The North Williams neighborhood, nestled between North Mississippi and the Alberta Arts district, is today one of Portland’s most desirable areas, with plentiful options for eating, shopping and entertainment within a short distance. New Seasons Market, a local grocer and “the friendliest store in town,” recently opened a brand new store just three blocks from ecoFLATS, offering residents a wide variety of groceries and prepared foods. Some of Portland’s top local restaurants, including Tasty n Sons, Lincoln and Chop Charcuterie, are on N. Williams, along with other plentiful options for eating and drinking. Local shops include the popular Queen Bee Creations, which makes handmade bags and wallets.
N. Williams is very friendly to residents without cars, or those who don’t drive often. Thousands of cyclists use the N. Williams bike corridor every day, and this bike culture has had a large influence on shaping the N. Williams neighborhood, and the design of ecoFLATS. Public transit through TriMet is also easily accessible, as are shared vehicles from Zipcar and Car2Go.