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Pearl District and Old Town/Chinatown
The Old Town National Historic District, commonly called Old Town/Chinatown, is where Portland was born. The 20-square-block section, bounded by Oak Street to the south and Everett Street to the north, includes buildings of varying ages and architectural styles. Before it was renovated, this was skid row. Vestiges of it remain in parts of Chinatown; older buildings are slowly being remodeled, and over the last several years the immediate area has experienced a surge in development. MAX serves the area with a stop at the Old Town/Chinatown station.
Bordering Old Town to the northwest is the Pearl District. Formerly a warehouse area along the railroad yards, the Pearl District is the fastest-growing part of Portland. Mid-rise residential lofts have sprouted on almost every block, and boutiques, outdoor retailers, galleries, and trendy restaurants border the streets. The Portland Streetcar passes through here on its way from Nob Hill to downtown and Portland State University, with stops at two new, ecologically themed city parks.
Pearl District and Old Town/Chinatown at a Glance
- Chinatown Gate
- Jamison Square Park
- Japanese-American Historical Plaza
- Jean Vollum Natural Capital Center
- Lan Su Chinese Garden
- Oregon Maritime Museum
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