This picture reminds me how few I have of SW. A real shame as we can see here, the changes are more subtle but still interesting.
Some things I noticed: the old bus stop signs and shelter. Passing was allowed in strange places in 1975. This intersection was signalized and curbed probably shortly after. The fire hydrant is unchanged. The powerlines are more annoying now.
This shot looking North along 5th Ave near Hoyt serves as yet another stunning example of how far we have come as a city and specifically, the improvements in Old Town. Continue reading
Here is another view of the “temporary” Trailways intercity bus station erected on this long-vacant lot on NW 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.
Similar to another Before and after I previously posted, much has changed on this stretch of Powell Blvd. Though the strip mall and much of the structures to the north remain, the entire south side was wiped out for the freeway.
There’s just something timeless about these Weston Special apartments hanging on throughout the city, practically unchanged in the 40 years since construction. Shadows of a different age when the city was emptying out and land was cheap, the developments were spearheaded by local businessman and philanthropist, Joe Weston. Today, with a staff of 175 running American Property Management, he holds a small empire of affordable housing, self-storage and office space scattered across Portland. With wildly inaccurate names like “The Berkshire”, you can spot his affordable housing properties a mile away by their rich yellow-gold paint, recycled brick veneer, free-form juniper bushes surrounded broad swaths of barren bark dust and surface parking. Being utilitarian and cheap in nature, there is significant pressure to redevelop these quadplexes into higher density housing. And with that some of the last remaining cheap rents in the city evaporate into thin air.