According to the Neighborhood Plan, the neighborhood is named after two of its schools: Powellhurst (named in the 1920s after 1850s settler Jackson Powell) and Gilbert (named after William M. Gilbert, an Indiana emigrant who settled in the area c. 1890). Settlement of the community by farmers via the Donation Land Claim Act began in the middle of the 19th century. Rail service to Portland began in 1892, spurring residential development. The resulting suburb was gradually annexed by Portland beginning in the 1960s and completing in 1994.
Portland is TERRIBLY congested. We dont have rush 'hour'---we have rush DAY. Road systems were not built for our population and there is littlehope of it ever being fixable. Growth is planned to the east of Portland.
Its actually not too bad going into downtown from that area, as you have many routes. It depends a lot on what you consider 'downtown', also. Its not fun at all to try for downtown from western areas. You would be east/southeast of it. Yes there are stores and restaurants all around you.