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Welcome to Goose Hollow


  • Active/Proposed Construction Projects (here)
  • Block 7 -- Mill Creek has submitted an application for zone change request (combined document here) for the block just South of the MAC parking garage to allow underground parking for the MAC and multiple floors of rental units above.  More information about this project can be found on the Planning Committee page.
    • April 23 -- Last Block 7 Subcommittee meeting (6:30-9pm) at the First United Methodist Church [Room 202]; (public written testimony here) (final report) (meeting notes)
    • April 29 -- Special meeting of the GHFL Board (6:30-9:30pm) at the First United Methodist Church [Collins Hall].  In a split vote, the GHFL Board voted against the following motions: (1) opposing the zone change from RH to CX; and (2) supporting the zone change as presented in the application. (agenda) (MAC-Millcreek Presentation) (transcript)
    • May 21 -- Developer's hearing in front of City Counsel (9am) in Suite 2500a of the Portland Building (1900 SW 4th Ave.).  Public testimony was presented.
    • July 10 -- The land use hearings officer recommended to City Counsel that the zone change request be approved.
  • 1423 Columbia -- The planning committee is reviewing a proposed 4-story, 23 residential unit development with NO  PARKING at the former site of a historic house. (May 12, 2014 Design Review)
  • Parking Survey -- Data from a survey of over 250 residents, students, business owners, and employees in Goose Hollow have been gathered.  Version 2.0 of the draft report is now available. 
  • Our Future -- The GHFL is participating in the West Quadrant Plan to ensure that it in line with the principals of our Vision Plan completed 2013.  Open House: March 10 4-7pm at City Hall (1221 SW 4th Ave.).
  • Sign Caps -- Goose Hollow has now completed the largest sign cap installation in the city's history and complements the banner project completed 2010.
  • Proposed Can/Bottle Return Center -- The GHFL's Planning Committee has sent a letter in opposition to a can/bottle return center proposed for SW 17th & Burnside.

The Goose Hollow Foothills League Neighborhood Association, established in the 1970s, is host to four historic residential communities -- King's Hill, Gander Ridge, Vista Ridge, and the old boundaries of Goose Hollow itself (circa 1870s). (map)  A hundred years earlier, however, the name "Goose Hollow" applied pejoratively to only the lower elevations around the path of Tanner Creek that was the primary residence for a substantial goose population and to Chinese vegetable farmers.  A century ago, this creek was buried and the Tanner Creek Gulch infilled to form the basin of the bowl that is now modern-day Goose Hollow, an area that not only refers to the flats but also the adjacent heights (King's Hill, Vista Ridge, Gander Ridge) and Canyons (Tanner Creek Canyon, Cable Car Canyon).

The four areas that comprise Goose Hollow each have their own separate character.  The flats of Goose Hollow is an uptown area of older brick apartment houses and residential hotels mixed together with historic Queen Anne vernacular cottages as well as commercial and light industrial spaces.  The northern end of the historic Goose Hollow flats was briefly (in the 1920s) called the the Lownsdaledistrict, through that name was never historically significant.  The Goose Hollow area called King's Hill once hosted the residences of Portland's turn of the century wealthier merchants, now partly infilled with higher density apartments and offices.  Goose Hollow's Gander Ridge and Vista Ridge areas are at the east and west foot, respectively, of Portland Heights and at the south edge of Goose Hollow's bowl.

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