Because residential and commercial rent is still (at present) fairly reasonable, SE Portland is where dreamers come to incubate and grow their first businesses. Think of it as Portland's entrepreneurial laboratory, increasingly home to first-time chefs with those so-crazy-they-just-might-work ideas. It's also the city’s hippest district—you need look no further than the eclectic boutiques, cafes and eateries lining Belmont Street and Hawthorne Boulevard. And lately, the Division/Clinton district is becoming known as a destination for good food and drinks. Southeast is also home to family neighborhoods too, like Sellwood, which has a small town, city-within-a-city feel, and Reed, which is home to the city's—and state's—most liberal college. And despite its miles of bungalow and two-story homes, the southeast is also a playground for outdoors enthusiasts—you can bike the Springwater Corridor or hike Mt. Tabor, the city's dormant volcano, and, if you're brave enough, descend it in your own homemade race car during the city's annual Adult Soapbox Derby.


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