14 thoughts on “SE 39th Avenue, 1965

  1. The Laurelhurst neighbor had the distinction of being very exclusive (as it still is). Construction started in 1909. Advertised as a “High Class Residence Park,” the Laurelhurst Company placed numerous restrictions on the neighborhood, the sale of alcohol was prohibited. Additionally, there were to be no apartments, hotels, motels, flats, stables, or commercial buildings. We can see one of the southern gates on the right edge of the photo.

  2. Looks like a beautiful warm spring day.
    That 1956 Buick Special 2dr (facing camera) was a nice riding car with great bench seats you could climb over and fall into as a kid.
    The fellow seen cresting the hill seen from behind is out enjoying a ride in his convertible 1964 Plymouth Fury. I’m not sure what the smaller import car (?) is that is alongside the fury, a FIAT 500 (no).

    It’s interesting to see what trees still remain and which appear to have been removed since then.

  3. In 1964-65 I was staying at the Laurelhurst Apartments, just north of Belmont on the east side of 39th, and often times frequented the Cozy Pine Tavern and Winchell’s Donuts right across the street. I was working at Poor Richard’s at 3907 NE Broadway and made the trip up and down 39th four time a day because I was working a split shift, 10-2 for lunch and then 5-9 for dinner. These were great times!

  4. The Related photo looking south in 1949 – before the widening – is also interesting. Back when there really was a gas station on every corner, sometimes on every corner at a busy intersection.

  5. Today’s photo and the related 1965 photos above the comments made me wonder why were they taken, and could this be related to some type of street improvement that was planned? Looking at old newspaper archives of the Oregon Journal I came across a story that dealt with growing traffic congestion on the east side of Portland and Planning Commissions options to relieve this congestion.
    The following is a excerpt from the Oregon Journal April 1, 1965 (p. 4) that relates to 39th ave.

    How Much of the widening program would be needed within the next few years is uncertain. All the existing North-South arterials are already beyond the traffic carrying capacity for which they were designed. The Planning Commission feels that the first widening job would have to be on 39th Ave. North to NE Sandy Blvd., with a big “S” curve swinging West on NE Hancock St. and North again on NE 3rd Ave. In some places rows of houses would have to be taken to get six traffic lanes. In other sections, front yards would be chopped off. An estimated 1,369 dwelling units would be demolished.

    After reading the story and considering the date it was published ( April 1st) I thought this must be an April Fools Joke, but I didn’t locate any thing in the paper to indicate it was.

  6. I lived in the ‘70s in one of the two-story houses on 39th just north of Belmont on the west side. One of my housemates had a new prestigious job downtown and was going to ride the bus on her first day. She ran out of the house just as the 39th bus went by and thought she had missed the bus and would be late for work. As a bus novice, she didn’t know the 39th bus did not go downtown.

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