Years ago, when you mentioned Alberta Street, people thought of a north Portland neighborhood with declining vintage homes. It was a vibrant neighborhood back then but wasn't known as an arts district or trendy destination by far and it wasn't without its problems.
Today, like most areas of Portland, the Albert Street area is an amazing eclectic and colorful place to walk and savor the sights and smells wafting from food carts and bistros. People line up at respected restaurants such as Pine State Biscuits for breakfast. And others top off their lunches with a scoop of Salt & Straw ice cream.
On the last Thursday of the month. Alberta Street restaurants, shops and local artists display their wares in what is described as a colorful evening street fair. Last Thursday is a community grown event, free to all artists and art vendors, musicians, performers & visitors. Last Thursday happens year round but during the peak summer months the street is closed from 6:00-9:30 to all vehicle traffic (May-September).
And, during the warmer months there are events such as the Alberta Street Fair.
In between these exciting events, you can catch the festive spirit just by walking down one side of the street and up the other. During the recent Columbia River Volkssport Club walk event, they routed us on Alberta walking the blocks between NE 30th and 10th.
It was a great walk going by many interesting restaurants, shops and murals. It is only by walking a street such as Alberta Street that you can gain a full appreciation for the transition that this neighborhood has undergone.