Southeast Stark Street Business District Revives Montavilla’s Glory Days

So many Portland stories have something to do with creativity, forward-thought and collaboration. The story about the burgeoning Stark Street business district in the Montavilla neighborhood is just such a feel-good story that I’m eager to write.

Part of the larger Montavilla/East Tabor Business Association, the area along SE Stark Street between 82nd and 75th has been experiencing explosive growth in the past few years—most of that in the last year. Calling it “up and coming” just seems wrong; after all, it was first platted in 1889 and enjoyed a heyday that lasted for decades in the early-to-mid 20th century. But when grocery chain Fred Meyer moved out of the area, it seemed that one by one other anchor businesses left as well.

To read this story in its entirety, please visit Neighborhood Notes.

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