This scene at NE Glisan and 39th (now Cesar Chavez Blvd.) is not so much different today from what it was in 1957. Add a bus shelter and some traffic control lines and these kids are now in their 60s. Coe Circle with the golden Joan of Arc statue is just to our left here.
This is a companion piece to this post from a couple months ago. Move across to the east side of NW Broadway and look north from NW Hoyt Street and this is your view. You would have been standing with your back to the Hoyt Hotel. Union Station is off to the right.
The Exchange Building on SW 6th Avenue between Alder and Washington Streets is no longer home to a Fred Meyer store but it’s still standing at age 110 years. Built in 1902, it was a part of the Olds, Wortman & King Department Store, whose main building at SW 5th & Washington butted up against the back of this building.
Portland street crews work on N. Interstate Avenue in this 1950 photo. We’re looking northwest; Interstate curves around to the right and N. Russell Street is just around the corner. Harding Avenue comes in from the left and Larrabee continues straight ahead toward the railroad yards; the Union Pacific smokestack can be seen behind the tree on the right. The little burger joint straight ahead is on the northwest corner of Larrabee and Russell and would be under the edge of the Fremont Bridge today.
The Roma Importing Co. and Delicatessen at SW Sheridan and 4th Avenue was probably a South Portland neighborhood mainstay back in its day. It would soon be demolished as part of the South Auditorium Urban Renewal Area project of the early 1960s. This view is east on Sheridan. The same building and intersection can be seen in this aerial view from 1934.
Rucker’s Coffee Cup was a well-known landmark on the southwest corner of SW Broadway at Stark Street in the 1950s. Here we see two photos showing its location directly across Broadway from the Imperial Hotel (now Hotel Lucia) and across Stark from the Oregon Hotel and the Benson Hotel. The Oregon Hotel came down in 1959 to make way for an extension of the Benson. Thanks to VP fan Meredith Kreifels for sending these photos.