Portland: Places to Explore


North Portland

Long dismissed as the "fifth quadrant," North Portland has come into its own in recent years. Marked by a 31-foot-tall roadside statue of the strapping lumberman Paul Bunyan (on the National Register of Historic Places), North Portland sits on the peninsula formed by the joining of the Willamette River (to the west) and the Columbia River (to the north). In the working-class, port-side neighborhood of St. Johns, old-school barbershops and hardware stores sit alongside newer shops, restaurants, and cafes. Further south, Norht Mississippi Avenue and North Williams Street have become home to some of the most popular food, drink, and music destinations in the city.


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