A 2008 article in the Oregonian called Southeast Portland’s Lents neighborhood a “diamond in the rough.” Located just over six miles southeast of Downtown, Lents is one of Portland’s largest, oldest, and most diverse locations. Founded in 1892, Lents was built as a suburb of Portland, and wasn’t annexed to the city itself until 1912. The neighborhood is almost four square miles.
Lents has a great mix of residential communities while still being close to major roadways for easy access to other parts of town. In 2008, The City of Portland designated Lents an Urban Renewal Area, which continues to bring new shopping, food, drink, and music venues into this already bustling part of town.
Every Sunday from May 31st through the end of October, one can enjoy shopping for fresh produce at the Lents International Farmers Market. There is also live music, cooking demonstrations and special events for all to enjoy. Residents have a large array of shopping and dining options with only a 30 minute drive to downtown Portland and about 15 minutes to Clackamas Town Center.
Lents and Greenwood Parks are both hugely popular for community members. Nearby, Zenger Farms offers its neighbors fresh local food, as well as a chance to learn about sustainable food and community development. Neighbors also enjoy bike rides along the Woody Guthrie Trail.