NW Industrial Neighborhood Guide for Portland, OR
The Northwest Industrial section of Portland, Oregon is – as its name suggests – a nearly entirely industrial community that is located in the northwest section of the city.
In fact, the Portland Bureau of Planning once recognized it as “one of the few remaining large urban industrial districts in the United States.”
Although there are no schools or parks in this section of the city, there is a small residential community located here. However, because of this community’s culture around industry, this neighborhood actually has the smallest population of all of Portland’s 95 neighborhoods.
The History of NW Industrial
This community was originally wetlands when an early settler named Peter Guild was gifted it in the 19th century.
Later on, the Northern Pacific Railroad built the Guild’s Lake Rail Yard in the area, helping to spur development in the community.
Then, in 1905, the Lewis and Clark Exposition was held on the shore of Guild’s Lake, helping to raise the prominence of the area.
And although the area was home to a major temporary housing complex during WWII, it was removed after the war to ensure that there was plenty of room for industrial and warehouse development.
As you can see, this section of the city has a rich and distinctive history.
Today, this community is well-connected to the rest of town thanks to Interstate 505, I-405 and US Route 30.
And although it’s not heavily residential, the people who live here certainly enjoy being there!
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