Once a thriving retail area on the rail line, downtown Oak
Grove declined after a major highway was built about a mile to
the east of the rail line in the 1930s. Major stores located on
the highway and today the rail line is gone and downtown Oak Grove
contains an assortment of shops and light industry.
Planners wanted to "revitalize" downtown by allowing
four- to five-story apartments with retail and commercial shops
on the ground floors. We asked planners what part of the Portland
area looked most like their vision for the future of Oak Grove.
They said, "Northwest 23rd Avenue, where people are learning
to walk and ride transit more."
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