The Alphabet Blocks

Where are the Alphabet Blocks in Portland?

Located in Portland’s NW section, the Alphabet Blocks in Portland are a group of streets beginning north of Burnside and continue heading north, alphabetically.

The Portland Alphabet Blocks is an ubur-trendy area known for restaurants, boutiques, antique shops, bookstores, second hand thrifts, pubs, pubs and more pubs.

 

The Alphabet Historic District, an area zoned for historic preservation running roughly from NW 24th Ave. to NW 2nd Ave., and from NW Vaughn St. to W Burnside St. It is named for the alphabetical progression of street names in the area and in 2000 was added to the National Register of Historic PlacesWikipedia

The Alphabet Blocks located in the NW District of Portland comprises:

  • NW 23rd Ave. Dubbed Trendy-third, this major shopping street is lined with swanky clothing boutiques and other upscale retail, mixed with cafes and restaurants. This area is also known as Uptown (particularly its southern end near W Burnside St.) and includes Nob Hill (centered on NW 23rd Ave. and NW Lovejoy St.).
  • NW 21st Ave.The neighborhood’s other main commercial district is a dining and entertainment destination, with popular restaurants, an independent film theater, and numerous bars, pubs, and nightclubs.

How Did Portland Alphabet Blocks Come to Be?

Maybe . . . and I’m only taking a guess . . . for the ease of locating an address.

Let’s take an address, any addres 2105 NW Hoyt, for example. The Portland City Planners of yore developed a nice block/address identifying system.

  • Burnside St. is a great divider. Burnside dissects Portland north and south.
  • The Willamette River is the other great divider. It dissects Portland east and west.

“A” is for Beginning the Alphabet Blocks

Portland Alphabet Blocks begins with “A” for “Ankeny

Ankeny(which doesn’t run / transverse the City as Burnside), Burnside, Couch (pronounced COO-ch), Davis, Everett, Flanders, Glisan, Hoyt, Iriving, Johnson, Kearney, Lovejoy, Marshall, Northrup, Overton, Pettygrove, Quimby, Raleigh, Savier, Thurman, Upshur, Vaughn, Wilson . . . and X Y Z apparently didn’t exist in those days of yore — since we don’t have any more Alphabet Block street names for those renegade letters.

Portland is Divided Into Five Quadrants

NW Portland : Streets NORTH of the Burnside / WEST of the Williamette river

SW Portland : Streets SOUTH of the Burnside / WEST of the river

NE Portland : Streets NORTH of the Burnside / EAST of the river

SE Portland : Streets SOUTH of the Burnside / EAST of the river

N Portland : Streets NORTH of Burnside / EAST of the river

How Do the Street Numbers Come Into “Play” with the Alphabet Blocks?

Using the Williamette River as the starting point, all streets running perpendicular to the river are numbered. Beginning with FIRST AVE. — Both on the EAST and WEST sides of the River.

SW First Ave. is WEST of Burnside, one block up from the river, southside.

2105 NW Hoyt is 21 blocks WEST of the river, north side of Burnside

Easy as ABC, 123 . . .

Map of the Alphabet Blocks in Portland NW District


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Condos for Sale Near the Alphabet Blocks

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  1. 5 beds, 5 full, 2 part baths
    Home size: 8,483 sq ft
    Lot size: 37,897 sqft
    Year built: 1908
    Parking spots: 2
    Walk Score®: 66
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  2. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 2,235 sq ft
    Year built: 1916
    Parking spots: 1
    Walk Score®: 65
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  3. 0 beds, 1 full bath
    Home size: 577 sq ft
    Year built: 1903
    Walk Score®: 97
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  4. 2 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,133 sq ft
    Year built: 2006
    Parking spots: 2
    Walk Score®: 98
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  5. 2 beds, 1 full bath
    Home size: 912 sq ft
    Year built: 1973
    Parking spots: 1
    Walk Score®: 92
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  6. 2 beds, 2 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 2,600 sq ft
    Lot size: 32,234 sqft
    Year built: 1912
    Parking spots: 1
    Walk Score®: 62
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  7. 1 bed, 1 full bath
    Home size: 818 sq ft
    Year built: 2006
    Parking spots: 1
    Walk Score®: 88
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  8. 5 beds, 4 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 5,390 sq ft
    Lot size: 18,295 sqft
    Year built: 1934
    Parking spots: 2
    Walk Score®: 40
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  9. 1 bed, 1 full bath
    Home size: 727 sq ft
    Year built: 1965
    Parking spots: 1
    Walk Score®: 98
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  10. 4 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 2,682 sq ft
    Lot size: 9,583 sqft
    Year built: 1966
    Parking spots: 2
    Walk Score®: 86
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  11. 2 beds, 1 full bath
    Home size: 1,008 sq ft
    Year built: 2002
    Parking spots: 1
    Walk Score®: 86
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  12. 2 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 962 sq ft
    Year built: 1965
    Parking spots: 1
    Walk Score®: 98
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  13. 4 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 2,826 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,098 sqft
    Year built: 1926
    Parking spots: 1
    Walk Score®: 32
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  14. 2 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,332 sq ft
    Year built: 1973
    Parking spots: 1
    Walk Score®: 86
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  15. 2 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,189 sq ft
    Year built: 2005
    Parking spots: 1
    Walk Score®: 80
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