The Hosford-Abernethy neighborhood (parts of which are also known as the SE Clinton Street Neighborhood) is located in Southeast Portland. It is bordered by the Willamette River, Buckman, Richmond and Brooklyn neighborhoods. Hosford-Abernethy is bordered on the north by Hawthorne Street known as the popular Hawthorne District. The "Ladd's Addition" residential area is also located in this neighborhood. It's just a hop, skip and a jump to downtown Portland by bus, bike or car.
Sometimes people spell Hosford Abernethy as Hosford Abernathy, and this area is also referred to as Clinton, Clinton Street, Clinton District and even the Clinton-Division neighborhood (or Division-Clinton) - but whichever name you use to describe it: people love this popular SE Portland neighborhood.
Features of the Hosford-Abernethy and Clinton Neighborhood in Portland
Southeast Clinton Street is one of those Portland streets that just “becomes”.
A feature of the Hosford-Abernethy neighborhood in Southeast Portland, Clinton runs the gamut, a kind of paved schizophrenia. It's actually Southeast 10th Avenue until it decides it's not; then it veers from hard north to northeast as if to escape its trajectory and then, after crossing Southeast Milwaukie Avenue, settles down for a straight run east. Crossing the railroad tracks and traveling a few blocks, Clinton suddenly, between Southeast 14th and 15th Avenues, sheds the light-industrial in favor of tree-lined residential.
Relative calmness ensues. You'll notice the “sharrows” (shared-lane markings) on the roadway, indicating that the street is meant for both automobile and bicycle travel, and bicyclists take full advantage of it. Honestly, traveling Clinton is a lot more fun on a bike, so ditch the car if you can. That way you can pull up onto the sidewalk at Southeast 18th to admire the Clinton Community Garden, or pedal a few blocks up to 21st Avenue to chain up and nosh a slice at Hammy's Pizza.
Travel along and admire the many different house styles, the yards, the trees and flowers, and...
...whoa. At Southeast 25th it's a bit like emerging from a forest trail into a clearing. When Portlanders speak of Clinton Street, they're likely talking about this intersection and the next. Here's where you'll find Broder, (2508 SE Clinton St) which offers Swedish dining at its finest. Be prepared for a long wait there, so you may want to have a seat and a sip in Savoy Tavern (2500 SE Clinton St) next door while you wait. Or there's always Clinton Street Pub (2516 SE Clinton St), or Dot's Cafe (2521 SE Clinton St) Well, then there's Noho's Hawaiian Cafe (2525 SE Clinton St). Ooh, Sub Rosa (2601 SE Clinton St.) for Italian! It's obviously a conspiracy, they just don't want you to leave this corner.
And around that corner, on 26th Avenue, is the Clinton Street Theater, a venerable Portland institution, where you may watch independent films and revivals, or take in a “Bad Movie Nite!”, or gather ye newspapers and rubber gloves for The Rocky Horror Picture Show at midnight every Saturday.
It's tough to do, but if you must achieve escape velocity and leave this part of Clinton behind, there's more serene neighborhood beyond to walk or pedal.
Or drive if you absolutely have to.
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