Maywood Park, Oregon

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Maywood Park is a city in Multnomah County, Oregon. The name came from a comment made by the wife of the man who developed the original subdivision, E.F. Taylor, who remarked one winter night how attractive the woods were in May.[citation needed] An enclave within the city of Portland, the residents of the city voted to incorporate in 1967 in an unsuccessful attempt to stop the construction of Interstate 205. The population was 777 at the 2000 census.



In 1926, the city of Portland expanded Sandy Blvd through NE Portland to become a four lane highway, linking Portland with all points east. This expansion allowed much more development to take place in the Parkrose district, which at the time was primarily farmland. Beneath the eastern shadow of Rocky Butte, there existed a relatively untouched section of land that was a thick semi-old growth conifer forest. A triangular plot was purchased soon after by the Columbia Realty Company. Soon thereafter, the Maywood Park subdivision was plotted.

In 1930, Columbia Realty was bought out by Commonwealth, Inc. Under the direction of Robert H. Strong, Commonwealth took control of Maywood Park. The intention of the new developer was to build a neighborhood that would be of the same class as the Laurelhurst and Eastmoreland neighborhoods in southeast Portland.

During the Great Depression, Maywood Park grew slowly throughout the 1930s. By the end of the decade though, home sales began to take off and in March 1939 there were 23 new homes under construction totaling a value of about $140,000, quite a large sum at the time. People were drawn to the neighborhood because it was far from the city center, but was easily accessible by automobile using Sandy Blvd. Another large draw was that, unlike the immediate surrounding area, Maywood Park was completely shrouded by huge conifer trees.

During World War II, the Federal Government constructed war worker housing in the surrounding area, known as Parkrose. This development was far different from the homes in Maywood Park with their mixed and sometimes eclectic styles of architecture, beautiful landscapes and tree shaded surroundings.

Highway development

After the passing of the Federal Aid Highway Act of 1956 and the subsequent construction of Interstate 5 through central Portland, it became apparent that the I-5 bypass of I-205 was to be routed through Maywood Park. Buoyed by a highway commission statement which stated that no highway should be pushed through an incorporated city without the city’s approval, the citizens voted to incorporate in 1967. The new city, now armed with more rights than would be afforded to a neighborhood, set out to dismantle the growing effort of the Oregon State Highway Commission to route I-205 through the city.

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