With North Lombard Street as the southern border and I-5 to the east, the Kenton neighborhood in North Portland has easy access to the rest of the city. Besides the easy access to the freeway, the yellow max line and many designated bike lanes make transportation to other parts of the city reasonable.
Stretching almost 4 square miles over 8,000 people call Kenton home. The population here is small enough to provide a homey community vibe.
It is hard to talk about the Kenton neighborhood without talking about the neighborhood’s 31-foot-tall Paul Bunyan statue located on North Interstate and North Denver. This statue dates back to the Oregon Centennial celebrations in 1959 and welcomes people into the neighborhood to this day.
Denver Street is the heart of the neighborhood. It has transformed over the years back into a thriving commercial district that it once was in its heyday. Today, you can relax at one of the local restaurants or bars that have outdoor seating or browse though local vintage stores. This area is still growing and Denver street with it’s shops, library, restaurants and bars is leading the way.
Summertime really brings this neighborhood to life. The weekly farmers market throughout the summer is filled with locals picking up produce. Every month, Kenton Third Thursdays bring energy to the neighborhood, as shops, restaurants, and galleries combine with local artists and musicians in a neighborhood celebration.
Also, the Kenton Station opens up its basement for underground tours filled with ghost stories and historical neighborhood information. Concerts in the park at Columbia Annex park is another local event that is perfect for those warm summer nights.
Like most of Portland, Kenton has plenty to keep its residents busy and keep them feeling connected through their of the community.
Kenton Zip Code: 97217
Some errands can be accomplished on foot
Many nearby public transportation options
Biking is convenient for most trips