Moving to Portland - Neighborhoods

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Portland is divided into "five quadrants" - North, Northeast, Southeast, Southwest, and Northwest. Subdivided further into neighborhoods - 95 in all throughout Portland - each quadrant has a distinct identity. The Willamette River, which runs north through downtown Portland, divides the east and west sides. Burnside Street divides the north and south sides. Neighborhoods closer to the Willamette River are often referred to as "close in." Commuting to OHSU from each of these quadrants is easy and relatively fast.

North Portland

Often referred to as "NoPo" or the "Fifth Quadrant," North Portland is largely residential, comprised of the St. Johns, University Park, Kenton, and Boise neighborhoods, among others. The Portland International Raceway, the University of Portland, and the Portland Expo Center reside in North Portland. The MAX Yellow/Orange Line connects North Portland to Northwest and Downtown Portland, as well as to OHSU.

Northwest Portland

Northwest Portland is a diverse area, comprised of industrial, residential, commercial, and entertainment districts. It is also home to one of the country's largest urban forest reserves, Forest Park, and the 1914 French Renaissance-style châtaeu, Pittock Mansion. The core of Northwest Portland is the retail and restaurant districts along NW 21st and 23rd Avenues, called the Alphabet and Nob Hill districts. Combined with the trendy Pearl District and Old Town Chinatown, Northwest Portland is a popular area for nightlife and arts. The Portland Streetcar and the MAX Orange Line connects Northwest Portland to OHSU.

Southwest Portland

OHSU's Marquam Hill and South Waterfront Campuses reside in Southwest Portland. Downtown Portland is also located in Southwest Portland, where much of Portland's retail, recreational, government, business, and educational activities are concentrated. Southwest Portland serves as the hub for all public transportation systems - the Portland Streetcar, TriMet Max Lightail system, and TriMet bus lines. In the Southwest Hills is the Oregon Zoo, the Hoyt Arboretum, the International Rose Test Garden, and the Portland Japanese Garden.

Useful Portland Links:
Things to do in Portland's Neighborhood's and Regions
Guide to Portland's Neighborhood's and Regions