Montavilla, Portland, Oregon

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Montavilla is located in Portland, Oregon
Coordinates: 45°31′35″N 122°34′45″W / 45.52642°N 122.57904°W / 45.52642; -122.57904Coordinates: 45°31′35″N 122°34′45″W / 45.52642°N 122.57904°W / 45.52642; -122.57904
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Country United States
State Oregon
City Portland
 • Association Montavilla Neighborhood Association
 • Coalition Southeast Uplift
 • Total 2.18 sq mi (5.64 km2)
Population (2000)[1]
 • Total 15,987
 • Density 7,340/sq mi (2,835/km2)
 • No. of households 6025
 • Occupancy rate 95% occupied
 • % households renting 39% renting
 • Avg. household size 2.65 persons

Montavilla (a syllabic abbreviation of "Mt. Tabor Village[3]) is a neighborhood in the Northeast and Southeast sections of Portland, Oregon, United States, and contains an area of 82nd Avenue lasting from NE Glisan to SE Division that contains many of the city's used car dealers, as well as the Montavilla commercial district on SE Stark St.

The neighborhood was originally, in the 1890s, named Mount Tabor Villa, but on the destination signs of the streetcars that served the area starting in 1892 the name was abbreviated as "Mt. Ta. Villa" and then as "Monta.Villa". Residents soon adopted the latter name for the neighborhood, written as Montavilla.[4] Streetcar service to Montavilla ended in 1948.[5]

In December 2008, the neighborhood association teamed up with the city to address the rampant prostitution in this neighborhood.[6]


  1. ^ Demographics (2000)
  2. ^ Demographics (2000)
  3. ^ Nelson, Grant. "The early years of Mt. Tabor". Mount Tabor Neighborhood Association. Retrieved April 5, 2013. 
  4. ^ Thompson, Richard H. (2010). Portland's Streetcar Lines. Arcadia Publishing. p. 108. ISBN 978-0-7385-8126-2. 
  5. ^ Thompson (2010), pp. 98–99.
  6. ^ The Oregonian: Neighbors look for prostitution answer

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