Downtown Portland Oregon - The City Hub

Downtown Portland Oregon is pretty much the center of the action. Everything branches off this part of the beautiful Rose City.

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Also known as Southwest Portland, hustle and bustle is the name of the game here. Every direction you turn, you'll see sky cranes, reaching to the heavens, all busy building more and more additions. Residents of the state running to and from their jobs. If you're a first-time visitor to our fair city, this would be a fine place to start.

Right downtown, in the midst of it all, you can take a grand walk along the Willamette River via Tom McCall Waterfront Park, which gives you 29 acres of enjoyment. You'll find many people walking, jogging and bicycling along this stretch of boardwalk.

From there, you can view downtown Portland Oregon's 10 historic bridges that span all sides of the city. In the summer time, the river is home to boaters and ski jet riders, out for days and evenings. The residents lucky enough to own condos along the waterfront are indeed lucky to enjoy the views from their balconies.

waterfront park geese

Gaggles of geese have made one part of Waterfront Park their regular stomping grounds. It's pretty cool to go down and walk among them all. You can also take a rest on many of the park benches lining the park and watch both the kids and adults run through the lovely interactive fountain known as Salmon Street Springs. You'll find many of the summer events happening right around this particular area.

Head up to Pioneer Courthouse Square, around Yamhill Street and 6th Avenue. This is where the city lights up their huge Christmas tree every season, holds the outdoor movies of Flicks on the Bricks, and a lot more.

People congregate here to work and play. You'll find them all coming for their lunch every day, whether it's a ham sandwich from a sack or from one of the many food stands surrounding the blocks. Street preachers and hacky-sac'ers also make this a regular haunt.

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You'll find shopping galore surrounding you, the Tri-Met bus line, as well as MAX Light Rail. The old-time trolley also roles up and down these streets.

The Downtown Portland area, which actually moves out into Washington Park, is also home to the Oregon Zoo, Saturday Market (beneath the Burnside Bridge), Jeld-Wen Field, Portland Art Museum, Japanese Gardens and so much more. Food is plentiful all around you. From fast and quaint to ritzy and high-class, the restaurants are a big highlight. You can hit up any of the Portland Food Carts throughout the areas for some tasty vittles.

There are many residents who call this hub of the city their home. Central to everything, they enjoy living in the middle of it all. It's a fine place to plant yourself.

If you're looking for anything, I can pretty much assure you that you'll find it in downtown Portland Oregon.

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