Irvington

Portland, Oregon

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Irvington was planned, successfully, as an upper-middle-class neighborhood, with strict rules about things like yard size and the proximity of sidewalks to front doors. There was also, for a long time, a rule against most commercial development, which in hindsight was a great idea, as it has allowed much of the neighborhood to be preserved as originally laid out: quiet, tree-lined streets with big, stately houses and well-landscaped yards. (This is not counting the parts that were demolished to build up the Lloyd District—more on that later.) Irvington is a pleasure to walk through, despite the lack of things to do here. This walk is mostly just a peaceful wander among the lovely old Victorian houses, with a couple of exceptions, and one jarring architectural and spiritual contrast that couldn’t be avoided. (Spoiler alert: it’s a mall.)

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"Irvington was planned, successfully, as an upper-middle-class neighborhood, with strict rules about things like yard size and the proximity of sidewalks to front doors. There was also, for a long time, a rule against most commercial development, which in hindsight was a great idea, as it has allowed much of the neighborhood to be preserved as originally laid out: quiet, tree-lined streets with big, stately houses and well-landscaped yards. (This is not counting the parts that were demolished to build up the Lloyd District—more on that later.) Irvington is a pleasure to walk through, despite the lack of things to do here. This walk is mostly just a peaceful wander among the lovely old Victorian houses, with a couple of exceptions, and one jarring architectural and spiritual contrast that couldn’t be avoided. (Spoiler alert: it’s a mall.)"

Activity Type: Walking
Nearby City: Portland
Distance: 2.5
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Season: Year-round

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