Multnomah, Portland, Oregon

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Multnomah
Neighborhood
Multnomah is located in Portland, Oregon
Multnomah
Multnomah
Coordinates: 45°28′02″N 122°42′46″W / 45.46719°N 122.71282°W / 45.46719; -122.71282Coordinates: 45°28′02″N 122°42′46″W / 45.46719°N 122.71282°W / 45.46719; -122.71282
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Country United States
State Oregon
City Portland
Government
 • Association Multnomah Neighborhood Association
 • Coalition Southwest Neighborhoods, Inc.
Area
 • Total 1.44 sq mi (3.74 km2)
Population (2000)[1]
 • Total 6,625
 • Density 4,590/sq mi (1,771/km2)
Housing[2]
 • No. of households 3196
 • Occupancy rate 95% occupied
 • % households renting 51% renting
 • Avg. household size 2.07 persons
The street fair in Multnomah Village during Multnomah Days 2009. Looking northeast down SW Capitol Highway from its bridge over SW Multnomah Blvd.

Multnomah is a neighborhood in the Southwest section of Portland, Oregon, centered around the Multnomah Village business district. The community developed in the 1910s around a depot of the Oregon Electric Railway of the same name. It was annexed by the city of Portland on November 7, 1950.[3]

Handy Andy's garage just outside of the village
Fat City Cafe at night in the village

Multnomah lies between SW 45th Ave. in the west, SW Capitol Hill Rd. in the east, SW Vermont St. in the north, and I-5 in the south. Exceptions are the area north of SW Nevada Ct. and east of SW 26th Ave. (part of Hillsdale), an area south of SW Multnomah Blvd. and north of SW Dolph St. where SW 48th Ave. is the western border, and an area south of SW Marigold St. where SW Capitol Highway is the western border. The neighborhood is bordered by Maplewood, Ashcreek, and Crestwood on the west, Hayhurst and Hillsdale to the north, and South Burlingame, Markham, and West Portland Park to the south and east.

A bit of Portland history played out in the Village on April 7, 1987, when Mayor Bud Clark fired Police Chief Jim Davis while the two were having a breakfast meeting at the Fat City Cafe.

The neighborhood celebrates "Multnomah Days" with a parade and street festival each August.

Multnomah Village was, for a long time, home to the world's first wiki, WikiWikiWeb, which was physically located in an office there.[citation needed] The website has since relocated. The village features prominently in the 2011 independent film, Rid Of Me, although its locale is cited as fictitious Laurelwood, Oregon.[citation needed]

Historic Multnomah Village neighborhood street sign topper

Historic buildings[edit]

  • The Multnomah School (1913) has since 1979 served as the Multnomah Art Center.
  • The Nelson Thomas building (1913) now houses Marco's Cafe.
  • The 1925 Masonic Lodge (Orenomah Chapter No. 141) is now the Lucky Labrador Public House.

Parks[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Demographics (2000)
  2. ^ Demographics (2000)
  3. ^ Swanson, Lowell (2009). "Multnomah: The first hundred years". Multnomah Historical Association 13 (1): 11–14. 

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