From Vacant to Vibrant

The stage at Boise Eliot Village Square

If you have driven by the SE corner of Fremont and Williams lately, you can see that something very colorful and exciting is happening there.

It is the Boise Eliot Village Square and it will be a public market place with live music, theatre, gospel on Sunday’s and some democracy and educational forums as well. The public market will be open on Friday and Saturday 12-8 and Sunday 12-6.

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Fetch is Home in Eliot

Fetch Doggie Daycare

Fetch Doggie Daycare is located at 2021 NE MLK and has been a part of the community since 2004.  New owners, Britt and Adam took the business over in 2009 and just celebrated their one year anniversary.  Fetch provides a safe, fun and loving environment for dogs to stay – whether it be just for the day or overnight.  They have 3,200 square feet of play space equipped with cushy furniture, play structures, toys, and a lot of love.

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A Review of Jumptown

When most people think of jazz, Portland, Oregon, is not the first place that comes to mind.  And yet, for a golden decade following World War II, the Eliot neighborhood, a thriving African American neighborhood that would soon be bulldozed for urban renewal, spawned a jazz heyday.  Such luminaries as: Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, Oscar Peterson, Dave Brubeck, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Dizzie Gillespie, Louis Armstrong, and local talent; Wardell Gray and Doc Severinsen headlined Portland clubs.  The fact that Portland was a port city with a busy railroad, and had a bustling shipbuilding industry, made it ripe to become a jazz Mecca.  Jumptown, by Robert Dietsche is a fascinating blend of music, politics, and social history.

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Why I Love Eliot

As a real estate agent focusing on Portland’s many “close-in” neighborhoods – some newer that are up and coming and others that are already established – I’m tasked with ongoing research about what each has to offer.  It is important to show new Portlanders all of their neighborhood choices to help them make their big decision.  My pitch when describing Eliot is that “I have lived here since 1994 and don’t plan on going anywhere anytime soon.”  I am sold on our central location.   I point out how we have such easy access to the freeways, 2 Max Lines, and many bus routes to choose from.   Not to mention the bike corridor on Williams and Vancouver and plans for Street Car in Eliot one day as well!  I fall more in love with our neighborhood every year. While walking through the neighborhood, I’m able to take in all of the new things that are going on, like home renovations, amazing gardens, and the new businesses.

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