Seemingly ignoring the directive of Horace Greeley (and the Pet Shop Boys!) to go west, many of Portland’s young(ish) are headed east, moving away from the city’s center in search of more affordable housing. And where go Portland's hip, so go the bars. The neighborhood’s nightlife is thriving with spots like O’Malley’s (dive), N.W.I.P.A. (beer), Zoiglhaus (taproom), and the legendary strip club Devils Point.
The food scene is equally expansive: one of the nation’s best burgers (Foster's) is served next door to the legendary Viet bakery An Xuyen, there's a cart-pod plating Road Runner BBQ, dim sum at HK Café, and all things Latin American at the newly opened Portland Mercado. And while Lents is starting to lose some of its former Felony Flats street cred, it’s still got its trademark roughness (what up, New Copper Penny and Gun Room). Only now, it’s offset with farmers' markets. Which really, when you think about it, makes this one instance (at least for now) where the denizens of New Portland have swarmed a neighborhood while actually leaving it recognizable to the folks who have always lived there.