The Neighborhood

Montavilla, Portland, Oregon, USA

Welcome to Montavilla! Yes, it’s prounced “monta-villa” which rhymes with “zilla”. Montavilla is a syllabalic abreviation of Mt. Tabor Village.

The name “Montavilla” originated from the abbreviations used on the streetcar destination signs when streetcars served the area starting in 1892. The name was first abbreviated as “Mt. Ta. Villa”, then later as “Monta.Villa”. Residents soon adopted the latter name for the neighborhood, written as Montavilla. Streetcar service to Montavilla ended in 1948 (from Wikipedia, read more).

More links:

OregonLive: Portland neighborhood named one of the top 10 to visit in the country

The Tragic Story of the Montavilla Neighborhood in PDX

This East Portland district features family-friendly shops, tasty treats and a historic movie theater.

Where to Drink and Dine in Historic Montavilla

Montavilla Neighborhood Association

Community & Civic Life



Board of Directors

Neil Mattson—Executive Director/Chair
Ryan Meagher—Programming Director
Aaron Hayman—Art Director

Nancy Mitchell—Secretary
Steve Mitchell—Treasurer
Kim Harrison
Marcia Hocker
Katherine Sharp

Resource Council

Hobie Bender—Bipartisan Cafe
Stephen Blackman—Brownstein Rask
Donna Cruz-Moreno—PJCE

Deborah DeMoss Smith—KMHD
Douglas Detrick
Pete Emerson—Bipartisan Cafe
Darrell Grant—PSU
Fritz Hirsch—IRCO
Don Lucoff—DL Music Media
Pancho Savery—Reed College
George Thorn—RACC