The Belmont Neighborhood has a strong history with alternative transportation, having featured one of the first trolley lines in 1888 and then 120 years later, installed some of the first bike corrals in the city. With a great central SE location, the Belmont area has convenient access to Downtown, but retains an individualistic funky vibe.
The Alberta Neighborhood in Portland can probably best be described as funky and fun. The residential area has had many of the older houses spiffed up inside and out, and property values have been rising on a sharp upward curve.
Many homes express a unique and artistic flair that suits the neighborhood's nickname, The Alberta Arts District. Alberta folks seem to prize their individuality, and you'll find a multi-cultural demographics mix of locals and visitors. The monthly Last Thursday event draws people from around to city to view new works from local artists.
St. Johns was started in 1865 by James Johns, a former resident of Linnton across the Willamette, when he initiated operating a ferry service across the river. In 1905, St. Johns was incorporated as a town, but ten years later the little town became part of Portland proper. The stunning St. Johns Bridge, an Icon of Portland, was built in the 1920’s to connect NW Portland with St. Johns. Due to some unfortunate circumstances, the area became quite run down until the 1970’s when a huge effort was made to clean up under the bridge. The area became Cathedral Park, 23 acres of park land, boat landings, and walk ways.
The St. Johns community and neighborhood have changed tremendously over the past decade, becoming home to many artists and DIY’ers. In addition to the annual Parade, going for more than fifty years, the downtown has a seasonal Farmer’s Market, outdoor concerts and a very active community center. There are many fun coffee houses and delicious restaurants, including one of the oldest Vegan restaurants in the city.