The Overlook neighborhood does just that. The park with the same name sits on a bluff in North Portland, overlooking the river, the bridges, downtown, and, of course, Mt. Hood. It’s homey and quiet, with wide, tree-lined streets tucked around Interstate Avenue. The neighbors have a quarterly get-to-know-each-other block parties and lovingly tended-to gardens. It feels precious and protected, but it’s connected and close to Downtown Portland and North Portland. Catch the Max and spot all the vintage Portland neon signs along Interstate!
"Getting out in nature is relatively easy even within Portland city limits, with dozens of parks and greenway ped/bike paths... but these days it's probably fair to be aware that our houseless crisis is at a level we've never seen before, and a lot of homeless camps are nuzzled in these spaces. For safety, and respect, it may be a good idea to avoid being in these areas too early or too late, and probably never go alone."
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