One of Portland’s most vibrant neighborhoods, Oldtown and Chinatown are known for rich history, cultural diversity, and exciting atmosphere. As of 2016, the population was approximately 3,200 people.
Oldtown, Portland’s “original urban core,” was originally occupied by Japanese and Chinese immigrants who found refuge in the area after Portland was incorporated as a city in 1851. Over the next century, the area would become home to immigrants from a number of countries, including Irish, German, African American, Greeks, Scandanavians, and more. These and other Portland pioneers helped to transform Portland into one of the commercial hubs of the West. Today, Portland Skidmore/Old Town Historic District are on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Old Town Chinatown neighborhood is nestled between the Pearl District and downtown Portland, giving it an urban feel. The majority of residents live in renovated apartments or loft-style condominiums. The average home was built in 1942.
Old Town Chinatown Attractions
The Old Town Chinatown Neighborhood is home to a number of historic attractions. The Skidmore Fountain was dedicated in 1822 in memory of Stephen G. Skidmore, and is Portland’s oldest piece of public art. It was designated a Portland Historic Landmark in 2005. The Shanghai Tunnels are another popular Portland attraction. Supposedly haunted, the tunnels have been featured on a number of popular television shows, including “Leverage” and “Grimm.”
The Lan Su Chinese Gardens are a popular destination in Old Town Chinatown, offering a serene and peaceful oasis in the heart of the city. The Chinese Gardens were built by Suzhou artists and take up an entire block of the neighborhood.
The Portland Saturday Market is the largest continually operated outdoor market in the United States, taking place each weekend from March to Christmas Eve. Hundreds of local vendors offer handmade goods at the market, setting up shop on SW Naito Parkway.
Zip Code: 97209
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