Lloyd District, Portland, Oregon

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Lloyd District
Coordinates: 45°31′51″N122°39′38″W / 45.53079°N 122.66065°W / 45.53079; -122.66065 Coordinates: 45°31′51″N122°39′38″W / 45.53079°N 122.66065°W / 45.53079; -122.66065 PDF map
Country United States
State Oregon
City Portland
  Association Lloyd District Community Association
  Total0.43 sq mi (1.11 km2)

The Lloyd District is a primarily commercial neighborhood in the North and Northeast sections of Portland, Oregon. It is named after Ralph Lloyd (18751953), [2] a California rancher, oilman, and real estate developer who moved to and started the development of the area. [3]


Description and history

The Lloyd District is bounded by the Willamette River on the west, NE Broadway on the north, NE 18th Ave. on the east, and Interstate 84 on the south. Adjacent neighborhoods are Eliot and Irvington to the north, Sullivan's Gulch (with which it slightly overlaps) on the east, Kerns on the south, and Old Town Chinatown (via the Steel and Broadway bridges over the Willamette) to the west.

The area west of Interstate 5 is called the Rose Quarter, home of the Moda Center (originally Rose Garden Arena) and Memorial Coliseum. Prior to urban renewal in the 1950s, this area was an African American residential community, including many who had lost their homes in the Vanport flood of 1948. [4]

Most of the district lies east of I-5, where the Oregon Convention Center and Lloyd Center Mall are the principal landmarks. The area includes restaurants, shops, hotels, movie theatres, condominiums and apartments, and office buildings (the largest being the Lloyd Center Tower, standing at 20 floors and 290 feet).

The neighborhood is accessible using public transportation. TriMet buses and MAX trains provide frequent service in the district, as well as a commuter express bus route form Vancouver via C-Tran. It is served by all four lines of the MAX light rail system. Four Blue Line and Red Line stations (Rose Quarter Transit Center, Convention Center, Northeast 7th Ave, and Lloyd Center/Northeast 11th Ave) and one Yellow Line station (Interstate/Rose Quarter) are within the district. The Portland Streetcar system began serving the district in 2012, with the opening of a new east-side line, originally called the Central Loop; this was renamed the Loop Service in 2015.

From 2001 to 2012, TriMet's Fareless Square covered a narrow portion of the Lloyd District, making bus and MAX service free in the designated area (which included all four MAX stations within the district). However, free rides on buses were discontinued in January 2010, the fareless area being renamed the "Free Rail Zone", [5] and even the free light rail service was discontinued effective September 1, 2012. [6]


The Lloyd District viewed from the northwest. LloydDistrictPano.jpg
The Lloyd District viewed from the northwest.

Several high-rise apartment complexes are under construction along the Holladay Street corridor. [7] The first development is the 657-apartment, Hassalo on Eighth, composed of three buildings on a superblock, and including over 1,000 bike parking spaces. [8] It topped out in February 2015, and was completed in October 2015. [9] [10] Oregon Square, a 1,030-apartment development by American Assets Trust, is under consideration for across Holladay on the site of several low-rise office buildings. [11] A 100,000 square feet (9,300 m2) public plaza would be constructed in the center of the block. [12] Further East, 980 apartments are proposed for the site of the Regal Lloyd Center 10 movie theater. [13]

A 174-room Red Lion hotel, built in 1962 as the Cosmopolitan Motor Hotel, was purchased for $12.5 million in 2013 by Grand Ventures Hotel. [14] After a $15 million renovation from 2013–2015, it reopened as the upscale Hotel Eastlund. [15]

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TriMet, formally known as the Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon, is a public agency that operates mass transit in a region that spans most of the Portland metropolitan area in the U.S. state of Oregon. Created in 1969 by the Oregon legislature, the district replaced five private bus companies that operated in the three counties: Multnomah, Washington, and Clackamas. TriMet started operating a light rail system, MAX, in 1986, which has since been expanded to five lines that now cover 59.7 miles (96.1 km), as well as the WES Commuter Rail line in 2009. It also provides the operators and maintenance personnel for the city of Portland-owned Portland Streetcar system. In 2021, the system had a ridership of 44,508,200, or about 148,500 per weekday as of the first quarter of 2022.

Fareless Square was an area within central Portland, Oregon, where all rides on TriMet buses and light rail and the Portland Streetcar were free. It primarily consisted of the downtown area and, after 2001, the Lloyd District. It existed from January 1975 through August 2012, but was briefly renamed the Free Rail Zone in January 2010 after its coverage became limited to light rail and streetcar service, with bus rides no longer being free. The TriMet board decided in June 2012 to discontinue the Free Rail Zone primarily to help fill a large shortfall in the agency's budget, and the action was one component of a package of extensive budget cuts which also included service reductions and fare increases. The Free Rail Zone ended on August 31, 2012.

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<span class="mw-page-title-main">Lloyd Center/Northeast 11th Avenue station</span> Light rail station in Portland, Oregon, U.S.

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<span class="mw-page-title-main">Lloyd Center</span> Shopping mall in Portland, Oregon, United States

Lloyd Center is a shopping mall in the Lloyd District of Portland, Oregon, United States, just northeast of downtown. It is owned by Arrow Retail of Dallas. The mall features three floors of shopping with the third level serving mostly as professional office spaces, a food court, and U.S. Education Corporation's Carrington College. There are currently no anchors in the mall. There are vacant anchor spaces left by Macy's, Marshalls, Nordstrom, and Sears. Junior anchors include Barnes & Noble and Ross Dress for Less.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Oregon Convention Center</span> Convention center in Portland, Oregon, U.S.

The Oregon Convention Center is a convention center in Portland, Oregon. Completed in 1989 and opened in 1990, it is located on the east side of the Willamette River in the Lloyd District neighborhood. It is best known for the twin spire towers, which provide light into the building's interior and for housing the world's largest Foucault pendulum. The center is owned by Metro, the Portland area's regional government, and operated by the Metropolitan Exposition and Recreation Commission, a subsidiary of Metro.

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<span class="mw-page-title-main">Lents Town Center/Southeast Foster Road station</span>

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<span class="mw-page-title-main">Hotel Eastlund</span> Hotel in Portland, Oregon, U.S.

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