SW Front Avenue, 1969

Looking north on SW Front Avenue (Naito Parkway), from south of the Morrison Bridge, 1969.


City of Portland (OR) Archives, A2000-006.209.


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16 thoughts on “SW Front Avenue, 1969

  1. This is one part of old Portland I don’t think anyone is sorry to see gone. Too bad about the great old buildings that were destroyed to build this monstrosity.

  2. Chris, if this was a premium site I wouldn’t just complain in a post. Since it is for free I feel this is the exact way to express my displeasure. This happens on this site more than it should.

  3. T-Boz, I don’t think anybody here thinks that you shouldn’t have the ability to express displeasure — it would just be better if you could find a more respectful way of doing it.

  4. Great photo of a by-gone time. I’m not sorry to see Harbor Drive gone, but much of this has been replaced with Tent City PDX 2017, complete with the trash. The whole migration of this current civic phenomena blows my mind. I just don’t get it. Great vehicles by the way.

  5. It’s important to remember that PARC is usually going by information in their files that is decades and decades old and that document places and views that are long gone (or like today’s image can be easily confused with a nearby street). I don’t think it’s fair to blame current employees for occurrences of sloppy work done by someone long gone. They also rely on us sleuths to help correct their records or find unidentified locations, which they have gratefully done repeatedly in the past.

    I’m more than willing to correct old clerical errors when I can, but since PARC graciously volunteered to take over the work of Mr. Davis, this website’s creator, I’m not going to be sarcastic about it.

    Heck, I’ve had my own mistakes pointed out on this site. That’s how we learn.

  6. Is there a way to learn more about Mr. Davis’ origination of this site? That would make interesting reading.

  7. Harbor Drive was not a complete abomination, as it enabled people to drive between certain places rapidly. Don’t get me wrong– I would not want it back. Portland is a better place without it. But once in a while I think, now if Harbor Drive were still there, I could just zip over to my destination so easily.

  8. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with calling them out on mistakes. They make a LOT of mistakes and honestly it just kind of takes away a lot of credibility, in my opinion. It should be giving people accurate information rather than just throwing out guesses, which is what it often feels like. But I’ve just gotten used to it and ignore it, knowing that people who actually know things about Portland will chime in and give us the real scoop. So, thanks to those of you who do that. And, thanks to vintage portland for giving us cool shots to look at everyday. I’m a big fan, even if I do have to look through comments to see if what they describe is accurate or not.

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