Aerial View of Eliot Neighborhood 1955
Houses, houses, houses! In 1955 houses dominated the landscape in Eliot. This view of Eliot from above was taken as part of a larger photo of the downtown area. The image shows the neighborhood before the massive changes that came in the 60’s and 70’s. Memorial Coliseum had not yet been built, I-5 had not yet tore through the neighborhood, the Emanual Hospital campus had not yet sprawled into the neighborhood and Fremont was just a street (not quite in the picture) and not also a bridge. Also worth noticing, Lower Albina still had homes, Albina park was square, the grid pattern covered most of the area, and the now vacant lots around Russell near Williams and Vancouver had buildings.
Aerial View of Eliot Neighborhood c 2012
Eliot neighborhood is a much different place now. Luckily some of homes on the east side of the neighborhood made it through “Urban Renewal”. It’s easy to see how the neighborhood lost around 50% of it’s housing when comparing the 2 pictures.