On the edge of the inner circle of downtown Portland, Goose Hollow boasts all the conveniences of city-living, with nearly every type of home‚ apartment buildings, condos, townhomes, and some single-family and historic housing, many registered on the National Register of Historic Homes. Just across the I-405 freeway resides Portland State University, so it is no surprise that approximately 80% of the neighborhood’s population are renters.
Residing on a creek bed, or ‘hollow’, Goose Hollow’s namesake developed from a substantial goose population in the late 19th century, in which multiple neighboring families owned flocks but eventually were unable to distinguish who’s belonged to whom.
Now home to a number of important community institutions, including Lincoln High School, Multnomah Athletic Club, and Providence Park, the area is flanked by art sanctioned by the MAX Train Public Art program, with students and businesses contributing to the art found at the Providence Park, Kings Hill and Goose Hollow train stations.
Residents in the know will tell you to never miss an opportunity to wander in the residential sections of Goose Hollow, where turning a corner is like time travel, as you pass under balconies of modern apartment buildings and find yourself in the shadow of a 100-year-old Portland four-square.
The arts are well-represented here as well. Artists Repertory Theatre provides edgy and ground-breaking performances, and Polaris Dance Theatre celebrates the fluid physical poetry of movement. Be sure to top off a night on the town with the renowned Reuben sandwich at Goose Hollow Inn.Additional neighborhood features:
Lincoln High School – the first public high school in the Pacific Northwest, established in 1869
The Multnomah Athletic Club (MAC) – established in 1891, one of the largest and most diverse private health and social clubs in North America, with a membership of 21,000, and consistently rated as one of the top five private athletic clubs in the United States.