A Streetcar Named Northeast

by Margaret O'Hartigan, King Neighborhood For most of its history, Portland’s streetcar service was a mix of lines owned by a number of firms, and this was just as true of North and Northeast Portland...

The Foodscape of Northeast

By Mischa Webley, NECN Staff Writer  If there’s one thing that has changed the food landscape of Northeast Portland, it was the rise of the automobile, says Doug Decker, local historian and expert on early-century...

Northeast History: Tornadoes, Then & Now

by Margaret O’Hartigan, King Neighbor Northeast residents got an unexpected visitor July 1 when a weak tornado blew through around 5:30 p.m. Although the National Weather Service subsequently claimed the tornado first touched down near...

Interview with Doug Decker, Alameda Resident and Northeast Historian

HN: Tell us about your coming to Portland: DD: We are University of Montana graduates, my wife is an Irish immigrant. We came to Portland in 1984, starting in an apartment in NW Portland. When...

African-American History Project Combats Demolition

By Alex Freedman  On​ ​May​ ​18th,​ ​in​ ​the​ ​basement​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Vancouver​ ​Avenue​ ​Baptist​ ​Church,​ ​city representatives​ ​met​ ​with​ ​neighborhood​ ​homeowners,​ ​community​ ​leaders,​ ​city​ ​planners,​ ​and​ ​local historians​ ​to​  discuss​ ​the​ ​precarious​ ​future​ ​of​ ​the​ ​neighborhood’s​...

Ask the Historian: The Alberta Shul

The Alberta Shul, then and now By Doug Decker, Concordia News Historian The question: What can you tell me about the building at 20th Avenue and Going Street that used to house the Tifereth Israel Synagogue?...

Northeast History: The Great Earwig Invasion of 1920

By Margaret O’Hartigan, adapted from her walking guide, “Walnut Park Revealed”. Walnut Park is nestled on the western edge of King neighborhood and the eastern edge of Humboldt, its streets still dotted by old walnut...

Northeast History: The Singing Leach Sisters

By Margaret O’Hartigan, adapted from her walking guide, “Walnut Park Revealed”.  Florence and Harriet Leach were daughters of industrialist Francis P. Leach, who had started an Oregon iron foundry in 1882. In 1907 the Leach...

Northeast History: Shaped by Water, Drawn by Hand

By Mischa Webley, NECN Staff Writer You wouldn’t know it today, but if you walk down the 15th Avenue hill near Prescott Street, you are skirting the edge of a massive geological event. This humble...

Northeast History: Bridge Meets Ship — Encounter a “Draw”

by Margaret O’Hartigan, King Neighborhood resident and author of the walking guide “Walnut Park Revealed”. Portland owes its existence to the Willamette and Columbia rivers, and the people who make their living on those waters...

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