Looking north on NE 42nd at Killingsworth seemed like a sleepy little corner back in 1958. The wholesale/retail store on the right is now a giant parking lot and the Chevron station on the left has been replaced by another building a bit farther from the corner. That security light and metal post holding the Chevron sign might still be there though, rusty but still standing.
This 1951 photos shows recently completed channelization work at NE 82nd and Halsey, islands to control traffic and improve lighting and safety at the intersection. At this time the overpass would have been over just the railroad tracks as the freeway had not yet been built. Rocky Butte can be seen in the distance to the northeast.
You could get it all along Northeast Sandy Blvd in the Hollywood district in 1952; stop in at the bank for some cash, then shop for jewelry, cameras, and even gowns, then treat yourself to an ice cream. If you still had energy left, you could get some exercise at the YMCA.
The “Just Us” restaurant and tavern, in this small building at SW 3rd & Salmon, was probably a hangout for the area’s legal professionals before this block was torn down for the Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse. It was flanked by the Geneva Hotel and Hamilton Hotel. This view is to the southeast.
According to The Oregonian, the S&M Tavern at the northeast corner of SW 1st and Clay had its share of police calls over the years, everything from prohibition-era liquor sales to 1950s assaults and stabbings. It was housed in a uniquely styled, and to my eye very handsome, building. The name on the building is not quite readable in this photo. It, and the Spaulding Building to the north, were demolished as part of Area II of the South Auditorium Urban Renewal District in the late 1960s.