Sept. 30, 2010

Portland's Alberta Arts District Shines and Sings

Though not technically a neighborhood on its own,  the Alberta Arts District , located in NE Portland, is known for its funky, artsy feel and colorful, lively vibe.  Based around a 20-block stretch of Alberta Street, the neighborhood is home to some of Portland's most unique local businesses, artists and restaurants.  Homes in the area reflect Portland's historic tendency toward craftsman-styled architecture, many of which have been tastefully upgraded over the past few years, creating a cozy, comfortable hybrid of old and new, and a neighborhood feel that welcomes newcomers and entices them into calling it "home".

One of Alberta's main claims to fame is its monthly "Last Thursday" street fair, where local artists, musicians and restaurateurs invite the public into their shops to sample wines and foods and check out the scene. The street fair is outside during the Spring and Summer, and inside During Fall and Winter.

Alberta has all kinds of interesting shops, bars and restaurants. Click here for a list of the most popular spots, via Yelp.com

For a better look at some of the coolest stuff that Alberta has to offer, check out these pics I took. Click the thumbnails for full-sized version.

 

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