Illustration by Nuestro Stories.
The Portland Mercado is a bustling marketplace full of life, sights, sounds, and colors. Lots of colors.
Acting as a hub for Latino culture in the Pacific Northwest, the Portland Mercado uses the ancient concept of the tianguis or tianquitzli, the traditional marketplaces found throughout North America prior to colonization.
An initiative brought about by the Hacienda Community Development Core, the project became a focus of community members starting in 2010.
The history of the Mercado, or marketplace, is one that goes deep in our history.
As time continued on, the tianguis became a means of survival. They showed the form of symbiotic relationships that often take place in the heart of communities.
That same concept has been applied to the Portland Mercado. In it, people can come together to feel empowered.
Small business owners can find a space to build their brand, connect with their community, and share their creations.
Continuing to maintain a focus on Black and Brown communities, who suffer through huge resource disparities in Portland, the Mercado is a wonderful place to spend a few hours or an entire weekend if you’re game.
Location: Portland, OR. United States.
Address: 7238 Southeast Foster Road. Portland, OR, 97206.
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