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Old Posted Mar 19, 2008, 3:59 AM
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Portland Neighborhood Tour - CTLH

Previous Portland Neighborhood Tours…
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CTLH stands for Corbett-Terwilliger-Lair Hill. It is a collection of neighborhoods just south of downtown Portland that are grouped together under one neighborhood association (as I’ve mentioned in previous threads, I’m using City of Portland Neighborhood Association boundaries for these tours). In addition to the neighborhoods listed in the acronym “CTLH,” this area also includes the Johns Landing, Fulton, and South Waterfront neighborhoods, the last of which is a new high-rise district built on a former brownfield (you can skip to the end of this thread if you’re only interested in shiny new highrises ).

More generally, for this thread, I’ll divide the CTLH neighborhood into three separate areas:
Corbett/LairHill - north and west of Interstate 5;
South Waterfront - between I-5 and the Willamette River, north of Bancroft St.;
Terwilliger/John’s Landing/Fulton - south of South Waterfront and between I-5 and the river.

These areas are pretty well cut off from each other by the freeway. For example, though Corbett and South Waterfront are directly across I-5 from one another, it is quite difficult to get between the two on foot or on bike.

Here’s a map. (Cor. = Corbett, SoWa = South Waterfront, Terw. = Terwilliger, J.L. = John’s Landing. I’m not totally clear on the boundaries for John’s Landing vs. Fulton vs. Terwilliger, but that part of the hood is south of the diagonal portion of I-5…

The Corbett/Lair Hill part of the neighborhood is mostly residential. The “South Portland Historic District” is located here (though I didn’t see any signs indicating it – I found out about it online), and consists of many homes dating from the late 1800s and early 1900s. It’s probably the highest concentration of Victorian style homes of any Portland neighborhood I’ve seen. There’s not much retail in the area, and only a few small apartment buildings. It’s a hilly part of town (though I read that Lair Hill is actually not the name of a hill, but was named after lawyer/author William Lair Hill).

The aerial tram from South Waterfront to Oregon Health & Science University passes over the neighborhood.

OHSU up on the hill in the background

Mt. Hood in the distance…

Pedestrian underpass under Naito Pkwy., apparently built in an era when small, poorly lit tunnels were not considered a safety issue (actually, it’s not a dangerous area at all, and I didn’t have any reservations about using the tunnel).

Interesting name for a park…

The Terwilliger/John’s Landing/Fulton neighborhoods have a mixture of residential and commercial zoning, with most of the offices and retail located along Macadam Ave. This area seems a lot less historic, and some of it appears suburban, but there are some new townhome rows here and there (not terribly interesting, though). I didn’t spend too much time in this part of the neighborhood, so not too many photos…

Willamette Park is also in this part of the neighborhood on the banks of the river. It seemed like a really nice park, but it was pouring on the day I went there, so I didn’t get any pics.

These two were taken at the far southern end of the neighborhood looking north. The high-rises in the background are in South Waterfront.

South Waterfront is the most urban of these neighborhoods in terms of zoning. It’s pretty interesting watching a completely new high-density neighborhood being built from the ground up. Despite the growing density, it still lacks the vibrant street life of the Pearl District. I suspect that this will change as more retail opens and more buildings are built. Buildings in the district do a pretty good job of interacting with the sidewalk. There is retail, or space for retail on the ground level of most, and the blocks in the neighborhood are similar to Portland’s downtown or Pearl District grid – short, walkable, with no more than two traffic lanes per street.

More to come…

Ross Island Bridge – it doesn’t go to Ross Island, which is inaccessible to the public. The bridge crosses the Willamette just north of the island. The high-rise buildings in the background are the Lloyd District.

The Portland Streetcar has its southern terminus here. There is talk of extending it south to Lake Oswego, a southern suburb, using the existing tracks for the Willamette Shore Trolley, a tourist-oriented historic trolley line.

And what tour of CTLH (and South Waterfront in particular) would be complete without the aerial tram? The tram carries people from Oregon Health & Science University’s office building up the hill to OHSU’s hospital (anyone can ride, it’s not limited to OHSU employees or patients). The views of downtown and the Willamette River are spectacular – way too good for my camera.

From the tram (sorry about the glare, the sun was on the wrong side on the way up). This is looking down at the Corbett & Lair Hill sections of CTLH…

At the top looking down at South Waterfront with Corbett and Lair Hill in the foreground

That’s the Marquam bridge carrying Interstate 5 over the Willamette. The yellow & blue tent to the right of the bridge is for Cirque du Soleil.

Downtown Portland

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Old Posted Mar 19, 2008, 4:10 AM
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That is one beautiful tram. That South Waterfront development is very reminiscent of Chicago's Lakeshore East.
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Old Posted Mar 19, 2008, 4:23 AM
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Very enjoyable tour of SW P-town. I am such an "eastside" guy that I admit that I have turned up my nose to southwest Portland deeming it far too bourgeois for my taste but I have actually come to appreciate that part of town recently. Thanks for confirming my change of heart!
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Old Posted Mar 19, 2008, 4:38 AM
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That bike is still parked there?!

Taken in January:

Portland Bike Bridge traffic:

2009 - 15,749 | 2010 - 17,576 | 2011 - 18,257 | 2012 - 18,794

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Old Posted Mar 19, 2008, 5:10 AM
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-Mt. Hood looks awesome from Portland streets.
-the South Waterfront has decent street level life for a from-scratch hi-rise development.
-Portland has attractive frame housing.
-If the tunnel doesn't get you, the attack cat will.

I endorse this series
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Old Posted Mar 19, 2008, 5:24 AM
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Hey! Thank you for the photos forateoh. I'm proud to call this my neighborhood. You did a great job at catching its loveliness. Thank you much again!
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Old Posted Mar 19, 2008, 6:23 AM
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That overhead tram is trippy. Great stuff.
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Old Posted Mar 19, 2008, 6:38 AM
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what a beautiful neighborhood. Truly a gem. I love Portland a lot. My friend has family that lives there and she is always pressuring me to move there!! I am seriously considering it after all these Portland posts lately.!! Great work.

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Old Posted Mar 19, 2008, 12:58 PM
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Great shots. Some very nice Victorians toward the beginning of the tour and some sleek towers toward the end.
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Old Posted Mar 19, 2008, 4:05 PM
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Nice neighborhoods. I like the houses in the first picture after the neighborhood map and sign.
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Old Posted Mar 19, 2008, 8:35 PM
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Again, thanks for the tour. I am hella-jealous that the trees are budding there. We're about 2 months away here in Boston.
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Old Posted Mar 19, 2008, 11:44 PM
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^ Yeah, it's good to see signs of spring. I didn't know what to expect as far as changing colors on the trees when I moved here from Phoenix, but Fall was really nice, and Spring is looking good, too. Didn't have much of that in Phx, but I remember it as a kid growing up in Connecticut.

Thanks for the comments everyone.
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Old Posted Mar 20, 2008, 4:07 AM
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Man. Just when I thought Portland couldn't get any cooler, you bust out the tram ride. How long of a ride was that (distance wise)? Is it free?

Another excellent set of photos. Thanks.
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Old Posted Mar 20, 2008, 4:12 AM
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^ According to wikipedia it's a 3300 ft. trip. Not free, it's $4 for a round trip (you pay at the bottom only, so if you only ride down I guess it's free ). Not exactly cheap, but the views are great, and I couldn't pass it up for the neighborhood tour!

Edit: I think the tram is free for OHSU students & staff, though.
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Old Posted Mar 20, 2008, 7:51 AM
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^ Plus, since it's part of Tri-Met, they accept monthly and annual public transit passes, plus streetcar-"only" passes...(according to their website; I've yet to ride it--soon, though).
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Portland is a beautiful city. Thanks for the pics.
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Old Posted Mar 20, 2008, 7:41 PM
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Sideshow Bob approves

I love these Portland neighborhood tours. Keep 'em coming!
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Old Posted Mar 21, 2008, 2:13 AM
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really an impressive lot of photos. i always forget the great victorians in lair hill. you also did a fantastic job on the sowa
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Old Posted Mar 21, 2008, 3:35 AM
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Nice...very nice
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Wonderful tour of the old and new side of Portland. Great shots!
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