Downtown Portland Neighborhood

Oak & SW 1st Max StationDowntown Portland is the city center of Portland, OR. This is hardly a neighborhood but is the city itself.  This is where jobs, businesses, restaurants, shopping, and entertainment exist within one square mile with the most amount of traffic.  All the public transportation system all eventually leads to downtown Portland and hundreds of thousand people rush in and out of the city five days a week.  Downtown Portland is a very neat downtown.  It is cleaner than most other downtown in other cities and the public transportation system is very well planned.  Since 1990, Downtown Portland has been leading with the most amount of urban development as the city has been focusing on revitalizing and growth.  As a matter of fact, many efforts since the 90’s have been made to make Downtown Portland more attractive.  Before that, it was a ghost down where people only came here to work and disappear in the evening.  The revitalization efforts include creation of a downtown transit mall in 1977, a new waterfront park in 1978 (later named after Governor Tom McCall) in place of a freeway, the creation of the Pioneer Courthouse Square in 1984, the opening of the Portland–Gresham light rail line in 1986, and the opening of Pioneer Place mall in 1990 that successfully drew or retained businesses and lured customers.

As of 2014, 9,737 people live in Downtown Portland.  People that live here are younger with a median age of 36 that are renting near work.  18% of people own their condominium in Downtown Portland as more residential development projects have been taking place.  Living in downtown certainly offers many benefits for people with a certain lifestyle including walking to work, walking to Pioneer Place mall, food carts, bars, and restaurants.  There are lots of attractive condos in downtown.  Many of them are along the waterfront area with a gorgeous view of Willamette River and the city center.

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Neighborhood Data for Downtown Portland, OR

Walkability Score  73 Minutes by Car to Downtown Portland 2 min
Population 9,737 Population Density (per sq. mi.) 12,818
Median Age 36 Home Ownership % 18%
Parks (% of Neighborhood)  7% % of Homes within 1/2 Mile of Parks 100%
Average Commute Time 24 min % Commuters by Public Transit 22%
% of Commuters by Bike 3% % of Commuters by Walking 37%
Number of Transit Lines 3 Number of Bus Lines 33

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