For the past few decades, Portland took a hands off approach to the Central Eastside Industrial Area. The neighborhood with the squatty warehouses, freight traffic and hodgepodge of industrial businesses existed without much interference.

That’s about to change.

Later this year, Portland will approve new zoning rules for part of the district for the first time in 20 years. The Central Eastside’s proximity to downtown and it’s consistent performance as a job generator for middle class workers during the recession made it difficult to ignore. In many ways, the district is already changing. Software, technology and creative types are changing the fabric of the neighborhood.

We need to hear from you. What are your experiences with the Central Eastside? Do you work there, go to bars there or commute through the neighborhood each day? How would you like to see the neighborhood change during the next 20 years? Take our survey, and leave your comments below.

— Andrew Theen and Elliot Njus

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