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Portland Neighborhood Tour - St. Johns

Previous Portland Neighborhood Tours…
Sellwood/Westmoreland///Hosford-Abernethy///Irvington
Goose Hollow///Buckman///Multnomah Village


St. Johns is a neighborhood in North Portland, at the tip of the peninsula formed by the Columbia and Willamette Rivers. It was a separate city from its founding in the mid 1800s until it was annexed by Portland in 1915.

It is connected to the west side of Portland by the St. Johns Bridge across the Willamette. The bridge actually touches down in the Cathedral Park neighborhood. There doesn’t seem to be much of a distinction between the Cathedral Park and St. Johns neighborhoods, aside from neighborhood association boundaries, so I included both hoods in this thread (in fact, the neighborhood now known as Cathedral Park was a part of the city of St. Johns before the 1915 annex).

Housing in the neighborhood is mostly single-family (and not all that attractive - though there are some exceptions), with some condos and apartments. Lombard St. is the main street through the center of St. Johns and is lined with retail for several blocks. A large portion of the land area in the neighborhood - basically the entire western half - is industrial (shipping terminals, etc). I didn’t take any pics in that area – it was either not interesting enough to photograph or had gated access… or both.

There are four large parks here – Cathedral Park surrounding the St. Johns Bridge landing, Kelley Point Park at the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia, Pier Park, and Smith and Bybee Lakes Wildlife Sanctuary.

Here’s a map showing the proximity to downtown (St. Johns is in green, downtown in red). It looks like huge compared to the size of downtown, but the industrial and Smith & Bybee Lakes portions account for most of the land area.




I’ll start with my favorite bridge in the Portland area – the St. Johns Bridge. This is looking toward St. Johns/Cathedral Park. The rainbow looked a lot brighter two minutes before I took this pic, but I had nowhere to stop my car to photograph it.




These pics are from the St. Johns side of the river. The tree-covered hills on the other side are part of Forest Park.










I walked out on the bridge a bit to take a couple pics… I was planning to walk all the way to the middle of the bridge, but I’m not real good with heights, and there is no guardrail between the 4’ wide sidewalk and the traffic… oh well.


You can see downtown Portland in the distance


Houses in the Cathedral Park neighborhood.




Tallest building in Cathedral Park/St. Johns






Do you really need all that water?


Guess I couldn’t stop taking pics of the bridge!














One more bridge photo…


The rail line separating St. Johns from University Park, the neighborhood to the east.




Shops along Lombard St., “Downtown St. Johns.” The sidewalks don’t look too busy in these photos, but there were plenty of people walking around, especially when it was sunny.












There’s a small plaza at the center of the Lombard St. strip


















There seemed to be a fairly significant Mexican population here, especially by Portland standards, although I checked stats for the neighborhood online and saw only about a 15% Hispanic population in 2000.












The Library










Pretty impressive looking high school


Houses in the interior of the hood.








































Pier Park. This is one of my favorite parks in the city (so far anyway). The trees are beautiful, and it was very quiet, at least when I walked through. Thanks to Portland forumer cab for the mention of this park in the last thread I did.




“He frolfs – he scores!” I saw several people playing Frisbee-golf – looked like a tough course!




Kelley Point Park. That’s the Columbia River.


The Willamette is on the left; the Columbia is on the right (kind of).


Hope you enjoyed the tour.
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Old Posted Feb 26, 2008, 5:41 PM
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yup.

The commercial area seems seems to have plenty of cute independent shops. The picture of the bridge with rainbow is nice!
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Looks like where The Goonies lived.
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Another excellent tour, ForAteOh!

It took me two years of living in PDX before I finally ventured up to St. Johns, and I'm sorry I waited so long. It is pretty far out there, though... By our Portland standards.

I heard St. Johns was established before Portland. It seems like a better place to settle than Portland's downtown, since it's on both rivers rather than just the Willamette. Dunno...
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Bravo! what can we look forward to next???
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Thanks everybody. ^ next up will most likely be Mississippi (aka Boise).
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Mississippi wouldn't have been a very photogenic place for a nice neighborhood tour until about a year ago. A before/after set, now that would be interesting.

The St. Johns Bridge was kind of a boondoggle when it was built--it's pretty much a bridge to nowhere and was built in hard economic times--but we're glad to have it now. It's obvious why the park at the base is called Cathedral Park.

The housing in the interior of St. Johns looks pretty much exactly the same as the housing in most of the rest of Portland east of the Willamette and west of 82nd.
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Such a nice place, but you forgot the apostrophe.

Loved this. Nice dreamlike quality out of the light flaring.
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Wow, amazing thread. Portland looks amazing. I want to get there someday so badly.
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Your neighborhood tours are awesome, keep it up!
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next up will most likely be Mississippi (aka Boise).
You should conclude that one with a stop at Amnesia Brewing (832 N. Beech St.) I liked that place. What they lack in style, they make up for in substance.

Another excellent tour by the way. Thanks.
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I loved venturing to St. Johns back in my Portland days. Have not been in awhile. Nice to see it again.
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Love those bridge / rainbow shots! That's a beautiful bridge that not many Portlanders see too often. Thanks!
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It's a neighborhood I loved (and delivered pizzas in at one point) when I lived on the bluff in No-Po and went to U. of P. That record store rocks, and there are some really cool "trash" stores in St. John's. That part of town more than most others makes me feel like I've gone back in time to Portland in the 50s. Thanks for taking me back.
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very nice shots. Looks like a very economic and diverse neighborhood.
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