The Powellhurst-Gilbert neighborhood in East Portland was named for two original settlers in the 1800’s, Jackson Powell and William M. Gilbert. While Portland has grown tremendously in the years since, the neighborhood has retained a sense of its origins with the presence of urban agriculture that still exists in the area, as well as a strong sense of community ownership and a unified desire to improve the neighborhood’s livability for all peopleas attested by current and former residents.
Today, the Powellhurst-Gilbert neighborhood is a diverse and quickly-growing area that is home to 25,104 people (as of 2016), making it one of the larger neighborhoods in Portland. More than half of Powellhurst-Gilbert households have at least one member under the age of 18. Because it is further east from the urban core of Portland, housing prices are generally more affordable.
The Powellhurst-Gilbert neighborhood is located in close proximity to major highways like Foster, Holgate, 122nd, and Division. These roadways provide easy access amenities as well as an avenue for traveling to other parts of the city.
There are numerous parks in and around the neighborhood—Gilbert Heights Park, Raymond Park, Earl Boyles Park, and North Powellhurst Park. There is a community garden located in Earl Boyles Park: the Earl Boyles Community Garden. These are popular spots for community events.
The dining scene in Powellhurst-Gilbert reflects the diversity of the neighborhood. Restaurants and casual eateries representing a number of different cultures and ethnicities can be found in the Powellhurst-Gilbert neighborhood. Local favorites include Ha VL, Salt & Pepper, and Campbell’s Barbecue.
The Portland Memory Garden in the Powellhurst-Gilbert neighborhood was specifically designed for people with Alzheimer’s disease or other memory problems. It is one of eight memory gardens in the United States and one of only two built on public land.
Some errands can be accomplished on foot
A few nearby public transportation options
Some bike infrastructure