my requirements, I was forced to route my walk along two different streets. At the southern end, I started at the three-road intersection of SW Alder Street, West Burnside Street, and SW 19th Avenue. I strolled north on 19th for exactly one mile until I came to Vaughn Street. Because 19th Avenue does not continue on to another cross street past Vaughn, I walked two long blocks west on Vaughn so I could continue north on NW 21st Avenue and finish the alphabet.
From A to Z, I took 263 pictures. Obviously, I found more than one interesting subject per block! The best 94 photos are now on display in this album. I am quite proud of how the resulting article and album turned out. As far as I have been able to research, I think it is the most comprehensive exposition on the Alphabet District in existence on the entire Web!