South Portland Neighborhood, Portland, OR

South Portland is a neighborhood along Willamette River south of Downtown Portland starting from immediately below Portland State University. Prior to 2006, South Portland used to be called Corbett-Terwilliger-Lair Hill or CTLH. However, in September 6, 2006, it changed its name at its neighborhood association to “South Portland” to include ever developing South Waterfront and John’s Landing.

South Portland features two iconic features of Portland: OHSU aerial tram and Gibbs Street Pedestrian Bridge. The tram transports a lot of people up and down from and to OHSU and the Portland VA medical Center. It’s really not a bad way to commute if you live in South Waterfront and commute to Homestead or vice versa as a medical professional.

Gibbs St. Pedestrian Bridge

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Portland Aerial Tram

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South Waterfront, South Portland

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South Portland’s Five Unique Sub-neighborhoods

South Waterfront – The northeastern part of the neighborhood is the site of a large-scale, high-density district also called “Little Dubai”. It is where OHSU expanded its campus along the river when the rooms ran out on top of the Homestead main campus. The Portland Aerial Tram links the district to the OHSU’s main campus in Homestead across Interstate 5.

Lair Hill – This is in the northwestern part of South Portland, bordered by I-405 on the north, SW Barbur Blvd. on the south and west, and SW Naito Parkway on the east. It is named after a person, not a hill: the lawyer, author, and editor William Lair Hill. This area was part of historical South Portland, a district of Italian, Irish, and Jewish immigrants much of which was demolished by an “urban renewal” project in 1958. Vestiges remain in the form of synagogues and ethnic shops.

Corbett – The Corbett area (and SW Corbett St. running north-south through the entire neighborhood) takes its name from Senator Henry Winslow Corbett. It lies south of Lair Hill, bounded by I-405 on the north, SW Naito Parkway on the west, SW Macadam Ave. on the east. Its southern boundary is marked by the SW Corbett St. bridge over I-5. (This area of Portland should not be confused with the unincorporated community of Corbett, Oregon in eastern Multnomah County.)

Terwilliger – Terwilliger lies south of Corbett, between SW Barbur Blvd. and SW Macadam Ave, straddling Terwilliger Boulevard. The area takes its name from the old Terwilliger Park subdivision, served by the Terwil station on the Oregon Electric Railway.

John’s Landing – John’s Landing is located in Southwest Portland near the Willamette River  and the Sellwood bridge. Two main roads run through the neighborhood, those are Corbett and Macadam Avenues. I-5 surrounds the district on one side as well as the Willamette river on the opposite side, creating about ten blocks of width and three miles of length.

Neighborhood Data for South Portland, Portland, OR

Walkability Score  38 Minutes by Car to Downtown Portland 9 min
Population  8,741 Population Density (per sq. mi.) 5,870
Median Age 34 Home Ownership % 42%
Parks (% of Neighborhood)  6% % of Homes within 1/2 Mile of Parks 84%
Average Commute Time 26 min % Commuters by Public Transit 10%
% of Commuters by Bike 8% % of Commuters by Walking 3%
Number of Transit Lines 1 Number of Bus Lines 20

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