Downtown Portland

What is Downtown Portland known for?


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. Portland's Greyhound (Greyhound Lines) bus station is the next building to the south, having moved to a new building there (from a location in the center of downtown (Downtown Portland)) in 1985. Erickson, Steve (September 11, 1985). "Greyhound depot reaches end of line; new terminal opens in NW Portland". ''The Oregonian''. Union Station connects to MAX (MAX Light Rail) Green (MAX Green Line) and Yellow (MAX Yellow Line) line trains at nearby Union


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of spur freeways running through neighborhoods. The city and state embraced much of the plan. The loop Moses envisioned became Interstate 405 as it links with I-5 south of downtown and runs north across the Fremont Bridge. accessdate 2014-11-21 By the early 1970s, parts of Portland's central city had been in decay for some time. New suburban shopping malls in the neighboring cities of Beaverton (Beaverton, Oregon), Tigard (Tigard, Oregon), and Gresham, Oregon Gresham

. Because of its shorter blocks, walking is often preferred by the locals. TriMet, the regional mass transit agency, operates MAX light rail on two alignments in downtown, one running east west on Yamhill and Morrison streets and north south on 1st Avenue, the other running north south on 5th and 6th avenues. On the latter two streets, an extensive transit mall—known as the Portland Mall (Portland Transit Mall)—limits private vehicles and provides connections between more than

running out of room for expansion, beginning in 2003 OHSU announced plans to expand into the South Waterfront District (South Waterfront), formerly known as the North Macadam District. The expansion area is along the Willamette River in the South Portland (South Portland, Portland, Oregon) neighborhood to the east of Marquam Hill and south of the city center (Downtown Portland). The newly-constructed Center for Health & Healing (OHSU Center for Health & Healing) earned LEED


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, and was influential on Portland-area transportation policy, particularly with the abandonment of the Mount Hood Freeway and the establishment of the MAX Light Rail. He was appointed U.S. Secretary of Transportation (United States Secretary of Transportation) by President (President of the United States) Jimmy Carter in 1979; where he worked to revive the ailing automobile industry, and to deregulate (deregulation) several industries. He served until the end of Carter's presidency

). ''The Oregonian'', p. E12. as a way to lure back to the city center shoppers who increasingly preferred suburban shopping malls. One of its most enthusiastic and influential proponents was Portland businessman Bill Naito Alesko, Michael (December 13, 1979). "Trolley proposal advances". ''The Oregonian'', p. D3. Federman, Stan (January 29, 1987). "Tri-Met trolley plan gets go-ahead


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on the east side (Lloyd District, Central Eastside Industrial District, and Lower Albina (Albina, Oregon)).

projects were rare. Between 1990 and 2010, 500,000 more square feet of development took place in downtown than in the east side’s Lloyd District, CEID and Lower Albina area combined, according to data collected by the Bureau of Development Services. Downtown development has not been without criticism. Some charge that the transit mall and increased pedestrian traffic has attracted transient and homeless persons from across the city, and aggressive panhandling has increased


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in 2001, after TriMet adopted color designations for its separate light rail routes. Stewart, Bill (September 21, 2000). "Local colors roll out: Tri-Met designates the Blue, Red and Yellow lines". ''The Oregonian''. In June 2003, the Office of Transportation adopted the Eastside Streetcar Alignment Study, a study for an extension of the streetcar to the Lloyd (Lloyd District, Portland, Oregon) and Central Eastside Industrial Districts


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. Powell's headquarters, dubbed '''Powell's City of Books''', claims to be the largest independent new and used bookstore (independent bookstore) in the world. Powell's City of Books is located in the Pearl District on the edge of Downtown Portland downtown


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and continuing for almost four decades, all transit service in downtown was free (free public transport), as downtown was entirely within TriMet's Fareless Square, which also covered the nearby Lloyd District (Lloyd District, Portland, Oregon) after 2001. However, in 2010, free rides became limited to MAX and streetcar service – no longer covering bus service – and the zone renamed the "Free Rail Zone",


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to as the ''Eastside'' MAX line, so as to distinguish it from the Westside MAX project. The The '''Meier & Frank Building''' is a fifteen story, glazed terra cotta (Glazed architectural terra-cotta) building located in downtown (Downtown Portland) Portland, Oregon, across from the northeast corner of Pioneer Courthouse Square. The building is the former flagship store and headquarters building for the Meier & Frank department store chain and has now seen its lower floors be remodeled into an updated Macy's department store. Upper floors of the building have been renovated into a luxury hotel known as The Nines (The Nines (hotel)). The idea of operating vintage streetcars in Downtown Portland had been proposed at least as early as the mid-1970s, "Old Town trolleys proposed". (August 25, 1976). ''The Oregonian'', p. E12. as a way to lure back to the city center shoppers who increasingly preferred suburban shopping malls. One of its most enthusiastic and influential proponents was Portland businessman Bill Naito Alesko, Michael (December 13, 1979). "Trolley proposal advances". ''The Oregonian'', p. D3. Federman, Stan (January 29, 1987). "Tri-Met trolley plan gets go-ahead bell". ''The Oregonian.'' (who later became the first president of Vintage Trolley, Inc.). Mayer, James (November 27, 1991). "Rose City went off its trolley 41 years ago; it has returned". ''The Oregonian''. '''The Benson Hotel''' is a 287-room historic hotel building in downtown (Downtown Portland) Portland (Portland, Oregon), Oregon, United States.


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of the Portland–Gresham light rail line (MAX Light Rail) in 1986, and the opening of Pioneer Place mall in 1990 successfully drew or retained businesses and lured customers. Downtown, which had been a virtual ghost town after regular business hours, more development there than


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and continuing for almost four decades, all transit service in downtown was free (free public transport), as downtown was entirely within TriMet's Fareless Square, which also covered the nearby Lloyd District (Lloyd District, Portland, Oregon) after 2001. However, in 2010, free rides became limited to MAX and streetcar service – no longer covering bus service – and the zone renamed the "Free Rail Zone",

Downtown Portland

'''Downtown Portland''', the city center of Portland (Portland, Oregon), Oregon, United States, is located on the west bank of the Willamette River. It is in the northeastern corner of the southwest section of the city and where most of the city's high-rise (skyscraper) buildings are found.

The downtown area is usually considered to extend west from the Willamette to Interstate 405 (Interstate 405 (Oregon)), and south from Union Station (Union Station (Portland)) to just south of the Portland State University campus (also bounded by I-405). (The northeastern portion of this area is also part of the Old Town Chinatown (Old Town Chinatown, Portland, Oregon) neighborhood.) High-density business and residential districts near downtown include the Lloyd District, across the river from the northern part of downtown, and the South Waterfront area, currently in development just south of downtown in the South Portland (South Portland, Portland, Oregon) neighborhood. The city recognizes a formal neighborhood called '''Portland Downtown''', bounded by Burnside St., I-405, and the river, except for a few blocks that are part of Old Town Chinatown. http: www.portlandoregon.gov oni article 58371

Portland's downtown features narrow streets— long combined blocks divide one mile (1.6 km) of road into exactly 20 separate blocks.

By comparison, Seattle (Seattle, Washington)'s blocks are .

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