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Riverfront and Old Town Professional Review and Guide
"This riverfront area is where Portland originally was founded and developed. Fires destroyed the first wooden buildings, which were replaced by buildings with cast-iron facades. After major downtown flooding in the late 1800s, businesses moved back from the river leaving these buildings behind. Many old structures were demolished. Those remaining are now being renovated, restored, and reused by tempting shops and restaurants. An expressway along the riverbank was torn down to create Tom McCall Waterfront Park. Today this entrance to the city hosts many civic and cultural events. It is always full of walkers, cyclers, runners, dogs, and people just admiring the view."
--Sybilla Avery Cook, Walking Portland, Oregon (Falcon Guides).
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