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Portland Then/Now: Southwest Broadway and Alder Street

Thursday, June 11, 2015

 

SW Broadway

Traffic engineering Commissioner Bowes standing on SW Broadway below a Traffic Safety Commission sign reading C Sharp or B Flat, June 30, 1948: City of Portland Archives. A2001-007.65

SW Broadway

SW Broadway at Alder St. June, 2015. Photo by Byron Beck.

Portland Then/Now: Southwest Broadway and Alder Street

THEN: This is photograph of then Traffic engineering Commissioner Bowes standing on the corner of Southwest Broadway and Alder Street below a Traffic Safety Commission sign reading "C Sharp or B Flat" on June 30, 1948.

Behind the dashingly dressed Bowes and his companion were several stores that are no longer exist including a bootery and M. Jacoby Jewelers and their wonderful M. Jacoby giant clock tower. 

NOW: This is a photograph of a young gentleman eating a slice of pizza on the corner of Southwest Broadway and Alder Street in 2015.

It's the same corner that Commissioner Bowes stood on way back in 1948.  Most of the businesses from Bowes time have long disappeared but not the M. Jacoby clock that has stood the test of time and now promotes Kassab Jewelers located at the corner of Southwest Broadway and Alder Street.

New businesses, including a bank, will soon take over the vacant space between Kassab and the very Portland-ish Morgan's Alley.

For many years this particular retail space was home to Jane's Vanity and Flowers by Dorcas. 

 

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"So, how do you spend your time?"

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“Yeah, I’ll totally be there.”

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