St. Johns

Neighborhood Spotlight on St. Johns

St. Johns might be a Portland neighborhood on paper, but to our friends on the peninsula, it’s really a town of its own. Located deep in the “fifth quadrant,” St. Johns hasn’t lost the blue-collar identity it gained as a hub for lumber and manufacturing jobs in the early 1900s. Dive bars like Slim’s are […]

/ May 9, 2019


How Gentrification is Changing St. Johns

📸: Phil Desveaux “What population(s) originally lived in St. Johns, and are those communities suffering now as a result of gentrification?” —Leah Drew That’s the winning question from our latest PDXplained voting round. Here’s what we learned, starting from the very beginning: The area now known as St. Johns was originally inhabited by members of […]

/ May 7, 2019


A Bridge and its Park

The St. Johns Bridge is one of the most iconic bridges in Portland, but the area below it has its own history. It was home to Native American tribal grounds and a Lewis and Clark landing site before it became Cathedral Park. For decades, it housed junkyards and factories. But “honorary mayor” Howard Galbraith and […]

/ May 2, 2019


Meet the Three Abdis Who Run St. Johns

Next time you head to St. Johns to watch Blue Collar Wrestling or grab lunch at Mama San Soul Shack, keep an eye out for the Abdis. Abdinasir Hussein is a junior at Roosevelt High School and one of the best distance runners in the state, and his younger brothers Abdiaziz and Abdirizack are hot […]

/ April 19, 2019


The Place in Portland Where Pro Wrestling Is Still Going Strong

THE NEIGHBORHOOD: St. Johns / Portsmouth THE PLACE: The North Portland Eagles Lodge hosts Blue Collar Wrestling every Sunday night, and for just $10, you can snag a seat to watch the action. Blue Collar Wrestling is now eight years old, and its marquee matches have featured WWE stars like Roddy Piper and The Honky Tonk […]

/ April 10, 2019


PDXplained: What Do You Want to Know about St. Johns?

In our next installment of PDXplained, we’re exploring Portland’s St. Johns neighborhood.

/ April 3, 2019


The St. Johns Restaurant Where East Meets South

THE NEIGHBORHOOD: St. Johns THE PLACE: Fusion cuisine reigns among Portland’s foodie culture. But there’s only one place in St. Johns you can eat southern collard greens and korean kimchi harmoniously: Mama San Soul Shack. St. Johns has been historically lower income and more ethnically diverse than other parts of Portland. Mama San Soul Shack […]

/ April 3, 2019