Portland: Places to Explore

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Old Town-Chinatown

The Skidmore Old Town National Historic District, commonly called Old Town/Chinatown, is where Portland was born. The 20-square-block section, bounded by Oak Street to the south and Hoyt Street to the north, includes buildings of varying ages and architectural designs. Before it was renovated, this was skid row. Vestiges of it remain in parts of Chinatown; older buildings are slowly being remodeled and over the last several years the immediate area has experienced a surge in development. Lan Su Chinese Garden is also here. MAX serves the area with a stop at the Old Town/Chinatown station.

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