Keep Portland Weird
“The Neighborhoods”_ refers to the areas of main focus for this game located in Northern Portland (NoPo) centered around the Humboldt neighborhood which contains the Cascade Campus of Portland Community College (PCC). Neighborhoods adjacent to Humboldt include Piedmont (N), Arbor Lodge and Overlook (NW-W), Boise & Eliot (S), Irvington (SE), King, Vernon, and Sabin (E), and Woodlawn (NE). Each neighborhood description also has a link to more information.
Humboldt is a young, urban, and hip urban/residential neighborhood of small free standing residences popular with the 20s and 30s crowd centered around PCC.
Piedmont is a historical suburb, one of the classic stops on the old rail line. It is now a quite relatively safe neighborhood popular with older residents.
Arbor Lodge and Overlook
These neighborhood are urban/residential neighborhood of small homes to the west of Humboldt cut off by the interstate, which gives them a somewhat more secluded feel and older residents. Arbor Lodge is a bit more urban in feel than Overlook.
Boise and Elliot
Boise and Elliot make up a lively section of NoPo that very much represent the current transition of this entire part of the city. Once a place of dilapidated streets, crime, and drugs up against truly unique and historical gems, capital investment has led to the growth of new bars, restaurants, condos and shops along Mississippi Ave that are both an improvement of conditions and a loss of the local feel (and the seedier elements remain in the dark corners of the area).
Irvington is a primarily residential neighborhood with a less urban feel than it’s neighbors to the west. Irving has a vibe of classic Americana, with the good and bad that implies.
King, Vernon, and Sabin
King, Vernon, and Sabin are older more established residential neighborhoods. The enjoy a community spirit and yet are more insulated and removed from the activity of Humboldt, Boise, and Eliot to the west.
Woodlawn is the oldest neighborhood in the Albina neighborhood with roots going back to the 1800s when it was an independent community. The neighborhood teeters between the residential and urban areas to the south and west and the industrial north. Woodlawn is both a community connected to the rest of the neighborhoods presented here and something set apart.