Mississippi Williams Neighborhood

Dated: March 18 2016

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You will have a great time discovering the Mississippi Williams neighborhood of Portland.  This area is anchored between  North Fremont Street and North Prescott Street on North East Mississippi Avenue/

The Mississippi Williams neighborhood has experienced a renaissance in the last decade.  Located in NorthEast Portland, this neighborhood had an unlikely catalyst in its revitalization.

A non profit, Our United Villages, located it’s warehouse store here.  The ReBuilding Center,  3625 North Mississippi Avenue, accepts donations of used building supplies including doors, sinks, tubs, tile, and structural lumber. Many of the donors are remodeling contractors.  A tax donation is much better the disposal fees!  The ReBuilding Center became the place to go for inexpensive house parts.  It serves as a blessing to those trying to repair and maintain older homes with period parts.  

The ReBuilding Center began to draw in customers from all over Metro Portland and the early stages of the renaissance began. Pistils Nursery opened and gained a cult following amongst Metro Portland gardeners and Urban Homesteaders.  Other shops and restaurants followed.

Pistils is located just down the street from the ReBuilding Center and stocks hard to find varieties of ornamental and native plants. Pistils has created a little ecosystem in its outdoor area. Flora and Fauna are sold and loved.  Bantam chickens strut about the garden.  Shoppers are encouraged to buy red wiggler compost worms by the pound as these creatures create fabulous soil amendment.  Special houses for the native Mason Bee are also sold.

Mr. Greenbeans is located across the street. This shop sells green coffee beans and wares to enable folks to roast and grind their own coffee. If coffee isn’t your thing, You might enjoy the Stash Tea Bar or one of the many breweries.  

The neighborhood shopping area is located on North Mississippi Ave between North Fremont Street and North Prescott Street.  The area is packed with restaurants, art galleries, bars and unique shops.  One of the most unusual is the Spin Laundry Lounge.  It is a coin op laundry with comfortable sofas and chairs to sit in while you wait.  It also has a cafe and lounge. This neighborhood isn’t just about shopping and eating.  There are great parks too.

The Peninsula Park Rose Garden is a treasure. Built at the turn of the last century it has a more formal design than many modern parks. The sixteen acre park features large trees, sculpture, pillars and a rose garden that  all contribute to the special feel.  Many couples choose to get married here.  Of course, all the traditional park activities are available : playground, picnic tables, basketball courts, tennis courts, softball and soccer fields and an outdoor stage. The Peninsula Park Rose Garden is located at North Albina Street  and North Ainsworth Street.

Another memorable park is Overlook Park at North Fremont and Interstate Avenue.  As the name suggests, the park has lovely water views.  The ten acre park also has an off leash dog park.

The community comes together to celebrate the annual Mississippi Street Faire.  This year’s faire is July 9, 2016.  Live music is offered on 5 stages spread throughout the neighborhood .  One of the venues is for children.  There is also a popular dunk tank, beer gardens and a Smoked Ribs competition. A must see!

Come and explore the Mississippi Williams neighborhood.  It boasts a strong sense of community and may be just what you are looking for!

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Shawn Skinner

Your Portland Metro Broker with over 15 years experience Shawn remains continuously updated on market trends, financing and legal reforms, so he can help you make informed decisions. The real estat....

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