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Portland Then/Now:  Northwest Broadway Near Union Station

Thursday, June 18, 2015

 

Northwest Broadway

Northwest Broadway near Union Station. Les Ordeman photo of 1948 flood refugees, 1948: City of Portland Archives, A2004-002.2091

Northwest Broadway near Union Station. Photo by Byron Beck.

Portland Then/Now:  Northwest Broadway Near Union Station.

THEN: This photograph was taken in 1948 by Oregon Journal photographer Les Ordemen on Northwest Broadway near Union Station and Broadway Bridge. In the background you can see the site of the old Alber Mills.

The people lined up on the ramp are refugees displaced from the infamous Vanport flood in 1948. According to ohs.org,“on Memorial Day in 1948, the Columbia River, swirling fifteen feet above normal, punched a hole in a railroad embankment that served as a dike, starting a flood that would leave 18,000 people homeless and alter race relations in Portland forever.”

OHS continues, “for eight years, the embankment had kept the river out of a newly developed 648-acre complex called Vanport, then the largest public housing project in the United States…At the height of the war in 1944, close to 40,000 people lived in Vanport, including 6,000 African Americans, three times as many as had lived in all of Portland two years before.”

NOW: The ramp to the Broadway Bridge is still in the same spot in 2015, as is Union Station but much of the area around it has dramatically changed with the advent of the Pearl District and the MAX Light Rail line. It also is not far from both the relatively new Bud Clark Commons (with 130 studio units of low-income housing, a 90-bed men’s transitional shelter and Day Center) as well as the brand new home of the Pacific Northwest College of Art. Alber Mills is stil there but was transformed in 1989 into an office building. 

 

Related Slideshow: Portland’s 20 Hottest Neighborhoods for Real Estate

What are Portland’s hottest neighborhoods for real estate? The 20 neighborhoods below are ranked by the number of sold homes over the last 90 days. The information, along with the median list price and median price per square foot, comes from the real estate company Redfin. The population is from 2010 census data. 

The sale to list percentage, also from Redfin, is the final selling price over what the listed price was, to show how close sellers came to their asking price. In cases where it is over 100 percent, the seller got more than then listed price. 

Find out what the hottest real estate neighborhoods in Portland are: 

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#20 (tied)

Wilkes  

# of Homes Sold Over the Last 90 Days: 34

Median List Price: $259,925

Median Price Per Square Foot: $143

Sale to List Percentage: 98.1%

Population: 8,775

Note: Sale to List Percentage shows how close the sale price was to the listed price.

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#19 (tied)

Rose City Park

# of Homes Sold Over the Last 90 Days: 34

Median List Price: $489,700

Median Price Per Square Foot: $287

Sale to List Percentage: 98.3%

Population: 8,982

Note: Sale to List Percentage shows how close the sale price was to the listed price.

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#18 (tied)

Richmond

# of Homes Sold Over the Last 90 Days: 34

Median List Price: $497,000

Median Price Per Square Foot: $345

Sale to List Percentage: 98.9%

Population: 11,607

Note: Sale to List Percentage shows how close the sale price was to the listed price.

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#17

Downtown

# of Homes Sold Over the Last 90 Days: 36

Median List Price: $394,500

Median Price Per Square Foot: $442

Sale to List Percentage: 97.5%

Population: 12,801

Note: Sale to List Percentage shows how close the sale price was to the listed price.

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#16 (tied)

Mount Tabor

# of Homes Sold Over the Last 90 Days: 38

Median List Price: $574,900

Median Price Per Square Foot: $356

Sale to List Percentage: 99.2%

Population: 10,162

Note: Sale to List Percentage shows how close the sale price was to the listed price.

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#15 (tied)

Cully

# of Homes Sold Over the Last 90 Days: 38

Median List Price: $235,000

Median Price Per Square Foot: $180

Sale to List Percentage: 100.3%

Population: 13,209

Note: Sale to List Percentage shows how close the sale price was to the listed price.

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#14 (tied)

Mount Scott-Arleta

# of Homes Sold Over the Last 90 Days: 39

Median List Price: $249,974

Median Price Per Square Foot: $178

Sale to List Percentage: 98.7%

Population: 7,397

Note: Sale to List Percentage shows how close the sale price was to the listed price.

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#13 (tied)

Concordia

# of Homes Sold Over the Last 90 Days: 39

Median List Price: $249,974

Median Price Per Square Foot: $178

Sale to List Percentage: 98.7%

Population: 9,550

Note: Sale to List Percentage shows how close the sale price was to the listed price.

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#12 (tied)

St. Johns

# of Homes Sold Over the Last 90 Days: 42

Median List Price: $234,925

Median Price Per Square Foot: $164

Sale to List Percentage: 97.6%

Population: 12,207

Note: Sale to List Percentage shows how close the sale price was to the listed price.

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#11 (tied)

Corbett

# of Homes Sold Over the Last 90 Days: 42

Median List Price: $574,950

Median Price Per Square Foot: $361

Sale to List Percentage: 98.2%

Population: 7,088

Note: Sale to List Percentage shows how close the sale price was to the listed price.

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#10

Portsmouth

# of Homes Sold Over the Last 90 Days: 43

Median List Price: $225,000

Median Price Per Square Foot: $172

Sale to List Percentage: 101.1%

Population: 9,789

Note: Sale to List Percentage shows how close the sale price was to the listed price.

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#9

Mount Scott

# of Homes Sold Over the Last 90 Days: 44

Median List Price: $274,700

Median Price Per Square Foot: $185

Sale to List Percentage: 97.8%

Population (Mount Scott-Arleta): 7,397

Note: Sale to List Percentage shows how close the sale price was to the listed price.

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#8

Centennial

# of Homes Sold Over the Last 90 Days: 50

Median List Price: $203,000

Median Price Per Square Foot: $153

Sale to List Percentage: 99.6%

Population: 23,662

Note: Sale to List Percentage shows how close the sale price was to the listed price.

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#7

Pearl

# of Homes Sold Over the Last 90 Days: 51

Median List Price: $500,000

Median Price Per Square Foot: $445

Sale to List Percentage: 98.9%

Population: 5,997

Note: Sale to List Percentage shows how close the sale price was to the listed price.

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#6

Beaumont

# of Homes Sold Over the Last 90 Days: 54

Median List Price: $699,900

Median Price Per Square Foot: $253

Sale to List Percentage: 101.3%

Population: 5,346

Note: Sale to List Percentage shows how close the sale price was to the listed price.

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#5

Hazelwood

# of Homes Sold Over the Last 90 Days: 56

Median List Price: $225,000

Median Price Per Square Foot: $166

Sale to List Percentage: 98.3%

Population: 23,462

Note: Sale to List Percentage shows how close the sale price was to the listed price.

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#4

Brentwood

# of Homes Sold Over the Last 90 Days: 58

Median List Price: $184,950

Median Price Per Square Foot: $161

Sale to List Percentage: 99.3%

Population (Brentwood-Darlington): 12,994

Note: Sale to List Percentage shows how close the sale price was to the listed price.

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#3

Powellhurst-Gilbert

# of Homes Sold Over the Last 90 Days: 67

Median List Price: $214,950

Median Price Per Square Foot: $164

Sale to List Percentage: 97.9%

Population: 30,639

Note: Sale to List Percentage shows how close the sale price was to the listed price.

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#2

Montavilla

# of Homes Sold Over the Last 90 Days: 67

Median List Price: $222,500

Median Price Per Square Foot: $201

Sale to List Percentage: 100%

Population: 16,287

Note: Sale to List Percentage shows how close the sale price was to the listed price.

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#1

Brentwood-Darlington

# of Homes Sold Over the Last 90 Days: 81

Median List Price: $212,450

Median Price Per Square Foot: $178

Sale to List Percentage: 99.3%

Population: 12,994

Note: Sale to List Percentage shows how close the sale price was to the listed price.

 
 

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