Neighborhoods

How Love Belizean Leaped from Food Cart to Restaurant

Earlier this week, we highlighted food critic Kevin Alexander’s argument that the “golden age of food” in America started right here in Portland — and a few of you raised skeptical eyebrows at us. So to help build the case, we’d like to take a moment to present Exhibit B… for Belizean. Love Belizean started […]

/ August 20, 2019


The Inclusive “Living Room” for East Portlanders

Gateway Discovery Park celebrated its grand opening almost exactly a year ago, making it only the second park in Portland that’s accessible to kiddos of all physical abilities. Portland Parks & Recreation calls it a “living room” that serves the Gateway district and surrounding neighborhoods. Before its construction, nearly 1,000 new households lacked access to […]

/ August 5, 2019


No, Portland’s Neighborhood Associations Aren’t Going Away — And They Might Not Even Change

A proposed revision to the City of Portland’s civic code is either a bureaucratic tweak to bring more voices to the table, or it’s a Machiavellian power grab to silence critics and stifle democracy. It just depends who you ask.  Confused?  You’re not alone. The messaging from City Hall has been inconsistent at times, and […]

/ July 30, 2019


What Do You Want to Know About Portland’s Hazelwood Neighborhood?

Our latest neighborhood spotlight series is all about Hazelwood, and so far we’ve introduced you to an experimental brewery, a “hidden gem” Indian restaurant, and a rock-star dance instructor. So what’s next? Vote for the question below that you’d like us to dig into, and and keep an eye on the newsletter for updates on […]

/ July 26, 2019


How Hip Hop Soulsation Academy Advanced to the World Dance Championship

The competition dance team from Hip Houl Soulsation Academy has won a “golden ticket” this summer — but they might need a little help to redeem it. At their last competition, the local teens earned a chance to represent Oregon at the World Dance Championships in New Jersey. Now the challenge is getting there. The […]

/ July 25, 2019


Why East Portland’s Namaste Bazaar is a ‘Hidden Gem’ for Indian Food

If you want to experience the true melting pot of Portland, drop by the Namaste Bazaar in Hazelwood around lunchtime. The Indian restaurant and grocery store has become a favorite meeting spot for local immigrant communities, from Sri Lankans to Tongans to Samoans. And more than a few Yelpers have described it as a “hidden […]

/ July 24, 2019


PDXplained: What We Learned About the Old ‘Comfy Inn’ in Kenton

Apartment construction is nothing new to North Portland (ICYMI, they’re going up everywhere), but the Kenton Korner development on N. Interstate Ave. has quite a story behind it.  My sleuthing into that site began with a PDXplained question from reader Teresa Hill, who asked: “What’s going on with the old motel that’s being remodeled next […]

/ July 22, 2019


Von Ebert Brewing Expands to East Portland

Most beer lovers have heard of the main Von Ebert location in the Pearl, but the brewery also has a lesser-known outpost in Hazelwood — one of Portland’s largest neighborhoods. Owner Tom Cook named Von Ebert after his grandma Ebert, the matriarch who brought his family to the U.S. from Germany in the early 1900s. […]

/ July 22, 2019


Little Red Press Wears Kenton Pride

Is Kenton the proudest neighborhood in Portland? It’s hard to say no after meeting sisters Lisa and Kerry McPherson. Lisa and Kerry started the screen-printing company Little Red Press in Lisa’s garage 12 years ago, and their Kenton-themed merch now seems to pop up everywhere around town. “There’s something special about Kenton,” Lisa says. “We […]

/ July 17, 2019


Swift and Union Pays Homage to ‘Cow Town’ Kenton

Portland is considered one of the most vegan-friendly cities in the U.S., but once upon a time, the area now known as Kenton was actually a company town built around meat. Today, the legacy of the Union Meat Company — which was purchased by Swift and Company in 1906 — lives on at a popular […]

/ July 1, 2019