i. Avoid these tourist attractions
ii. 17 Things: Portland in a couple days
iii Coping with weather

I. Getting Around

II. Food

III. Entertainment

    IV. Business Districts

    V. Lodging

    VI. The Suburbs

    VII. Services

    VIII. Links

    This is a guide to Portland for the frugal.

    Mission: pool useful information for tourists and locals alike while minimizing personal economic damage in the process. Contribute, Suggest, Ask: pdxdrtchp@hotmail.com.

  • Links to small pictures are all over this text. Recommended: look at them.
    (image: 3-D)

  • I'm in the process of getting maps for every little thing.
    (map: Ladds Addition)

  • Links to bus lines will connect you to route maps and timetables.
    (bus: 14 Hawthorne)

    07.23.06 - UPDATES!! Yes it's been another six months but I am back! New sections: Coping with weather and Stairwalks! I moved Bike Paths to Tours, which is also where Stairwalks reside. I'll be adding new stairwalks and bike rides soon, and eventually I'll try to fix all the broken links to the City of Portland's website (they changed servers, again).

    Unrelated to this page specifically, check out my growing list of neighborhood photo blogs: Northwest District, Lair Hill, Kings Hill, Central Eastside.

  • I. Getting Around

    Geographical Overview - Cars - Public Transit - Bicycles - Taxis - Walking - Leaving -

    A. Geographical Overview

    Portland's geography is pretty straight forward. The city is divided up into five sectors (some people say quadrants, but there are 5... I don't want to say burroughs): SW, NW, NE, SE, and N. The Willamette River divides east and west, and Burnside St divides north and south (North Portland being on the east side). (image: 5-quadrants) This town is very legible, meaning that it is easy to tell where you are based on certain characteristics each area has, and a few other things. This isn't just something that the addresses follow, it is common way to explain location. "I live in southeast," is a typical explanation. It is also fairly common knowledge that the east side is significantly cheaper than the west side. Note: business districts are described later.

    - Southwest - Northwest - Southeast - Northeast - North Portland -

    B. Cars

    C. Public Transit

    Portland's public transportation system is very logical and easy to use. Everything described on this page is accessible by public transit (bus directions follow every description). Tri-Met (as in tri-country-metropolitan-area) covers all transit service in Multnomah, Clackamas and Washington Counties (the city and most of the suburbs). Across the state border, Clark County, WA is serviced by C-Tran.

    - Buses - Light Rail - Fares - Bikes on Transit -

    D. Bicycles

    Note: Bike rides have been moved to
    - Street Hierarchy - Bridges - Ladds Addition - Paths - Rentals -

    E. Taxis

    F. What about walking?

    G. Getting Out of Town

    II. Food

    Under $5 - Under $8 - Grocery Stores - Open Late - Coffee Culture -

    III. Entertainment

    -cheap entertainment is tough-
    This is true. Almost everything costs a shitload of money. However, if you can enjoy things without necessarily buying them you broaden you options quite a bit.

    IV. Business Districts

    In light of the fact that this page is viewed by locals and tourists alike, I've added every noticable business district I can. However, if you're only gonna be in town for a couple days you might not want to stub your toe trying to hit every one. SO- I've arranged the following areas in order of [what I perceive to be] descending popularity. Will someone please
    contribute photos for these areas (pdxdrtchp@hotmail.com)?

    Also, might I note, I haven't included any 'mall' type of commerce (like Lloyd Center, Clackamas Town Center, 82nd Ave, Washington Square) because they're fucking despicable.

    - Downtown - Hawthorne - Pearl - North West - Alberta - Old Town - Belmont - Clinton - Multnomah Village - Sellwood/Westmoreland - NE Broadway - E 28th - Sandy BLVD -

    V. Lodging

    VI. Suburbs

    VII. Services

    VIII. Links