Overview & History




Organization Overview

The Pearl District Neighborhood Association (PDNA) is one of Portland’s 95 Neighborhood Associations. We are volunteers who live, work, or own property in the Pearl District. We work together to keep the neighborhood clean, safe, and fun.


Neighborhood Committees

We currently have five active committees. Each committee is assigned tasks to make our community a better place to live and visit.

If you have an interest in forming a committee such as sustainability or any other interest you have, let us know.


Neighborhood History

The Pearl is an industrial neighborhood that has evolved into an urban neighborhood. Originally part of the 1869 Couch Addition, the neighborhood housed rail yards, warehouses, breweries and a residential development around the North Park Blocks. As transportation patterns increasingly shifted away from rail and toward automobiles and highways, the district emptied. Around the mid-20th century, its low rents attracted artists and business start-ups. By the end of the same century, the Pearl was the focus of multiple urban design studies, committees and commissions intent on creating a dense, walkable, multi-use neighborhood that would epitomize the concept of urban renewal.