Lents / the place
Lents is the crossroads of the eastside. A diverse neighborhood with more than 20,000 residents, Lents has always been part of the transition from bustling Portland to the countryside of eastern Multnomah and Clackamas counties.
Lents is three square miles of East Portland, extending about 12 blocks in either direction from Interstate 205, from the Clackamas County line on the south to Powell Boulevard on the north. There are several distinct communities within the Lents neighborhood:
- Foster Corridor: Lents’ main business district extends along Foster Road, from 82nd to 104th avenues. It enjoys excellent transportation access and is the focus of economic development efforts in the community.
- The Lents Townsite: Areas immediately southwest, northwest and northeast of the intersection of 92nd Avenue and Foster Road are part of the original Lents townsite, featuring many pre-World War I homes.
- Freeway Lands: A former lumber mill, now a manufacturing and employment center for East Portland. Near Interstate 205.
- Lents Park: Centered around the 38-acre open space at 92nd and Holgate, this area contains a mix of early century bungalows and mid-century ranch homes.
- 82nd Avenue of Roses: An area that developed in the beginning of the strip mall era of the 1960s, includes Eastport Plaza shopping center and several small businesses and auto-oriented developments.
- Formerly unincorporated areas: Housing that was originally part of unincorporated Multnomah County. Streets do not generally follow the grid system; more houses tend to be ranch-style/midcentury construction. This area is generally north of Harold Street and east of Interstate 205.
- Mount Scott: Generally post-1990 houses on the slopes of Mount Scott. These homes enjoy stellar views of the Portland metropolitan area and the Cascade Mountains.
- South of Flavel: A mix of small ranches, rental housing and mid-century homes.
Lents has one of Portland’s most comprehensive transportation systems, and is the only Metro-designated town center with an Interstate highway and light rail access.
- Interstate 205: Portland’s bypass for Interstate 5 passes through the Lents Town Center, connecting the neighborhood with nearby Clackamas, Oregon City and Vancouver as well as providing easy access from Interstate 84.
- MAX Green Line: TriMet’s fifth light rail line extends from the Clackamas Town Center (12 minutes) to the Rose Quarter (25 minutes) and downtown Portland (35 minutes), with service every 15 to 30 minutes. Transfer at Gateway Transit Center to Red Line (airport) and Blue Line (Gresham/Hillsboro).
- •Springwater Corridor: This dedicated bikeway connects Lents with Milwaukie, Sellwood and downtown Portland to the west and Powellhurst-Gilbert, Gresham and Boring to the east. A 21-mile long paved path, the Springwater generally follows Johnson Creek and rests on the former tracks of the Portland Traction Company railroad. Bike to natural areas like Oaks Bottom, Tideman Johnson and Powell Butte.
- 205 path/Woodie Guthrie Trail: Following Interstate 205 from Vancouver to Gladstone, the 205 bike path is a dedicated bikeway. In many places, it crosses over or under major streets. Also known as the Woodie Guthrie Trail for the folk singer/songwriter who once lived in Lents.
- Foster Road: This was once the route from Portland to Philip Foster Farm near Estacada, and was the route along with Oliver P. Lent chose to establish his townsite. Today, Foster Road extends from downtown Portland (via direct connection from Hawthorne Blvd./50th Avenue) to Damascus.
- Buses: Seven bus routes serve Lents, including the 9-Powell (to downtown, NE Portland and Gresham), 10-Harold (to downtown and Powellhurst-Gilbert), 14-Hawthorne/Foster (to downtown), 17-Holgate (to downtown, NW Portland and Powellhurst-Gilbert), 19-Woodstock (to downtown and the Gateway Dist.), 71-60th/122nd (to Powellhurst-Gilbert, Parkrose and inner SE) and 72-82nd Avenue (to Clackamas, NE Portland and Swan Island).
- Other arterials: Powell Boulevard/U.S. 26, Holgate Boulevard and Woodstock Boulevard all provide quick car connections to downtown Portland. 82nd Avenue of Roses is the main arterial for East Portland, with a vibrant commercial district.