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Changes in Milwaukie

Blog Post by Tammie Ellis (tammie@hshrealty.net)

Tammie Ellis grew up in Milwaukie, Oregon.

Tammie Ellis reminisces on Milwaukie, Oregon.

When I was in high school, the only time we went to Main Street in Milwaukie was to grab a slice at Pietro’s Pizza. Afterward, we’d sometimes bowl a few games next door at Kellogg Bowl. As an adult, the same area became mostly a shortcut on my way to other places. It was a hop, skip, and a jump to the Sellwood Bridge, or a short trip via McLaughlin Blvd to either I205 or back towards downtown. For most, it has  been a not so secret way to beat traffic. But now with all of the improvements to the area, like the waterfront improvement project, the light rail, and not to mention the farmers market. It seems like Main Street Milwaukie and the surrounding area is quickly becoming a destination rather than a shortcut.

Kellogg Bowl in Milwaukie, near Portland Oregon.

Kellogg Bowl in Milwaukie, near Portland, Oregon. (Image courtesy: David Burn)

I am so surprised every time I discover something new about the area. In fact, when I was asked to do an open house on Lava Drive, I thought “where the heck is Lava Drive?” To my surprise, it’s only a short walk from Main Street on the Willamette River. Technically I guess it is more like a half block walk from Main Street across the McLaughlin crosswalk, onto 17th, and then another block to Lava Drive. Either way, who knew there are condos on the Willamette River? The Lava Drive condos and surrounding apartments, homes, and businesses are going to benefit from the waterfront improvement in so many ways. Imagine, coffee at one of the cute coffee spots on Main street, a quick stop at the farmers market, a walk around the new waterfront park then back home. WOW what a life on the Lava Drive!

The Willamette River in Milwaukie, Oregon.

The Willamette River in Milwaukie, Oregon. (Image courtesy : Jeff Hart)

Read more about The Waterfront Improvement Project here. 

Come Meet Tammie at Our Lava Drive Open House on Saturday, February 28th, 2015 from 2pm to 4pm! Welcome Home!

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