South Portland, Portland, Oregon

South Portland, Portland, Oregon
South Portland, Portland, Oregon
Neighborhood representation
Association South Portland Neighborhood Association
Coalition Southwest Neighborhoods, Inc.
Neighborhood geography
Area 4.33[1] km² (PDF map)
Location Interactive map
Demographics (2000)
Population 5079 (density 1173/km²)
Households 2904
Owned 1220 (42%)
Rented 1684 (58%)
Data from
Willamette River from John's Landing

South Portland is a long narrow neighborhood just south of Downtown Portland, Oregon, hemmed in between the Willamette River and the West Hills. It stretches from I-405 and the Marquam Bridge on the north, to SW Canby St. and the Sellwood Bridge in the south. The Willamette forms the eastern boundary, and SW Barbur Blvd. most of the western boundary. In addition to Downtown to the north, other bordering neighborhoods are Southwest Hills, Homestead, Hillsdale, and South Burlingame to the west, and Hosford-Abernethy, Brooklyn, and Sellwood-Moreland across the river on the east.

The neighborhood, formerly known as Corbett-Terwilliger-Lair Hill or CTLH, changed its name at a meeting of its neighborhood association on September 6, 2006 to be more concise and inclusive.[2] South Portland was the name of a 19th century community that overlapped the present day neighborhood.



The neighborhood is a collection of very different areas.[3]

  • Lair Hill is in the northwestern part of the neighborhood, bordered by I-405 on the north, SW Barbur Blvd. on the south and west, and SW Naito Parkway on the east. It is named after a person, not a hill: the lawyer, author, and editor William Lair Hill. This area was part of historical South Portland, a district of Italian, Irish, and Jewish immigrants much of which was demolished by an "urban renewal" project in 1958.[4] Vestiges remain in the form of synagogues and ethnic shops.
  • Corbett. The Corbett area (and SW Corbett St. running north-south through the entire neighborhood) takes its name from Senator Henry Winslow Corbett. It lies south of Lair Hill, bounded by I-405 on the north, SW Naito Parkway on the west, SW Macadam Ave. on the east. Its southern boundary is marked by the SW Corbett St. bridge over I-5. (This area of Portland should not be confused with the unincorporated community of Corbett, Oregon in eastern Multnomah County.)
  • Terwilliger lies south of Corbett, between SW Barbur Blvd. and SW Macadam Ave, straddling Terwilliger Boulevard. The area takes its name from the old Terwilliger Park subdivision, served by the Terwil station on the Oregon Electric Railway.
  • Johns Landing. According to Oregon Geographic Names, the name refers to the B. P. John Furniture company, the largest of many manufacturers in the area in its industrial past, as well as architect John W. Storrs and John D. Gray, who privately transformed the area into a riverside residential and commercial development. The area used to be known as Fulton.
  • South Portland Historic District. Part of the Lair Hill and Corbett areas regulated to protect its historic significance.


  • Butterfly Park - 7720 SW Macadam Ave.
  • Cottonwood Bay - SW Hamilton Ct. (off Landing Dr.)
  • Duniway Park - SW 6th Ave & Sheridan St. Formerly a garbage dump, then landfilled and used for track and field by Portland State University and the YMCA in 1979.[5]
  • Front & Curry Community Garden - SW Naito Pkwy & Curry St.
  • Heritage Tree Park - SW Corbett Ave & Lane St.
  • Lair Hill Park - SW 2nd Ave & Woods St.
  • SW Terwilliger Blvd. Parkway - SW 6th Ave - Sheridan St to Slavin St.
  • Water & Gibbs Community Garden - SW Water Ave & Gibbs St.
  • Willamette Park - SW Macadam Ave & Nebraska St.

External links


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  5. ^ MacColl, E. Kimbark (1979-11). The Growth of a City: Power and Politics in Portland, Oregon 1915 to 1950. The Georgian Press. pp. 29. ISBN 0960340815. 
  • "Goodbye Corbett-Terwilliger-Lair Hill, hello South Portland" (Lee Perlman, Multnomah Village Post, October 2006, p. 5)

Coordinates: 45°29′24″N 122°40′37″W / 45.49°N 122.677°W / 45.49; -122.677

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