The Boise neighborhood is one of Portland’s most unique and quickly growing neighborhoods with an interesting history. In the 1880’s, the neighborhood was known as one of the most fashionable regions in the city. With the invention of the automobile in the 1930’s came the rising popularity of the suburbs. The once affluent families who chose to make a home in the Boise neighborhood were instead flocking to other neighborhoods. As a result, the commercial interests in Boise detereriorated.
In 1961, the neighborhood was the subject of an urban development project designed to revitalize the area. Unfortunately several government projects in the area also destroyed aspects of the neighborhood’s heritage. As a result, neighborhood revitalization efforts were adapted to involve citizens and maintain some of the most unique aspects of the neighborhood.
Today, the Boise neighborhood is home to one of the more popular commercial streets in Portland: Mississippi Avenue.
Mississippi Avenue is a quirky-cool mix of shops, dining, and bars. Shops have made appearances on the popular television show “Portlandia,” which portrays the area as a hipster haven and one of the more diverse neighborhoods in the city. The John Palmer House is one of the oldest Victorian buildings on the street and has been converted into a private event space. Sunlan, a lighting shop, is known for much-admired window displays. Mr. Green Beans sells everything needed to brew a great cup of coffee. Paxton Gate is perhaps one of the more eccentric stops; it markets itself as a “natural-history emporium” and sells an interesting assortment of natural history-themed gifts. Gravy or Prost are good options for a fun dining experience, as well as the local pizza parlor Mississippi Pizza.
While there is no supermarket directly in the Boise neighborhood, it is situated with easy access to a number of amenities.
Zip Code: 97227
Daily errands do not require a car
Many nearby public transportation options
Daily errands can be accomplished on a bike