Major freeway ramps
located nearby include I-5 and I-84. Drive over the Fremont, Steel or
Broadway bridges to get downtown or to the Pearl District, and Old
Town/Chinatown in mere minutes. The "MAX" light rail located on
Interstate is only minutes away on foot. Downtown by bicycle is about
neighborhood is one of the most unique and most popular Portland
neighborhoods. Most locals know Boise-Eliot by a few names: Williams
Avenue and Mississippi Avenue. While technically both part of the same
neighborhood proper, these two streets have truly developed their own
unique personality and feel with respect to the independent businesses
that line their streets and the folks who frequent them.
Ave neighborhood has changed
radically in the last 10 years. It is truly unrecognizable: gone are
the barren streets, the dilapidated homes and the drug dealer on the
corner. It has taken a village, but the area is now pretty safe for
all. A great deal of commercial investment has changed the whole face
of the area and while the businesses are largely independent, some of
the local flavor and color has been lost. The new condos seem out of
place here and the apartment prices are sky high. It is a hugely
popular "destination neighborhood" due to the popularity of the bars,
restaurants and retail shops.
The Mississippi Historic
District is decidedly young, urban and hip. The streets are busied with
bike traffic, foot-traffic and buses cruising by every few minutes.
Mississippi has just about everything the average urbanite could ever
want for: nearly a dozen great restaurants, fantastic coffee shops, a
recording studio and live music hall, several bars and pubs and a ton
of retail and boutique shops, all independently owned.
North Mississippi Avenue,
in the Boise neighborhood of North Portland, dashes northward from the
clatter and tangle of the interstates, and upon reaching North Fremont
Street it sheds its nondescript industrial skin and becomes one of the
most popular destinations in the city. It's an area that encourages
gatherings; there are very few people strolling the walk alone. Couples
and families flock to this part of Portland to shop, to eat, to drink
and enjoy each others' company.
It hasn't always been so. Poverty, crime, and violence once marked this
area of town as a place not suitable for any law-abiding soul. It
wasn't until 1999, when the City of Portland embarked on a mission to
improve the neighborhood, that a change began to take place. That
change is still ongoing and the effort has given rise to the spectre of
gentrification, the results of which are not to everyone's taste; the
facades of modern condominiums and business complexes are at odds with
those of shops and eateries that evolved in place. Fortunately those
glassy boxes haven't managed to overshadow the street-wise charm and
the bazaar atmosphere on the sidewalks.
The avenue celebrates art, food, and community in a variety of ways
throughout the year. The event known as 2nd Thursdays features artwork
by local artists in the neighborhood. The Mississippi Street Fair,
held in July each year, gives a healthy boost to businesses and
organizations in the area. Cirque du Cycling,
a bicycle festival and race event, celebrates all things bike and
benefits Albina Youth Opportunity
To hike North Mississippi Avenue, start at the Albina Yard maintenance
building and admire the mural painted as a testament to the
neighborhood's spirit. Then climb the sidewalk to ¿Por
and have a cerveza and one or four of the tasty taco options. Word is
that it's some of the best eating in town. Save room though, because
right up the sidewalk is Mississippi Pizza Pub
& Atlantis Lounge,
where there are hot slices of great pizza (even gluten-free options)
waiting for you, along with live music and a fun time with pub quizzes
and spelling bees for both kids and alleged grown-ups.
Right across the avenue is The ReBuilding Center
of Our United Villages,
a nirvana for those who crave DIY and sustainability. Everything you
need to furnish your house all Earth-friendly-like, or to pluck it
thoughtfully apart for the reuse and recycling of its materials, may be
found there. It's the Portland way.
You might want to trot up to Gumbo Gifts &
because you need a hat. Or something vintage. Maybe some postcards or
coasters or decorative eyewear. You may wander around in there for a
long time. Be warned. If you need an excuse to leave, think about Ruby
a few steps north, where you can glom onto a waffle cone full of some
of the best ice cream you can find in town. Don't you dare lay those
sticky hands on the treasures to be found at Bridge
though. Seriously, people have been beaten for less in a comics shop.
Wash up first.
Need to pick up some salt? Like, from Antarctica? The Meadow
offers that, as well as salts from all over the rest of the
world. And chocolate. And bitters and
syrups. And shrubs. Lots of stuff.
If you're in the mood for delicious small plates, Radar
Restaurant is a great destination for delicious food and
drinks, with friendly service.
Cocktail lovers will enjoy Sidecar 11 and Moloko.
Far from finally (because there are plenty more things to see and do
and eat on the avenue), there's North Portland Bike Works,
one of the highest-rated bike shops in Portland. It's a non-profit,
community-focused shop with new and used bikes and a repair space where
the staff can fix your bike AND teach you to fix it yourself with their
tools and know-how.
North Mississippi Avenue is a “have to” stretch of
the city, for tourists, guests, and citizens alike.
few more standouts on the street are...
Carts on N. Mississippi Avenue -
some of the finest food
cart fare in Portland
a very intimate music venue reported to have the best sound in Portland.
a fabulous pizza and ice cream shop.
- a local bar and hangout...think pinball and a pool table.
- a local brewer with a wonderful outdoor seating area in all weather
home of the massive breakfast. Get there early or wait for an eternity-
you have been warned.
The Fresh Pot
- one of the first stores on the
street and first cafes in the North Portland area.
a wonderful nursery and landscape design store that simply cannot be
missed. They offer many classes on goat raising, chicken keeping,
composting and more.
Others are Miss Delta,
and much more. Take a trip and enjoy this this is a thriving
entrepreneurial district- you won't find a single Starbucks here and
locals will see to it that you don't.
Just a few minutes away, Williams
Avenue offers even more
independent retail and boutiques. Neighborhood favorites are
5Q also known as the Fifth
Quadrant which is a great local
brewery and pub, Eat: an Oyster Bar,
Zuke's Deli. Also here
Tasty n Sons
(the famous little brother of Toro Bravo), HUB - Hopworks Urban Bike
Ink & Peat, Lodekka Dress Shop
Community College is a major
presence in the Boise and Mississippi Ave area as many residents are
also students or faculty. Additionally, head about five minutes north
to Killingsworth Street
for more really great local businesses to choose from such as Saraveza,
a wonderful beer bottle shop, The
Red E Cafe, E'njoni
Ethiopian Cafe and CoffeeHouse-Five.
Down the road on Interstate is a New
Seasons Market which is a local
area shopping staple and employer.
Overall, Boise-Eliot is a
great urban Portland neighborhood which is centrally located and
Unthank Park Baseball field,
basketball court, soccer field playground
Park Basketball court,
playground, stage, volleyball court
Dishman Community Center and Pool Indoor
swimming pool, fitness center and movement classes.
Park Baseball field, basketball
court, dog off-leash area, playground, soccer field, softball field,
track and volleyball court
Park Playground, soccer field,
School Park Basketball court,
playground, soccer field, softball field, tennis court and track
Park Baseball field, basketball
court, dog off-leash area, horseshoe pit, playground, soccer field,
softball field, lighted tennis court and volleyball court
Park Basketball court
Park Basketball and tennis
courts, gymnasium, paved paths, gorgeous old rose garden, play
structures and outdoor swimming pool.
County Library - North Portland
Ave Day Care
(churches, synagogues, places of worship, private schools)
Public Transit - bus routes,
train stops, etc.
Portland Tool Library
Farmers Market Located one
neighborhood over...an easy bike or walk.
Mississippi Ave Zip Code
Boise is an urban
neighborhood with cultural diversity. Home styles in this area consist
of older Victorian cottages, Craftsman, and other older East Portland
styles that have historic charm and character you just can't find in
the outlying suburbs. A mix of new urban style lofts are popping up, as
Home prices in this area
have skyrocketed in the
last several years due to the Mississippi Avenue boom. This
neighborhood is highly coveted and the real estate prices reflect that.
Rentals homes and apartments are on the higher side as well but
affordable housing is possible to find. Many locals advertise their
rentals and rooms-for-rent only in the coffee shops and pubs in their
neighborhood so look for the community board at the cafe instead of
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