The Piedmont Neighborhood, historically called The Emerald, is bounded by Columbia Blvd to the north; Ainsworth Avenue to the south; MLK Blvd to the East; and the I-5 freeway to the west. The adjacent neighborhoods are Arbor Lodge and Kenton to the west, Woodlawn to the east, and Humboldt to the south.
Origami is a 15-minute drive, 20-minute bike ride, or 35-minute transit ride to downtown Portland. It's a 10-minute drive to many Eastside job centers like Kaiser Permanente, Legacy Emmanuel Hospital Complex, Adidas campus, Swan Island, and the Portland Community College (PCC) Cascade Campus. PCC is a major presence in the Piedmont area and many residents are also students or faculty. The PDX Airport is a 20-minute drive away.
Origami is within a 10-minute walk to two large city parks: Farragut and Peninsula Park. Farragut has a playground, splash pad, basketball court, and picnic tables. Peninsula contains a major community center, swimming pool, picnic area, basketball court, tennis courts, horseshoe pit, playground, soccer field, softball field, splash pad, and historic stage. Peninsula has the city’s first public rose garden and first community center, a historically designated bandstand, and Portland’s second oldest playground.
Mississippi Avenue is a 15-minute bike ride southwest of Origami; a bustling street of independent boutique stores, cafés, bars, and local restaurants. Being quintessential Portland, Mississippi Avenue is one of the top local and tourist destinations in Portland, Oregon if not the top on the Eastside of Portland.
Kenton is a 10-minute bike ride to the west of Origami and was originally a company town for the Swift Meat Packing company and is one of the few examples of a complete company town in the Unites States. This master plan gives the area a distinct town center which includes a library, restaurants, retail shops, a historic hotel, and the famed building sized statue of Paul Bunyan.
THE WILLIAMS DISTRICT
Williams Avenue offers nationally recognized local restaurants, independent retail shops, and boutiques. The epicenter of the Williams/Vancouver commercial hub, is a 10-minute bike ride south of Origami.
This rapidly emerging community hub is a 5-minute bike ride to the east of Origami and is centered around a historic firehouse and includes brew pubs, restaurants, cafes and a bike shop.
ALBERTA ARTS DISTRICT
Alberta Arts District known for its eclectic independent shops is a street filled with shops, galleries, bars, and restaurants. Every last Thursday of the month, the street comes alive with a street fair.
BIKE FRIENDLY LIVING
Bicycle commuting to downtown and beyond is easy and convenient thanks to numerous bike lanes and shared streets that connect to the city-wide bike network. Biking to downtown from Origami takes about 20-minutes. The website walkscore.com rates Origami a Bike Score of 91: “Biker’s Paradise” (mostly flat, excellent bike lanes).