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Goose Hollow

Goose Hollow
Goose Hollow

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Located between Portland's Old Town and the Pearl District, both in location and in aspect, lies Goose Hollow. This neighborhood includes some of the city's oldest homes and has an earlier-age charm while also enjoying close proximity to some of Portland's up and coming areas.

Goose Hollow's moniker originates from the tendency of some initial residents to allow geese to gallivant at will through the nearby hills. While pet geese may no longer roam these streets, the friendly atmosphere and beautiful countryside hearken to a simpler time. Goose Hollow finds itself at the base of Portland's sprawling Washington Park, the entry point to various other outdoor attractions, such as the International Rose Garden. But beware: only those prepared for a fairly steep trek should walk through the neighborhood up to the park. For everyone else, the streetcar has many stops and runs right through Goose Hollow and up to the ascending hills.

Many Portland landmarks are in Goose Hollow, such as PGE Park and Lincoln High School, the oldest high school in the Pacific Northwest. Journey up into Goose Hollow's King Hill and find some of Portland's oldest and most stately homes on tree-lined streets, a sort of architectural exhibit all on its own. Many homes are historical landmarks and marked by plaques, so to get a full appreciation of this area, try exploring the neighborhood on foot. The sweeping views of Portland are reason for a pause and shouldn't be glanced at through a rear view window. Running and biking enthusiasts will be challenged and pleased with Goose Hollow's steep inclines and rewarding vistas. For less adventurous folk, this area is car-accessible, traffic is light, and ample parking is available on residential streets.

For prime-time cartoon lovers out there, during your exploration of Goose Hollow, be sure to make a pit stop at a sidewalk at SW 18th Street to see a rendition of Bart Simpson creator Matt Groening (an alumnus of Lincoln High School) con the sidewalk.

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