Northbound Streetcar at Jamison Square
It's impossible to say whether the Pearl District would have grown anywhere near as fast as it has over the last decade or so if the Portland Streetcar hadn't connected it so conveniently to Downtown Portland. But this much we can say with absolutely certainty: the Streetcar has accelerated the process of converting a down-on-its-luck warehouse district into a yuppie paradise. While we were taking photos in this area, in the heart of the Pearl, a passer-by suggested we take photos of dogs, as "dogs are what this neighborhood is all about." Indeed.