9 thoughts on “SW Water Avenue, 1929

  1. I absolutely love what I can see of this beautiful Victorian house. Hopefully someone restored it? Doubtful but hopeful.

  2. The streets have been pretty carved up and truncated in this area since then. There are some old Victorian’s around but I only found one place that resembled this place and it’s not it, because the entry door is on the right instead of left.

  3. That whole area was leveled in the “urban renewal” in the 50s-60s. Sad, because what replaced it is not a vibrant welcoming community.

  4. Like many cities in America Portland suffered mightily in the Great depression, as most people know who read this blog the south waterfront neighborhood was comprised mostly of immigrants from southern and eastern Europe with little education and little capitol. The south Waterfront neighborhood was considered a blight.

  5. There is a house on SW Porter St. (across from the Natural Medicine College and east of Natio) that looks a lot like this picture.

  6. This is a nice photograph of historic reverence and very much appreciated. Is it possible to get more of the Aerial images of the early to mid twentieth century?

  7. Yes, this part of SW saw a perfect storm of tragic ‘urban renewal,’ Ross Island bridge approaches, I-5 and 405 routing, all happening to the less politically powerful residents, apparently.

    To drive south on First Ave from downtown to Lair Hill is what might have been a Hawthorne-like neighborhood, instead of whatever it is now.

    Or maybe the housing stock was actually beat-up and ready for the bulldozer.
    All can be debated.

  8. The comments about a neighborhood of poorer immigrants being easy targets for urban renewal are certainly true. South Portland was a vibrant part of the city and I think we lost something that would have become the authentically “ethnic” area we are really lacking. They tried to move the old synagogue and it fell apart in the process. St. Lawrence was a beautiful old church and my family’s school for two generations. Jewish Community Center list to I-405 too. My dad grew up with such an interesting multi-national group of friends who kept that bond all their lives. Does the Pearl or the faceless condos downtown foster that kind of connection? I don’t think so. And what did we get? One of the worst traffic patterns that takes people from downtown to a major quadrant of the city (SE). It’s a joke. Try explaining how to access the Ross Island bridge to an out-of-towner!

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