Life in Portland

Portrait Of A 'Hood: Boise-Eliot

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This week I took a walk in the North/Northeast Portland neighborhood known as Boise-Eliot with one of the area’s residents, Heather, who showed me some of her favorite haunts, including her favorite cafe and a few homes she has always admired. Just around the corner from Irving Park, Boise-Eliot is close to the action of NE Broadway, North Williams and North Vancouver, and just east of Interstate 5. Once part of the city of Albina, Boise-Eliot remains one of Portland’s most diverse neighborhoods, retaining its historic character with a lot of classic older homes as well as modern condos.

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Here’s Heather’s take on Boise-Eliot:

“Dishman Community Center is my favorite place to hang out, because all members of the community are represented there; it’s a really positive place. 

My neighborhood is shifting. We are not far from Legacy Hospital, MLK Boulevard, and North Williams. it’s very residential, with a good mix of lovely old craftsman homes with a lot of character, some of which have been nicely remodeled. I love to stroll around and check out the old homes and imagine what they look like when they were being built.”

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Just as she said this, we found ourselves walking beside a reminder of this neighborhood’s architectural diversity–a modern condominium for sale (check out this link to photos) right across from the Knott Street Grocery. We ended our walk with a coffee next door at TwentySix Cafe, Heather’s favorite.