Throughout the city's history, Northwest Portland has undergone constant change. The neighborhood has hosted a world’s fair, drawn crowds to the city’s first professional baseball stadium and served as the point of entry to Forest Park. And over that time, Northwest Portland has become one of the most densely populated residential areas in Oregon, as each generation added a new layer of architecture alongside the buildings of the past.
As we look to the future of Northwest Portland, the neighborhood’s northern section (from NW Vaughn to Nicolai) offers an opportunity to redevelop more than 45 acres and support the return of the streetcar, helping to restore activity to an area of the city that was once buzzing with culture and commerce.
With proper planning, Northwest Portland has the potential to welcome new employment opportunities, new industrial uses, new housing (including both market-rate and subsidized affordable units), and new transportation investments and technologies that improve safety and access for local residents and industrial businesses.
In December 2018 the Federal Transit Administration approved a land use planning grant to further explore this expansion. Click here for more information on that work and how to get involved.