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The City of Portland, Oregon

Portland Bureau of Transportation

Phone: 503-823-5185

Fax: 503-823-7576

1120 SW Fifth Ave, Suite 1331, Portland, OR 97204

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Town Expansion

Originally, in the 1860's all the activities - the shopping, the shipping, the warehousing, manufacturing, and the residences were in a few buildings downtown. As the town grew, the first thing to leave that area were the residences. With the streetcars people could move their homes even farther away. Then merchants decided to move shops closer to residents. Saloons, local grocery stores, or druggist developed at major streetcar stops creating neighborhood business districts.