Yesterday’s discussion raised the possibility that the Anderson’s Food Market building still stands. This photo, taken on the same day (if the Meadow-Land delivery truck is any indication) shows the same intersection looking west. Anderson’s is definitely on the northwest corner, roughly where the KFC/A&W sits today.
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We’ve seen this intersection before but this view looks west on NE Ainsworth where NE Union passes through. Both the Texaco and the 76 gas stations are long gone but the house on the north side of Ainsworth is still there. The lad on the bicycle, just barely captured for posterity, may still be with us, too.
It’s almost hard to imagine today’s Riverplace and South Waterfront areas looked like this almost a half century ago. Construction of the west end of the Marquam Bridge passed over property that had seen highly industrial riverfront activity since Portland’s founding over a hundred years prior to this. The area once covered by Alaska Steel is still largely undeveloped but the SW Moody Project and TriMet’s light rail line signal further development.
We’ve seen part of this building before in this previous VP post, this time we’re looking south on 72nd Avenue at Foster Road. Ice cream and drug store, real estate office, laundry delivery and a gas station; typical neighborhood businesses on a sunny Portland afternoon in 1937. The scene is bleaker today as the building is long gone, and an empty lot sits in its place.
The old Lovejoy Street ramp once elevated NW Lovejoy over the railroad tracks from NW Broadway to NW 14th Avenue. The ramp was removed in the late 1990s and it now reaches grade at about NW 9th Avenue, and Lovejoy is a surface street. This 1938 view looks west down the ramp with NW 10th coming in from the left side.
There was plenty of gas to be found on the corner of NE Union Avenue and Ainsworth Street in 1937. Texaco and Gilmore stations could fill your tank, top up your oil, water and air, provide new tires or service your pre-war vehicle. You can get a Starbucks coffee or Popeye’s chicken here today. This view is southbound on Union.