What a terrific photograph; there are just so many details to pore over in this 1963 aerial view. We see the north edge of the South Auditorium urban renewal project just after the area is cleared; it looks like the earth is still fresh and the bulldozers just left. The pre-remodeled auditorium is clearly visible in lower left. The skyscraper era has not yet begun in Portland; four- and five-story buildings are the norm in downtown. Harbor Drive still dominates the west side riverfront while the groundwork for I-5 is still being laid on the east side. It was a dynamic time in the city.