Portland By Streetcar

2013, February 8th

This month, the Portland Architectural Heritage Center is focussing on our city's past and present relationship with the streeetcar. You wouldn't necessarily know it, but Portland was once crisscrossed by dozens of streetcar lines. In the early part of the 20th century, the city grew when new lines were built. Former pasture land was suddenly accessible and ready for the constructino of whole neighborhoods like Rose CIty Park and Ladd's Addition. By the 1930's, electrified buses took over as the preferred method of mass transit. Simultaneously, the ascendant automobile sealed the streetcars' fate as people moved further out and chose to drive. Recent times have seen the reemrgence of streetcars in Portland on the West side and, last September, on the East side.

Upcoming lectures at the AHC include "By Streetcar to St. Johns," on Saturday, February 9 from 10:00 am – 11:30 am, and "Southeast Portland’s Mt. Tabor Streetcar Line," on Saturday, February 23 from 10:00 am – 11:30 am. Also, be sure to check out the temporary exhibit, "Streetcars Build A City," in the Meyer Memorial Trust Gallery of the AHC. 

 

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