Alberta Arts District

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Coordinates: 45°33′33″N 122°38′34″W / 45.55905°N 122.64286°W / 45.55905; -122.64286 Alberta Arts District is a neighborhood in Portland, Oregon, United States. The neighborhood centers on Alberta Street, and stretches from approximately Williams Ave to 33rd Ave in the Northeast section of the city.

Alberta Street has always been one of the main hubs of the Northeast area in Portland. The street was once the essence of the culture contained by the primarily urban and African-American community. Since the gentrification in the Northeast area, Alberta Street is the heart of an arts, restaurant, and shopping district approximately 20 blocks long. The area around Alberta is becoming very popular with yuppies[1] as well as hipsters, bohemians, hippies and other groups associated with the counterculture.[2]

Alberta Main Street[edit]

Alberta Main Street works to advance efforts to develop Alberta Street as a vibrant, creative, equitable and sustainable commercial district serving residents and visitors to the community. They produce an annual directory of art galleries, restaurants and businesses on the street, and organize the annual Alberta Street Fair each August. They are part of the national Main Street Program, which works to revitalize historic downtowns across the United States.

Last Thursday[edit]

On the Last Thursday of every month, there is an art walk that takes place in galleries and shops during the winter months, and outdoors during warmer weather, with tables set up by local artisans and traveling merchants along the sidewalk. Street performers and food carts also participate in the monthly fairs.

Clown House[edit]

In years past, the Clown House was an integral part of the carnival-like atmosphere of Last Thursday and other neighborhood related events.[3][4] The Clown House has since disbanded to work on separate projects, but Rabbit, Rev. Caffeine Jones, and others are still in the community.[5]


Alberta street is home to the Northwestern Electric Company—Alberta Substation.

Transit and transportation[edit]

The street is served by TriMet Line 72 from Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd to NE 30th Ave. TriMet lines 6, 8, 17, and 70 cross Alberta Street at Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., NE 15th, NE 27th and NE 33rd Avenues, respectively. Bicycle boulevards parallel NE Alberta Street on NE Going St. and NE Skidmore St.

In popular culture[edit]

The song "Fat Alberta" by Portland performers MarchFourth Marching Band is about the gentrification of Alberta Street.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Racial Shift in a Progressive City Spurs Talks". The New York Times, 2005-5-29. Retrieved on 2008-8-18
  2. ^ Lonely Planet (13 September 2014). "Top 10 reasons to visit Portland, Oregon - Lonely Planet". Lonely Planet. Retrieved 13 September 2014.
  3. ^ "Q & A with A.A. Munson, aka Dingo Dizmal". Portland Tribune, 2007-6-22. Retrieved on 2008-8-19
  4. ^ "Clown House of Portland, Oregon "., 2007-6-24. Retrieved on 2008-8-19
  5. ^ "Crash Landing". Portland Tribune, 2008-2-5. Retrieved on 2008-8-19
  6. ^ "Watch John Averill talk about March Fourth’s new studio album Archived 2011-12-29 at the Wayback Machine". 2011-8-11. Retrieved on 2012-2-28

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