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Our Town: Montavilla

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Portland’s Montavilla neighborhood is located in the city’s southeast quadrant. It stretches from Mt. Tabor to I-205 and from I-84 to Division St, with Burnside and 82nd Ave. running through the middle of the neighborhood.

Montavilla has seen a lot of growth and change over the past few decades. The neighborhood’s population has gone up overall, and the demographic shifts have been dramatic, especially among minorities. The white population has gone from 87 percent in of the total in 1990 to 70 percent in 2010. Here’s a graph of how minority populations in Montavilla have changed over that same 20 year period, according to U.S. Census numbers:

Minority Populations in Montavilla

Montavilla’s identity is also in flux. In the past, prostitution has been a blight on the neighborhood and crime continues to be an issue, especially along 82nd Ave. More recently, though, Montavilla has been recognized for its trendy restaurants and farmer’s market. An explosion of new businesses over the past few years has been good for the neighborhood and its residents.

Do you live in Montavilla? How has the neighborhood changed since you’ve been there? What are you hoping to see there in the future?

We’ve put together a companion website for the Our Town series. Head over there to check out our interactive map which includes interviews and photographs of the people and places of Montavilla.

Here are some pictures from the show at the Flying Pie Pizzeria in Montavilla. Photos by Michael Clapp.

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