At the heart of Portland’s urban core is downtown Portland. Extending west from the Willamette River to Interstate 405 and south from Burnside Street to south of the Portland State University campus, the downtown area offers an enticing mix of upscale retail, eclectic boutiques, a wide range of dining options, cultural offerings, and more. Nine bridges enter into downtown from various quadrants of the city, earning Portland the nickname “Bridgetown.” At the heart of downtown is Pioneer Square, often referred to as Portland’s “Living Room,” a 40,000 square foot “free space” that often is host to concerts and events.
Developers are taking advantage of the fact that downtown building ordinances allow structures up to 300 feet, and as a result, the majority of housing in downtown Portland is apartments and condos. The population as of 2016 was 10, 836.
Downtown Portland Attractions
Downtown is home to a number of attractions that reflect the unique spirit of Portland. Tom McCall Waterfront Park, which extends from Naito Parkway between SW Harrison Street and NW Glisan St., offers a buffer between the city and the river with walking and biking trails and plenty of green space. One of Portland’s most photographed features is located a few blocks away: the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, more commonly known as “The Schnitz.” Artists representing a variety of musical tastes frequent the Schnitz, while the Keller Auditorium, located several blocks away, hosts stage performances such as the Oregon Ballet or Broadway Across America.
The dining scene in downtown Portland is an attraction in its own right, with restaurants such as Grassa, Tasty & Alder, and Lardo becoming local favorites. Departure Restaurant and Lounge, located near Pioneer Square, offers a sleek, modern rooftop bar and a restaurant with stunning views of the Portland skyline. Another popular “high-end” dining destination is Portland City Grill, located on the 30th floor of the US Bancorp Tower.
The downtown area is easily walkable with a number of amenities within walking distance or just a quick drive (or bus ride!) away.
Zip Code: 97205
Daily errands do not require a car
World-class public transportation
Daily errands can be accomplished on a bike