The Woodlawn neighborhood in Northeast Portland has built a reputation as one of Portland’s hidden gems. Over the past few years, the area has gone through a revitalization of sorts, but has retained its unique charm and character as one of Portland’s most diverse neighborhoods. The population as 2016 was 5,202.
The history of Woodlawn is greatly impacted by the development of Portland over the last century. It was originally a farming community near a neighborhood slated solely for residential areas. As such, the neighborhood developed into a commercial hub for the area. When the bridge connecting Portland and Vancouver was built, Woodlawn felt the impact as residents suddenly had more and more shopping and transportation options. A period of relative decline followed, until a city initiative to revitalize the area brought in new investors and businesses.
The Firehouse is one of the more popular spots in Woodlawn. It is located in what used to be a fire station—Old Firehouse 29. After the building was decommissioned, it was transformed into a Salvation Army location, then a business for illegitimate goods, and finally became the restaurant in 2008.
The Oregon Public House is an innovative new project that captures the entrepreneurial spirit of the Woodlawn neighborhood. Dubbing itself the “world’s first non-profit pub,” Oregon Public House donates its profits after operating expenses and contingency savings to local non-profit organizations.
Other popular locations are Good Neighbor Pizzeria, Café Alchemy, and Breakside Brewery.
Woodlawn is also located near several major traffic thoroughfares NE MLK Boulevard and I-5. Woodlawn is also well-serviced by public transportation.
Woodlawn Park includes a play area, basketball court, walking paths, picnic tables, a playground, soccer field, softball field, splash pad, and outdoor stage. It is 7.5 acres, giving Woodlawn residents plenty of space to enjoy outdoor activities.
Zip Code: 97211
Most errands can be accomplished on foot
Many nearby public transportation options
Biking is convenient for most trips