Get to Know: Pearl District

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Today it carries a widespread reputation for its urban renaissance. But as with any renaissance story, the history of the Pearl District started in a less-refined place. In Portland's early years, the Pearl District was called Couch's Addition and was largely industrial except for the blocks that surrounded the North Park Blocks (called so to this day) which housed blue-collar European immigrant families. The early history is quite interesting and follows the corporate-industrial battles of Portland's early businessmen and founders. Remarkably, the area still touts many of those early landmarks, including century-old residences, the original Henry Weinhard's brewery, and perhaps most notable to Portland, historic Union Station.