NE Broadway at Glisan, Portland, OR. 1978
NE Broadway at Glisan, Portland, OR. Photo: Google, 2014.
Here is another view of the “temporary” Trailways intercity bus station erected on this long-vacant lot on NE Broadway at Glisan St. This was not used for Greyhound. That station, that I have previously written about, was located on SW Taylor. The two were combined upon completion of the present bus station in 1984. This is clearly an example of how low property values had fallen in Old Town by this time. Although nominally temporary, this building looks to be semi-permanent with landscaping and would be more at home on a rural byway rather than a major city-center.
SE. Powell at 6th Ave, Portland, OR. 1986
SE. Powell at 6th Ave, Portland, OR. 2015
Holstein Haus: Master Chef Jerry is Here!
30 years later, saplings have sprouted into bushy beasts along this foresaken strip of Powell where little has changed.
These slides were missfiled in my collection, but take a gander at this horrific plan to gut the Hollywood District for a massive grade separated interchange at Sandy and 39th.
Though undated, I estimate this is from the late 30s. Old enough for Steigerwald Dairy bottle to be standing and for traffic congestion to be a thing.
Grade separated interchange, Sandy and 39th Ave, Portland, OR. c.1930s
Above The Hollywood District, Portland, OR. c.1930s
Hollywood District Business. Judging by the Marquee on the theatre, 1933. Portland, OR.
Thank god they decided not to go forward with the plan, however the rendering is pretty refined indicating that they were far enough along in the process to be pumping out visuals for the public. It is shocking to remember how willing to destroy their neighborhoods for ease of traffic people were. Sort of reminds me of how we treat the internet today.
The accompanying aerial clearly shows little traffic, so this must have been purely anticipatory destruction. Even better!
Sandy Blvd at NE 42nd Ave. Portland, OR. January, 1977
Sandy Blvd at NE Broadway, looking East. Portland, OR. January, 1977
NE 45th, near Hollywood East Apartments. Portland, OR. January, 1977
Sandy Blvd at NE Tillamook St, looking West. Portland, OR. January, 1977
You really get a sense of the middle class, hustle-bustle of Portland’s Hollywood District in these pics from January 1977. Unlike other areas, Hollywood and neighboring Grant Park, have always been fairly stable neighborhoods, spared the worst ravages of crime, real (or imagined in the case of block busting) and consequent cratering home values. And except for Hollywood East, a soviet-styled nightmare at 45th and Broadway, the district never really succumbed to “urban renewal”.
Such a shame what happened to this once humble neighborhood, now teeming with corporate relocates and culture vultures. I really think someday we will regret all this sloppy construction.
SE Division St near 32nd Ave. Portland, OR. April, 1977
SE Division St near 32nd Ave. Portland, OR. June, 2015