Discover Portland's Mississippi Neighborhood
Home to live music, locally owned shops, and unique bars
Trendy North Mississippi Avenue is in the Boise-Eliot neighborhood. Bordered by the Overlook, Humboldt, King, and Eliot neighborhoods, North Mississippi is centrally located for convenient commuting to Vancouver or Downtown Portland. This street is also close to other exciting areas, like the Alberta Arts District and up-and-coming North Williams Avenue, so it’s the perfect home base for exploring.
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Mississippi Neighborhood Real Estate
Homes in Boise-Eliot range from charming Victorian cottages to Craftsman to East Portland styles that have plenty of historic character. And don’t forget about the new urban-style lofts for those who want something a little more modern. This neighborhood gives you the best of urban living, cultural diversity, and small-town community.
It’s no surprise that home prices have gone sky-high over the past several years. This neighborhood is in demand and the real estate prices show it! Apartments and rental homes are pricier in this area when compared to other parts of Portland.
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Date Night: Eat & Drink
Ready for a night out? There are plenty of options in North Mississippi, whether you love live music, romantic dinners, or unique shopping. Plan your date night with some of our favorite options!
The neighborhood is full of families and young people alike, and it’s welcoming towards all. With a strong sense of community, the area is walkable and safe.
Celebrate community throughout the year at a variety of fun, family-friendly events. Check out 2nd Thursdays, which feature local artwork and the annual Mississippi Street Fair, held in July.
These events bolster local businesses and organizations while showcasing the neighborhood’s incredible food, music, and art offerings.
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Shopping & Businesses
From gifts to home décor, there are plenty of local shops and businesses to check out!
Parks & Green Spaces
Denorval Unthank Park is the only park that is technically in the Boise-Eliot neighborhood, however, there are plenty of other options close by! Most of these parks have fantastic amenities, such as playgrounds and sports fields.
- Denorval Unthank Park: Baseball field, basketball court, soccer field, playground
- Patton Community Garden
- Overlook Park: Baseball field, basketball court, dog off-leash area, playground, soccer field, softball field, track and volleyball court
- Two Plum Park
- Lillis-Albina Park: Playground, soccer field, softball field
- King School Park: Basketball court, playground, soccer field, softball field, tennis court, and track
- Beach Community Garden
- Irving Park: Baseball field, basketball court, dog off-leash area, horseshoe pit, playground, soccer field, softball field, lighted tennis court, and volleyball court
- Peninsula Park: Basketball and tennis courts, gymnasium, paved paths, gorgeous old rose garden, play structures, and outdoor swimming pool.
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Things to Do & See in Mississippi
Featuring blocks of quirky shops, fun bars, top-notch music venues, and locally owned restaurants, North Mississippi Avenue has something for everyone. Scroll here for highlights of our favorite things to do and see in Mississippi.
Mississippi Studios: Live music venue and recording studio owned by Jim Brunberg and Kevin Cradock. Venue was formerly a Baptist church, but has since been completely rebuilt and enlarged, partially using materials from the church.
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History of VanPort / Mississippi
The VanPort tragedy of 1948 plays a significant role in the neighborhood’s past. Built in the 1940s, VanPort (today called Delta Park) was a wartime housing development for defense employees and their families. VanPort was deeply segregated and after the war, many Black Americans remained since they had few other housing options. In fact, the only Portland neighborhood where Black people could legally live was the Albina neighborhood, which was too small for the population.
The Columbia River flooded in May of 1948 and VanPort, Oregon’s second-largest city, was destroyed in a single day. Over 18,000 refugees sought safety in Portland. Many went to the Albina-Mississippi area.
In the 1960s, Interstate 5 was built, and it ran right through the neighborhood. This essentially destroyed the community. Not only were homes demolished and not replaced, but the interstate fundamentally damaged the character of the area. The neighborhood continued its decline into the 1980s, when crime was rampant.
Portland started a revitalizing effort in the 1990s to improve public safety and upgrade housing. Today, the neighborhood is safe and so desirable that housing prices have skyrocketed with many individuals and families clamoring to be a part of its unique spirit.