Groundbreaking, 1972

Lloyd Anderson, Frank Ivancie and others at the SE 17th Avenue and SE Powell Boulevard groundbreaking, 1972.

City of Portland (OR) Archives, Lloyd Anderson, Francis Ivancie & others at 17th and Powell groundbreaking, A2012-005, 1972.

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25 thoughts on “Groundbreaking, 1972

  1. That was groundbreaking for the Powell Blvd. underpass, under the Southern Pacific tracks at SE 17th Ave.

  2. The ground breaking was on Friday May 19, 1972. Taking place in the event were reps. from the state, county, city & railroad. L-R Railroad rep. ?–County commissioner Don Clark–unknown–Lloyd Anderson–Frank Ivancie–unknown.

    Dan Mosee was not on the county commission until 1973.

  3. They’ll never learn. Railroads divide communities, they should be removed. Marginalized bipocs will always suffer from the divisions whiteness imposed upon them.

  4. Oh, “Ron” (and several other aliases you are using), get out of your Mom’s basement and join the real world. No one besides you is amused by your trolling. The fact that you are amused says something about your intellect and probably the size of your genitals.

  5. I remember the days before they finally made the underpass. Very long waits and and a backup that extended to the the Ross Island bridge. One of the best decisions the city made. Too bad it took until ’72. It was planned way earlier.

  6. Quite a mix of ages and personalities here…I wonder where they went for lunch and cocktails afterward? The center-right guy looks like he’d be the life of the party.

  7. I remember the day. And it was groundbreaking, after all the hours spent waiting for a long train to pass through the 17th & Powell intersection. I grateful I wasn’t driving at the time, I recall my father swearing up a storm whenever he got stuck waiting for a train to pass.

  8. Ron, to echo what others have said, your comments are completely without merit. The Brooklyn yard has been in place since the 1860s and it’s tracks extending north and south predate any modern neighborhoods by four decades. Further, Holgate Blvd. bisects the property and serves as a multi-modal bridge across the “divide” as you say. This is clearly not akin to the Minnesota freeway. In fact, the tracks and yard don’t disrupt travel anymore than a superhighway, golf course, extent pulp mill, and wasteland taken over by our houseless tent city residents. I’ve heard first hand stories about the traffic before the underpass permitted hassle free travel on Powell. This image was part of the change. Please keep your mindless comments to yourself, or at least directed toward a positive change that you could help make a reality today.

  9. In the mid 60’s, soon after I arrived in Portland, I learned to avoid this railroad crossing as well as a few others going back and forth from east to west.

  10. Some are suggesting a similar underpass at 11th-12th and Clinton crossing where the same trains (SP, Amtrak and MAX) regularly impede traffic today.

  11. I lived at 21st and Bush in 1970 and I loved the neighborhood with old houses now gentrified into cold storage warehouses, and the Powell strip featuring the Red Star Tavern, Whizburger, Cleveland High School Park, Mama Maria’s and the SP Meat Market. There was a pedestrian bridge over the tracks so I could walk to Franni’s Tavern on 17th.The Powell Underpass benefited commuters from Gresham more than people in the neighborhood

  12. Mike Southern Pacific SP 2607 had a build date of November 1971 so it would have only been 6 months old in today’s VP photo. There a dozens of photos of Union Pacific UPY 1175 over the years and the last I saw was taken on February 19, 2014 so it may have been retired by UP or sold to another railroad.

  13. Mike– SP 2607 / UPY 1175 was sold to short line railroad Burlington Junction Railway and is now painted Red & Black with the number BJRY 1520 with the last photo I found dated May 4, 2019.

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