SW 5th Avenue, circa1932

Street widening at SW 5th Avenue and W Burnside Street, looking north, circa 1932.

 

Street widening at SW 5th Avenue and W Burnside Street, circa 1932: A1999-004.339

Street widening at SW 5th Avenue and W Burnside Street, circa 1932: A1999-004.339

 

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7 thoughts on “SW 5th Avenue, circa1932

  1. 1932. The Burnside street widening project had just begun in 1931. I suspect this work may have been related to the widening.
    From what I have read, the fronts of building on the westward side of the street were removed and rebuilt to make more room. The eastbound side was also widened somewhat up to the Park Blocks.

  2. Interesting to see the trolley flat-bed work motor #912 out on the street in this photo. It’s a rare treat for a Portland trolley nut.

  3. Why were there so many men standing around? Was this, perhaps, a gathering area for people to hire casual labor? A symptom of the Depression?

  4. Caryn, I’m pretty sure it was just public interest combined with the higher percentage of pedestrians that would have been found in 1930s Portland.

  5. And, I don’t think the public was sequestered from construction activities as securely as today. Remember the Life magazine guys eating lunch on the I-Beams over New York City? Couldn’t happen today, and probably for the better.

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