12 thoughts on “Emanuel Hospital, 1969

  1. Great observation, Craig. In 1970, Portland’s population was 382,000. Estimated population today is 647,000. I love Portland but am glad I seldom have to travel I-5 or I-84.

  2. That farthest street on the right, going down to the river, is where the Fremont Bridge is now.

  3. the apartment complex just to the west of the main hospital was a residence for the intern and resident physicians,

  4. “In 1970, Portland’s population was 382,000. Estimated population today is 647,000.”

    I think that even understates the growth. It’s probably more meaningful to look at Portland metro area population as the city boundary is somewhat arbitrary.

    In 1970 the Portland metro area population was 1.1 million. In 2017 it was 2.5 million, so nearly two and a half times the population of 1970 in the Portland area.

  5. Brian, I totally agree that the bigger picture is the entire metro area. We need updated transportation corridors. While going through Salt Lake City a few years ago, I was amazed at their freeway system—6 lanes wide in each direction in some areas. Yes, that is a lot of concrete and there can be a lot discussion on both sides but their traffic MOVES.

  6. @Ron: I remember those apartments well. I was there as a med student and then as Anesthesia staff before they built the new ER. It was a cold walk in the middle of the night in the winter to the old ER for trauma. They tore them down for a new medical office building.

  7. Out of all of the houses in the foreground (east of the freeway), only one remains. It has a pyramid-style roof with a triangular dormer in front. In the 1969 photo, it’s just in front of I-5, center-left, next to a lighter-colored roof. Here it is today: https://tinyurl.com/y7p8wzts

  8. The good old days when a drive across town was 10 min.
    Meanwhile lets embrace more people to arrive and immigrate. Then we can bitch about lack of transportation corridors, sewage beyond capacity and scarcity of affordable housing.

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