Hawthorne, Portland, Oregon
The Hawthorne District in Portland, Oregon, is an area of Southeast Portland on SE Hawthorne Blvd., particularly between 28th and 42nd Avenues. The area has numerous retail stores, including clothing shops, restaurants, bars, brewpubs and microbreweries. Hawthorne district is known for its young, liberal residents and pedestrian-friendly high density mixed-use development. The district has been known for having various social groups, such as Generation X, hippies and more recently, hipsters. The Hawthorne area has vintage homes and apartments and locally owned shops and restaurants.
Hawthorne Boulevard was named after Dr. J.C. Hawthorne, the cofounder of Oregon's first mental hospital. Originally named "U" Street, the road was renamed Asylum Avenue in 1862. In 1883 the Oregon State Hospital moved to its present location in Salem. The street was renamed Hawthorne Avenue in honor of Dr. Hawthorne. The change from the "distasteful" name was at the behest of the local residents by City Ordinance in April 1888. It was further renamed Hawthorne Boulevard in March 1933.
Neighbors organized and prevented a McDonald's restaurant from being built at the site of an abandoned fast food building. The abandoned building was replaced with condominiums and retail shops on the first floor.
Area business association
The Hawthorne Boulevard Business Association serves local businesses on the boulevard from SE 12th Ave. through SE 60th Ave. While many Business Districts are intrinsically involved with their Neighborhood Association, this stretch of SE Hawthorne Blvd. is tangent to or a boundary of four neighborhoods Buckman, Hosford-Abernethy, Sunnyside, Richmond, and passes into a fifth, Mount Tabor.
Landmarks and recreation
- Mt. Tabor Park has exceptional views of Portland, and is built on an extinct volcano.
- The Bagdad Theater and Pub
- Powell's City of Books, Hawthorne Branch
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- Hawthorne Boulevard Business Association - Includes map of area and business information.