Drive west across the Broadway Bridge, over the Willamette River, off the Lovejoy ramp and discover a brand new northwest Portland.
These neighborhoods of densely-packed turn-of-the-century homes have long been known as Portland's answer to upscale urban living, focused around the extensive shopping and nightlife on NW 23rd and 21st avenues.
But this urban center has changed radically in the last few years, mostly thanks to the explosive growth of The Pearl District.
Wander around the new high-rise lofts and condos, peek into art galleries, partake in the fine shopping and dining. Watch the kids play in Jamison Square, an urban park that continues the Portland tradition of encouraging people, especially children, to get themselves soaked in the public fountains.
Marvel that only a handful of years ago this area used to be a decaying blight of ancient light industrial warehouses. And it's still changing. The Brewery Blocks, where Henry Weinhard's stood for well over a hundred years, is now a collection of restaurants, galleries, and even a Whole Foods - the market that cemented The Pearl District as a place to live.
Livability was further enhanced by the Portland Streetcar, connecting NW 23rd to The Pearl to downtown to Portland State, RiverPlace and South Waterfront.
Every few minutes, you can hop on the streetcar and relax as you move around town, without worrying about parking or nutty drivers. Smart transportation options like this are what makes Portland special.
Living here in Northwest, you get the perfect combo of urban and forest. Within minutes, you can hike into the jewel of Northwest, Forest Park, the largest wilderness park within city limits in the United States, with over 50 miles of hiking trails.
Soothing sounds of birds and creeks melt away the hassles of the workday. Or just sit and enjoy the fresh air. This combination attracts many people to northwest Portland, all the fun of the city plus all the relaxation of the forest.