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Historic Produce Row Walking Tour

  • Jan 25, 2014 · 1:00 PM
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For well over a hundred years the East Side industrial district was a hub for wholesale food distribution throughout the Pacific Northwest. In recent years, this area of abandoned warehouses and crumbling brick structures has been transformed into a magnet for forward-looking entrepreneurs. Still maintaining its image as Produce Row, a variety of disversified businesses have moved into the area including coffee roasters, restaurants, delis, breweries and a mix of trendy retailers. This avant garde ambiance is enhanced by the conversion of several warehouses into artist's lofts. Join us for a view of Portland's past meeting its future in the "Central Eastside Industrial District".

This tour covers about two miles and lasts 2 hours. Easy but brisk walk.

All events start promptly at time indicated for event.

Cost is $10. You can pay on-line in advance or at the start of the tour in cash.

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  • Rhonda C.

    REPURPOSING!!! That's the whole plan for historical Produce Row!! Growing fast but wisely!!!!

    February 4, 2014

  • Rhonda C.

    Correction!!! Please note the name of the restaurant
    that houses the paintings of the highlights of the area is called PRODUCE ROW CAFE. Thanks Cheri for correcting me. xo

    February 4, 2014

  • Rhonda C.

    Now that I have experienced a walking tour of that area of Portland and have an understanding of it's history and present refurbishment, I have a greater appreciation for the wise people that care to maintain the area and put the historical warehouses to better use. It is wonderful to see the entrepenuership. I will visit the area and businesses more frequently. Well worth seeing!!!
    My oldest son, Roll Hardy, has his paintings of the highlights of this historic part of Portland displayed inside the Raw Produce Cafe. Roll graduated from the Pacific NW College of Art in the early 2000s here in Portland. And he has flourished in his artwork with a unique niche of abandoned and dilapidated buildings around Portland especially, and Oregon and Washington. The City of Portland commissioned him to sit on the Portland Art Council presently, and he loves promoting the local artists here. You can learn more at It was a real pleasure for me to see his work on the tour!!!!

    February 1, 2014

  • Judith C.

    Very enjoyable

    January 26, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Even though I have visited this area in years past, I gained new appreciation and knowledge about the history and architecture of Produce Row.

    January 25, 2014

  • Eric W.

    A clear, cool afternoon walk through a century-old warehouse district that is now home to dozens of visionary start-ups as well as some long-time Portland businesses.

    January 25, 2014

  • Claudette

    Thanks Eric for a delightful informative tour.

    January 25, 2014

  • cheri a.

    Hello Eric! It has been a while since I've enjoyed your walks. (Other stuff going on) But I am really looking forward to getting back into the groove with your very enjoyable Portland city walks. See you soon.

    January 13, 2014

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