Commercial strip

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Commercial strips are concentrations of storefronts in a double line, along arterial streets, in otherwise residential areas.

Portland's urban pattern (supposedly because of streetcar routes), and its support for locally-owned businesses, have preserved at least a dozen of these small-scale neighborhood downtowns around the city. They're populated with independent shops, restaurants, offices, and only an occasional national chain.

Some of the familiar commercial strips in Portland are: