The Pearl District.
Portland's dynamic urban neighborhood. There's no
other place quite like Portland's Pearl District. To be sure, lofts,
galleries and restaurants flourish in parts of Manhattan and other large
cities, but the Pearl District is different. It is not finished, but
an exciting work in progress, moving from an industrial area toward
its own ultimate, unique personality. And almost every day, it is being
shaped by the people and the new businesses who are moving here.
River District Plan.
Besides residential and retail business development, the River District
Plan calls for parks and open areas-including extending the city park
blocks North to a new Tanner Creek Park on the Willamette. Flowing
from Sylvan through NW Portland, Tanner Creek was buried in an
underground conduit 110 years ago to create more building sites in
Northwest Portland. Its resurrection at the park will allow the creek
to flow naturally into the Willamette once again.
Over the past ten years, the city and private investors have
followed a plan to transform the old industrial area North
of downtown into an urban neighborhood of 15,000 people. The River
District Plan , a visionary blueprint for this development, calls
for the removal of the train yard at Union Station to reconnect the
neighborhood to the Willamette River. A streetcar line will run from
Portland State University through
and the heart of the Pearl District to the shops and restaurants on