Where is it?

Nestled between the Willamette River and the Terwilliger Curves on I-5, South Portland’s John’s Landing, Lair Hill, Corbett, and South Waterfront neighborhoods are among West Portland’s oldest, maintaining small town charm while lying a stone’s throw from a bustling city.

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The South Portland Business Association is dedicated to improving the business climate of the defined geographic region by creating networking opportunities with business owners and stakeholders, hosting best practices seminars, seeking and implementing marketing opportunities for its members, and increasing communication amongst members which strengthens the business community allowing organized efforts to enhance our business district.

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John’s Landing is a narrow neighborhood tucked between the Willamette River, the South Waterfront, and I-5. Repurposed decades ago from an industrial sector  into a charming residential neighborhood filled with craftsmen homes, John’s Landing’s two main arteries are Macadam Avenue and Corbett Avenue, both lined with small businesses. Also home to the old Portland French School, John’s Landing has a unique charm not found elsewhere in Portland.



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South_portland_tramLair Hill

Home to one of the city’s oldest parks, Lair Hill is a mostly residential neighborhood close to downtown Portland. Large homes and apartment/condo complexes sprawl from Marquam Hill to the South Waterfront, making it an ideal location for families on the grow. Though the smallest neighborhood in the South Portland Business Association, Lair Hill is a vital & essential addition to the South Portland area.

South-Waterfront-present-contextSouth Waterfront

About ten years ago, the South Waterfront — the banks of the Willamette River stretching from approximately the Ross Island Bridge to the Sellwood Bridge — began its transformation from a depressed industrial sector to a well-manicured hub of private sector businesses and shimmering apartment/condo complexes: the residential counterpart to the Pearl District. But while development was delayed due to the Great Recession, the South Waterfront is bouncing back, especially as Portland becomes one of America’s most highly sought-after zip codes.


Corbett is an unincorporated community, almost its own town. Located in South Portland along the historic Columbia River Highway, Corbett has roots in Portland’s 19th century founding. Many of the areas in Corbett have experienced little change throughout the 20th century, maintaining a distinctly small town feeling.