1980s proposal to redesign NW 23rd @ Burnside

Though I am unsure the exact date on this project, I would estimate sometime in the mid eighties as the property at the lower righthand corner: Barbra Sue Seal real estate office on the corner of NW 23rd and Burnside was drawn in the plan.

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Before & After: NW 5th Ave @ Hoyt, 1978

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

Our first 100,000


We here at Faded Portland world headquarters just wanted to say ‘thank you’ for all


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your support and interest in our little project. When we first started this blog  it wasn’t clear it would be anything more than an abandoned Tumblr dumpsite strewn with hundreds of scanned pics of esoteric Portland history. But it has grown in scale and ambition.


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Before & After: Broadway @ Glisan, 1978


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.


Shocker: City planned to gut Hollywood for massive interchange

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.

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!

Hollywood District, Jan. 1977 and Redlining

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”.

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Before & After: Division @ 32nd, 1977

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.


Tri-Met 1990 Annual Report

Ok guys, just wanted to share something a bit different from the usual pics from my slide collection. I recently discovered a nice little treasure trove of TriMet paraphernalia holed up in the county library’s closed stacks.

Here is one such gem: the Tri-Met 1990 Annual Report. There are others but I found this one particularly interesting for the discussion of the of Westside MAX planning then taking shape. 1990 was a red-letter year for TriMet as it was bestowed the American Public Transit Assoc. “Best Transit System” award. A mark of distinction proudly emblazoned on all MAX vehicles where they remained visible until being repainted in the new white/yellow/blue livery. These were heady times for TriMet with near universal praise for MAX and huge projects in the hopper.

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