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Beginning in the 1960s, Portland is frequently recognized as one of the world's most environmentally conscious cities because of its high walkability, large community of bicyclists, farm-to-table dining, expansive network of public transportation options, and over 10,000 acres (4,000 hectares) of public parks.
As a result, Portland consistently ranks highly in quality of life in the United States.
The Willamette River, which flows north through downtown, serves as the natural boundary between east and west Portland.
The denser and earlier-developed west side extends into the lap of the West Hills, while the flatter east side fans out for roughly 180 blocks until it meets the suburb of Gresham.
In 1891 the cities of Portland, Albina, and East Portland were consolidated, creating inconsistent patterns of street names and addresses.
The "great renumbering" on September 2, 1931 standardized street naming patterns, divided Portland into five official quadrants, and changed house numbers from 20 per block to 100 per block.
Nearby Powell Butte and Rocky Butte rise to 614 feet (187 m) and 612 feet (187 m), respectively. Other bridges outside the downtown area include the Sellwood Bridge (built 2016) to the south; and the St.Portland is the largest and most populous city in the U. As of 2018, Portland had an estimated population of 653,115, Approximately 2.4 million people live in the Portland metropolitan statistical area (MSA), making it the 25th most populous in the United States. It is a major port in the Willamette Valley region of the Pacific Northwest, at the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia rivers.Its Combined Statistical Area (CSA) ranks 19th-largest with a population of around 3.2 million.Approximately 60% of Oregon's population resides within the Portland metropolitan area.