I am going to tell you about Ladd’s Addition. First things first, I will tell you about the things that make it unique. I will also explain a little of the history of Ladd’s Addition. Next, I shall tell you about my interview with the guy named Lyle, he works at Palio Dessert And Espresso House. Last but not least, I shall give my opinion of the neighborhood. My hope is that you will learn a lot.
Ladd’s Addition was made by a man named William S. Ladd in 1891. He was the mayor of Portland at one time. Mr. Ladd had a farm there that he turned into a neighborhood. He designed it with diagonal streets, and some people thought it looked like a wagon wheel.
This plaque is cool and is found on the middle circle.
Ladd’s Addition is quite interesting. For starters, it has a lot of curvy edges. It also has 5 parks, not including the school playground. The biggest one is in the middle in the shape of a circle and four parks are pointing at the big circle [about 90º apart] in the shape of diamonds. It also hardly ever has right angles. I looked at the map and saw that only 16th avenue and Harrison Street have right angles. There are rose gardens on each diamond park. It is in southeast Portland, between Hawthorn Boulevard and Division Street, and between SE 12th Avenue and SE 20th Avenue.
This is where I took off my shoes. A lot of people were relaxing inside the circle when we were there.
There are only a few businesses and one store and one school in Ladd’s Addition. The school is Abernathy, and my friend Yashi used to go there. The store is Palio, next to the middle circle. We went there and met a man named Lyle. He has worked in Ladd’s Addition for three years. I forgot to ask him where he lives, but he must live nearby because he says he either walks or rides his bike to work each day. We saw a lot of people biking through there, by the way. He said he doesn’t like the car traffic in the neighborhood, but he does really like all the trees and plants. When I asked him what is special to him here, he said, “vegetation.” Palio Dessert and Espresso House is a nice shop with humongous and delicious ice cream sandwiches. My daddy and I had to split one because it was so big. Even with splitting it, I still couldn’t finish all of my piece.
This is the playground at Abernathy School.
We walked barefoot inside the big center circle park. The grass was very soft, and we liked it. I like this neighborhood, and I agree with Mr. Lyle: I like the vegetation! I learned that my mama used to live in this neighborhood, and we got to see her house. Her house has changed, from what I heard. We even went in the alley that goes behind her house. I think it’s interesting that Ladd’s Addition has alleys, and I kind of wish that I had an alley behind my house. It’s cool.
This is my mama’s old house. She says it used to be yellow.
This is the alley that runs behind my mama’s old house. My brother and I liked running up and down it and trying to figure out which house was hers.
In conclusion, I am glad that I got to study Ladd’s Addition. It’s a nice place and I see why people like to live there. I agree with everyone who says it’s like a maze, though! You go every which way and can get lost. Fortunately, we managed to get out!
There are a lot of trees in this neighborhood!
We noticed two churches in Ladd’s Addition. This is one of them, it is by rose garden on Poplar Street.