Boise Neighborhood, Portland, OR

Boise is a neighborhood in Northeast Portland bordering Overlook, Humboldt, King and Eliot neighborhoods. The neighborhood’s western border is I-5 and its northern border is N Skidmore St. Boise is a very popular neighborhood for its hip and trendy characteristics. The most well-known street in Boise neighborhood is Mississippi Avenue, which turns from N Albina Ave in Humboldt neighborhood down to Boise neighborhood. It is a very popular street full of locally owned businesses including some of the most popular restaurants, bars, coffee shops, craft stores, book stores, stores that sell weird things (like dead bugs), and so much more on the street level. It is a really fun street just to walk around. It stretches from N Skidmore St all the way down to N Fremont St but it stretches further north of N Skidmore into Humboldt neighborhood. Notable eateries on N Mississippi include Russell Street B-B-Que, Miss Delta, the Spicy Spoon, Wolf & Bear’s, Radar, Gravy, and Por Que No? Taqueria. Also check out Strombreaker Brewing and Ecliptic Brewing for a cool hangout spot with craft beer.

Another popular street in Boise neighborhood is North Williams Ave where Tasty n Sons is located, an exceptional brunch restaurant. Also check out Life of Pie Pizza on N. Williams. North Williams is an interesting street where the western part of the street is residential and the eastern part is all business in hip and trendy looking buildings.

So what is it like for residents in Boise neighborhood? This neighborhood has gone through a major change in the last 15 years. It used to not be so nice and there was only a few businesses on N Mississippi. City of Portland funded a massive revitalization project by creating the Mississippi Historic District Target Area to improve all aspects of the neighborhood. The resulting effect was successful that the neighborhood became one of the most popular spots in Portland, but also experienced a growing pain through gentrification. As of today, it is very expensive to live there due to the obvious desirability of the neighborhood, which is also very close to Downtown Portland.

A lot of people wonder how Boise neighborhood got its name and whether it has anything to do with Boise, Idaho. It doesn’t. It was named after Reuben Patrick Boise, who was an attorney / politician in the Oregon Territory in the early years of the state of Oregon. Mr. Boise migrated to Oregon in 1850, where he served as the Chief Justice of the Oregon Supreme Court for 16 years.

Neighborhood Data for Boise, Portland, OR

Walkability Score  69 Minutes by Car to Downtown Portland 9 min
Population  3,537 Population Density (per sq. mi.) 10,196
Median Age 33 Home Ownership % 39%
Parks (% of Neighborhood)  2% % of Homes within 1/2 Mile of Parks 97%
Average Commute Time  23 min % Commuters by Public Transit 15%
% of Commuters by Bike 17% % of Commuters by Walking 5%
Number of Transit Lines 1 Number of Bus Lines 6

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