South Waterfront

South Waterfront


The River Blocks at South Waterfront is Portland's newest urban renewal project along the Willamette River in Downtown Portland. Baby boomers and urban professionals seeking urban housing have fueled a great demand for more condos in the Portland area. Several condo towers, similar to those in the Pearl District but on a grander scale, were recently built and completed at the height of the 2006 housing bubble. There were also several buildings erected for OHSU and a gandala that connects the hilltop campus to the South Waterfront was installed. It is truly a beautiful area and looks like a "second downtown", seperated by the I-5 bridge, as one approaches downtown.

Two new parks will be centrally located in the South Waterfront. A riverfront park will feature a pedestrian path that will connect the South Waterfront to the rest of downtown Portland. Other plans include an interpretive center that will have a pier and an urban beach. The neighborhood has won many awards for sustainable living because of the integrated green areas and LEED certified standards many of the residential buildings have obtained.

The South Waterfront is accessible by the Portland Streetcar that runs from Northwest Portland and the Pearl District through Downtown and Portland State University. An aerial tram, currently under construction, will transport doctors, patients, students, and visitors from Oregon Health and Science University's new health and research buildings on the waterfront up the hill to the main campus and the OHSU and Doernbecher hospitals.




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