Brooklyn Neighborhood, Portland, OR

Brooklyn is a neighborhood in Southeast Portland bordering Hosford-Abernethy to the north, Creston-Kenilworth and Reed to the east, Sellwood-Moreland to the south and the Willamette River to the west. It is south of Highway 26, which is SE Powell Blvd and lies along SE McLoughlin Blvd on its western border. The neighborhood goes as far east as SE 26th Ave. Brooklyn is just a bridge across from South Waterfront and Homestead by Ross Island Bridge. In between is the Willamette River and Ross Island, which is a unique island formation of 400 acres in the middle of the river. The island is owned by Ross Island Sand and Gravel and includes a natural area used by at least 50 species of birds including ospreys, eagles, and herons. It is not for any residential purposes.

Brooklyn is a great location that is very close to Downtown Portland, OHSU, and PSU. The neighborhood is also surrounded by some of Portland’s most hip and popular neighborhoods. Despite its inner location abutting the river, Brooklyn feels very family-friendly and safe. It is also one of the oldest neighborhoods in Portland with lots of characters including charming older houses, lush green spaces, and independently owned businesses. The neighborhood is regarded as among Southeast Portland’s most desirable neighborhoods. Eastbank Esplanade allowed the neighborhood to regain its connection to the Willamette River, and the opening of the MAX Orange Line in September 2015 provided an easy access to downtown.

Brooklyn neighborhood used to be a poor neighborhood in the 60s but has turned around completely by the 80s. The neighborhood has dealt with many threatening urban issues including being taken over by junkyards, parking lots and many undesirable businesses. The most notable issue that the neighborhood had to stand up against in the late 1960s and early 1970s was the Mt. Hood Freeway Project, which would have required the destruction of 1,750 Portland homes and one percent of the Portland housing stock. Brooklyn and many other Portland neighborhoods came together revolting the project, which eventually led to the cancellation of the project. You cannot fight these issues unless residents in the neighborhood are involved and come together. The neighborhood also reduced crime substantially from the past days with its great police force, making this a very safe place today. Today the neighborhood is dealing with reducing train noise as there is a large railroad area in the neighborhood.

In Brooklyn neighborhood, you can enjoy Powell City Park, and Brooklyn City Park. Another point of interest is Aladdin Theater, which is a neighborhood landmark since 1920. It used to be a movie theater but now it’s a live music & comedy club in a cozy auditorium. There is also a popular hangout spot nearby called Bushwhacker Cider, offering a variety of draft and bottled beers.

Neighborhood Data for Brooklyn, Portland, OR

Walkability Score  36 Minutes by Car to Downtown Portland 10 min
Population 3,738 Population Density (per sq. mi.) 9,290
Median Age 36 Home Ownership % 46%
Parks (% of Neighborhood)  4% % of Homes within 1/2 Mile of Parks 100%
Average Commute Time 25 min % Commuters by Public Transit 13%
% of Commuters by Bike 11% % of Commuters by Walking 6%
Number of Transit Lines  0 Number of Bus Lines 10

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