Students living in Portland, OR are served by six different school districts: Portland Public, Centennial, Reynolds, Parkrose, Riverdale, and David Douglas. Each district includes challenging curricula that enriches the lives of students so that they can move forward into the collegiate world and working environment as responsible citizens within the community. For alternative schooling options, residents of Southwest Portland may send their children to a number of private or parochial schools located in and around the area.
Southwest Portland residents also have the option of attending area colleges and universities such as Portland State University, which is located in the southernmost portion of Downtown Portland. Princeton Review has named Portland State University as the "Best in the West" and as a "College with a Conscience," and has also been recognized by US News & World Report in 2007 as being in the fourth tier as a research university. Other public universities in the area include Oregon Health and Science University and Portland Community College. For those who are interested in attending a private college or university, Portland is home to a number of highly esteemed campuses including Concordia University, Lewis & Clark College, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Reed College, University of Portland, Cascade College, Western Culinary Institute, Art Institute of Portland, Northwest Film Center, Warner Pacific College, Multnomah Bible College and Biblical Seminary and Linfield College, among a list of many others.
The steel industry once served as the economic foundation to the Portland area prior to World War II. Since then, Portland's economy has moved on to the manufacturing and technology sectors in addition to serving as the third largest port on the west coast.
Residents of Southwest Portland are fortunate to live in a metropolitan region where the economy is not only strong and stable, but the workforce is abundant, motivated, and highly educated. Several industries are located within the Portland metropolitan area due to the fact that access to resources, low energy cost, and access to large marine shipping facilities and intercontinental railroads make it viable for a number of industries to thrive.
Many manufacturing companies are based in and around the Portland metro area, providing residents with ample employment opportunities. Portland has earned the nickname of "Silicon Forest" as the city serves as the manufacturing headquarters for Intel. The city is also home to the regional headquarters for sports company Adidas, in addition to Yakima Products, Columbia Sportswear, and Nike.
Attractions & Points of Interest
Southwest Portland residents have a number of areas of interest to visit since the area is comprised of many neighborhoods that include a variety of recreational, cultural, and educational sites. If you're new to Southwest Portland, a great place to start your tour is no other than Downtown Portland. Downtown is situated between the I-405 loop and the Willamette River and is anchored by the Pioneer Courthouse Square. Areas of interest include the Wells Fargo Center, recognized as the state's tallest building at over 540 feet; the Meier & Frank Building, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and whose bottom floors now serve as a Macy's department store and the upper levels have been converted into an upscale hotel known as The Nines; the Pioneer Place Mall; Portland City Hall; the Portland Art Museum; Tom McCall Waterfront Park; the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall; and the Multnomah County Courthouse, to name a few.
Once you've completed your tour of the downtown district, other attractions that cannot be missed include a lengthy visit to the local colleges and universities in the area as they produce some of the top intellectuals of the state. If you're looking to take a home tour and admire some of the most unique architecture in this part of Multnomah County, then you'll want to take a drive out to the neighborhoods of South Burlingame, Hillsdale, and Multnomah. Each of these neighborhoods includes their own charming neighborhood parks and retails shops. The Multnomah neighborhood houses three historic buildings including the 1925 Masonic Lodge, the Multnomah School (now the Multnomah Art Center), and the Nelson Thomas Building.
Other points of interest include the site of North America's deepest transit station, Washington Park; the International Rose Test Garden; Portland Japanese Garden; the Oregon Zoo; and the South Willamette Riverfront.