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St. Johns and Cathedral Park Professional Review and Guide
"Lots of Portlanders have close friends they claim they never see anymore because the friends bought houses in St. Johns and it’s soooo far away. And there may be something to that: despite its many charms, this little neighborhood is not exactly handy. It’s about 9 miles and a 15- to 20-minute drive from downtown Portland. But homes are still (for now) comparatively affordable here, and a few years back Portland’s cool/bored-with-it-all crowd discovered that St. Johns has a huge amount of off-kilter charm (and a disproportionately high number of great bars for its size). It also has one of the area’s most appealing parks and the prettiest bridge, hands-down. The saint in question, if you’re curious, is James John, an early California import; he claimed a patch of land in 1843 and started platting the town."
--Becky Ohlsen, Walking Portland (Wilderness Press).
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