Neighborhoods

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


A 108-Year-Old Fraternity Lives On at the Kenton Masonic Temple

The Kenton Masonic Temple in North Portland is either the home of a clandestine fraternity that secretly runs the world, or it’s a good place to get a haircut. It just depends who you ask. The historic building was renovated in 2011, and it now doubles as the home for Bart’s Barbershop, Kenton Cycle Repair, […]

/ June 25, 2019


What Are Your Questions About Portland’s Kenton Neighborhood?

(📸: Whitney Gomes) Our latest neighborhood spotlight series is all about Kenton, and so far we’ve introduced you to the tallest (mythical) man in Portland and learned what really goes down at a historic Masonic temple.  So what’s next? Send us your silly, serious, wonky, or curious questions about the Kenton neighborhood, and we’ll pick three […]

/ June 24, 2019


A Portland Icon Is Turning 60 — And He’s Never Looked Better

It’s hard to imagine North Portland without a 31-foot Paul Bunyan statue keeping watch, but three years ago the big fella’s future in Kenton seemed pretty uncertain. With his paint job peeling and becoming faded, Paul’s local boosters estimated they would need to raise more than $60,000 to do a proper renovation. The Kenton Neighborhood […]

/ June 18, 2019


The Leaky Roof Satisfies Any Comfort Food Craving

Chicken and waffles, shepherd’s pie, or meatloaf? Whatever comfort food you fancy, you can find it all under one roof. And no, it doesn’t actually leak. Violet Asanovich opened The Leaky Roof over 70 years ago in 1947. The gastro pub started off as a “diner cart” in the Goose Hollow neighborhood, but has since […]

/ May 28, 2019


Why Bud Clark is so Special to Goose Hollow

It’s hard to love a mayor more than Portlanders love Ted Wheeler, but our city sure gave it a good run with Bud Clark. Bud opened the Goose Hollow Inn in 1967, and with the help of tavern regulars and neighborhood activists, he won Portland’s 1984 mayoral race in an upset that almost no one […]

/ May 24, 2019


Meet the Man Behind the @Portland Instagram

Marcus Harvey is a Portland-born, Nike-loving, Oregon Duck alum with his own apparel brand that celebrates Portland pride. “I loved the Blazers and Timbers, but the logos weren’t ‘Portland’ enough for me,” Marcus said, “so I just came up with Portland Gear.” He also created the @Portland Instagram handle, which now has over 335,000 followers. […]

/ May 20, 2019