Alberta Arts District

Portland, Oregon

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If you’d left Portland in the early 1990s and not heard a word about it since, you would be astounded by the changes that have since taken place along NE Alberta Street. Back then, more than half of the businesses were shuttered, and nobody yet was using the term gentrification anywhere near here. But things change quickly. As is ever the way, bold artistic types noticed the cheap rent and made their way over, hipsters and hangers-on soon followed, and then came the business dollars, the building renovations, the local press’s guilt-ridden griping about forcing longtime locals out of the neighborhood, followed by still more emboldened newcomers . . . you know the story.

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"If you’d left Portland in the early 1990s and not heard a word about it since, you would be astounded by the changes that have since taken place along NE Alberta Street. Back then, more than half of the businesses were shuttered, and nobody yet was using the term gentrification anywhere near here. But things change quickly. As is ever the way, bold artistic types noticed the cheap rent and made their way over, hipsters and hangers-on soon followed, and then came the business dollars, the building renovations, the local press’s guilt-ridden griping about forcing longtime locals out of the neighborhood, followed by still more emboldened newcomers . . . you know the story."

Activity Type: Walking
Nearby City: Portland
Distance: 1.25
Trail Type: Shuttle
Skill Level: Easy
Season: Year-round

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Jun 2018