The colors of inner East Portland

The side streets of inner East Portland are a fantastic medley of style and color.

Almost all of the houses were built between 1890 and 1940, and share the charm that age confers on buildings that are cared for.

What raises the neighborhoods from charming to enchanted, though, are the colors. The beiges and grays of suburban houses are nowhere to be found. Almost every owner is daring, and almost every dare succeeds: Main and Salmon and Taylor and Yamhill are lined with innumerable subtle shades of brown and green and yellow and blue and purple; main colors complementing trim colors with invariable beauty.

Even under a deadening gray sky, the streets live and give life. They make Portland the great walking town it is.

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