This scene at NE Alberta Street at 15th Avenue is one that hasn’t changed a lot over the years. The Richfield station is gone now, as well as a couple of buildings on the other side of Nelson’s Variety and People’s Market. There are a lot fewer utility poles now and that’s a good thing. There are two “Mulholland’s” signs a block apart; I wonder what those were?
The photographer who took this photo in 1936 turned around and snapped today’s photo facing the opposite direction, looking north on SW 6th from Salmon. The Pacific Building, Pioneer Post Office and Meier & Frank buildings are familiar down the right side of the street. On the left, the Hilton Hotel fills the parking lot, and the 1981 Pacific First Center replaced the YMCA building.
(City of Portland Archives)