Sullivan’s Gulch Neighborhood

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Sullivan’s Gulch Neighborhood is between Broadway and I-84, and NE 16th to NE 33rd. It is close to Lloyd Center, walking distance to the Broadway MAX, and really close to downtown. The reason it is called Sullivan’s Gulch is because it was a deep gulch valley like area that was hard to build on. The RR tracks went through it. 84 was completed in 1975 through the gulch. You can read more about it below in the history segment!
Sullivan’s Gulch is a mixture of beautiful Craftsman Bungalows, Old PDX, Victorian and a lot of condo conversions- most created from cool historic buildings with hardwood floors and character. There are also quite a few apartments, everything kind of mixed together with the commercial, restaurants and pubs. It is a very dense compact neighborhood, well established, has some large older homes on tree-lined streets, also some pretty cool quirky vintage apartments, and newer condos and apartment buildings. Sullivan’s Gulch Neighborhood is a good place to live if you want to be able to walk or ride your bike everywhere or take public transit- the shopping and restaurants nearby are awesome. It is very close to Broadway and Weidler and all the commercial things on those streets, plus Lloyd Center is nearby. They recently built a New Seasons that is walkable for the entire neighborhood too.There are also lots of different types alternative medicine, like chiropractor, Naturopathic doctors in this neighborhood too. I think that singles, young and retired couples and professionals would probably most enjoy this neighborhood.
If you like tree lined streets, parks and green spaces, this probably isn’t the place for you. It is much more urban, and 84 runs through it, which is a heavily traveled freeway, so much of the neighborhood is noisy. You are also right up against Lloyd Center, a huge shopping mall. There is one park, Holladay park, but it isn’t very big compared to others in Portland, more of a small urban park.
Read more in our neighborhood guide about Lloyd. Hollywood Sellwood, and all the other neighborhoods and suburbs of Portland.

Parks in Sullivan’s Gulch Neighborhood

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Holladay park is more of an urban park than a greenspace, but it is really pretty with fountains, grass, trees and paths. It is a greenspace in a compact urban setting, reminding me almost of a villlage square.

History of  Sullivan’s Gulch Neighborhood

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portland neighborhood guide, sullivan's gulch neighborhood

This shows Sullivan’s Gulch with just the RR running through it

Timothy Sullivan first claimed the land, 320 acres, in 1851. He built a cabin on the south edge of the gulch. Back then it was mostly forest with a stream running through the gulch, filled with wildlife and fish! Sullivan’s Spring was near the cabin. When he died in 1865, his daughter, who was one of the Sisters of Providence Order, donated it to the order.
The RR came into the gulch in 1888, the gulch was filled in quite a bit to keep it from flooding, and it became an industrial zone. The city of Portland thought about building a freeway through the gulch way back in 1926, but then the depression came, and then the war, so it didn’t get approval until 1947. It took quite a while for it to be completed through the whole gorge, but finally was in 1975.
To the right are some historic photos of Sullivan’s Gulch and the Crossing:

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