One of Portland’s oldest neighborhood associations, the Downtown Neighborhood Association was formed in 1977 to improve the livability of the central city.

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About the Downtown Neighborhood Association

 

Portland Downtown Neighborhood Association is: people who live, work, go to school, or own businesses in Downtown Portland. We work together and with the city of Portland to improve safety and livability, address transportation and land use issues, and build community. The a PDNA is one of the primary sources of public input for city bureaus and officials as they make decisions about Downtown development. Through position statements, public testimony, and participation in citizen advisory groups, the PDNA and its members weigh in on critical decisions that shape the future of life in Downtown Portland. If you’re interested in getting involved, come to a meeting, become a member, and join our mailing list.

Downtown History

First Congregational Church

 

Completed in 1875, the bell tower of the First Congregational Church at SW Park and SW Main stands 175 feet tall. It’s a landmark in Downtown, and its height made the the church the tallest building in Portland for 60 or so years. Designed by Swiss architect Henry J. Hefty to resemble the Old South Church in Boston, the church is one of a few examples of Venetian Gothic architecture in the U.S., and its stained glass windows were created by Povey Brothers Studio in 1906. The church’s bell is still rung by pulling a rope, and can be heard every Sunday throughout the South Park Blocks.