The Main Street movement has transformed the way communities think about the revitalization and management of their commercial districts. The Main Streets Approach® is a community-driven, comprehensive strategy used to revitalize downtown and neighborhood business districts throughout the United States.
The Burnside East Business Association (BEBA) is a gentrified area that encompasses over 200 businesses and 3 neighborhoods: Kerns, Buckman and Laurelhurst. The boundaries are 12th to 32nd and N.E. Glisan St. to S.E. Stark St.
The Burnside bridge opening in 1894 (later rebuilt in 1926) brought much more traffic to the east side of town, carrying streetcars and later, electric trolleys. Businesses and already growing eastside neighborhoods bustled with much more activity. There is still an original Trolley Building located on 27th and E. Burnside which now houses many businesses.
Some may remember the Tik Tok restaurant on 12th and Burnside which was a popular drive in restaurant and Scotty’s burgers across the street sold 19 cent burgers! In 1923 the Laurelhurst Theater opened on 28th and Burnside and has been a landmark in the neighborhood ever since.
Our BEBA district has gone through many changes over the years. But for the last 10 years there has been positive growth in the addition of new buildings, businesses and restaurants that are making this a vital, energentic destination to shop, play and eat. An easy commute with bike friendly Ankeny St., Trimet #19 & #20 bus lines, free street parking and easy walking.