The name “Alameda” originates from “Alamo,” the Spanish word for a poplar tree. It’s a fitting name for the Alameda neighborhood, where the streets are lined with trees, single family homes, eateries with a distinctively community feel, and more. Running through the neighborhood is the Alameda Ridge, formed between 13,000 and 15,000 years ago when Lake Missoula collapsed and flooded, creating some of the largest flooding on the planet. Sediment deposits from the water created the ridge, which is about 6 miles long and 100-150 feet tall. Today, large-scale homes are built on the ridge and public stairways maintained by the City of Portland are popular for walking and running through the neighborhood and surrounding neighborhoods.
The population as of 2016 was 5,465 with many single-family style homes. Residents are friendly and community-oriented, and enjoy spending time at local parks, school events, and more.
The Alameda Ridge offers stunning views of the Willamette Valley. The staircases that wind up and down the ridge are popular for exercise. Along the staircases are “Poetry Posts” which allow locals to share poems by their favorite authors. The houses on the ridge feature beautiful gardens and Tudor-style architecture, making this one of Portland’s prettiest areas. In addition to walking the Ridge, Alameda also includes the Pearson Farm walking trail, one of the earliest settlements in the neighborhood.
Nearby NE Fremont offers plenty of dining options and coffee shops, popular with Alameda residents. The Alameda Brewhouse is a popular favorite among locals with award winning drink selections and a friendly atmosphere.
On Alameda’s borders are two parks: Wilshire Park and Grant Park. Wilshire Park includes an area for dogs, a playground, and several sports fields. Grant Park includes a fountain, walking paths, a picnic area, and more.
Zip Code: 97212
Some errands can be accomplished on foot
A few nearby public transportation options
Biking is convenient for most trips