Old Town Chinatown
Old Town Chinatown (also Old Town or Chinatown) is Portland's oldest neighborhood and considered by some to be the heart of Portland. Compared to its neighbor the Pearl District, Old Town is typically considered less affluent and more culturally diverse. It also serves as Portland's most historic neighborhood.
Old Town Chinatown is predominantly situated in Northwest Portland, with a small portion spilling over into Southwest Portland. It is bounded on the north and east by the Willamette River. Its southern border, separating it from Downtown, runs along W. Burnside from Broadway until SW 3rd, then SW Pine to 2nd, SW Oak to SW 1st, and finally SW Stark to the river. Its western border, separating it from the Pearl District, is NW Broadway.
Old Town encompasses the original township of Portland that was platted by Asa Lovejoy and Francis Pettygrove. Today, Old Town includes both the Skidmore Historic District as well as the Historic Japantown New Chinatown District.
In the past, Chinatown was host to a large Chinese immigrant community, and later a Japanese immigrant community. Remnants of these communities are still evident, perhaps most prominently with the large number of Chinese restaurants and the grandiose gate to Chinatown.
- Portland Chinese Classical Garden
- Japanese American Historical Plaza
- Portland Saturday Market
- Oregon Jewish Museum
- Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center
- Oregon Maritime Museum