SE Morrison & 6th, 1932

Installation or repair of the streetcar line on SE Morrison causes a bit of a traffic jam, 1932-style. This view look east between 6th and 7th Avenues.

A2009-009.750- Construction on SE Morrison & 6th 1932(City of Portland Archives)

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8 Responses to “SE Morrison & 6th, 1932”

  1. Mike D. Says:

    Here is a perspective from somewhat the same location:

    And here is a view with Grand Central in the frame sans those damn trees:

    Does anyone know what type of camera was used back then, to give distance that compacted feel? Very strange.

  2. Laura Parisi Says:

    Wow – I had no idea that Grand Central bowling was named after a historic place.

    Mike D: I wonder if it’s just that Google Maps provides a skewed perspective, since the photos are taken in specific increments, making objects look further than they are?

  3. Jim Wood Says:

    People interested in the history of the Grand Central Market should google “grand central market connie lenzen.”

    I was surprised they were still investing money in the streetcar in the 1930’s. Wonder if it was a WPA project?

  4. Ken Swanson Says:

    That’s a cool pic. Does anyone know when the Morrison Hotel was built? I’d like to see earlier pics of this site

  5. David Johnson Says:

    Oregonian article I read says Morrison st. being widened up to 12 avenue.

  6. Dave Says:

    I wonder if any of the several dozen businesses that were at GC Market when it opened still exist. I didn’t recognize any of the names (listed at the end of Lenzen’s piece).

  7. Don Says:

    Looks like Morrison is still “equally” two-way in this picture. I wonder when the mostly-westbound-except-for-one-eastbound-lane striping happened?

  8. js Says:

    Its crazy how wooded the north side of the street is, compared to how industrial it is today.

    Anyone know what the large building on the south side of the street up near 11th was?

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