West Burnside Street

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West Burnside, a section of a large historically commercial street formally called Ankeny Street. In most towns there exists a single road is located in such a way that it splits a city in two distinctive halves. In Portland it is the horizontal line that separates the NW & NE quadrants from the SW & SE quadrants. The Willamette river is the vertical line. Examples in other cities of this kind of street include: San Francisco's Market Street, Chicago's Wacker Drive, Seattle's Madison Street.

West Burnside specifically is a section that passes through what is considered the older historical downtown of Portland. Like many of these older commercial streets, they start out as being the city's prominent or boulevard. A central trunk for earlier urban development. This takes its toll as the years go by, as once successful and prominent buildings become old and are slow to be replaced. New commercial buildings and developments appeared in the SW quadrant using cheaper land at that time.

In some ways this historical nature of the buildings, attracts a certain kind of commerce that survives over long financial cycle while unable to gain pronounced success. Businesses such as Cabaret Lounge, Roseland Theatre and Powell's Books, serve to anchor what is considered Portland commercial idiosyncrasy


Culturally Nearby Businesses

  • Roaseland Theater
  • Paris Theater (strip club)
  • Mc Manamins
  • Cabaret Lounge (strip club)
  • Spartacus Leathers
  • Billy Galaxy
  • Jackpot Records
  • Counter Media