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Friends of the Pearl Foot Patrol Workshop: Creating Good Energy

Posted By Bill Bagnall on June 12, 2017

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Pearl District Foot Patrollers turned out on a recent Saturday morning for the first of several planned workshops to better prepare them for situations that might be encountered on the street.   Brad Taylor, a Mental Health Specialist from the City’s Office of Neighborhood Involvement, engaged with the group in a 90- minute session on…..

Police and Rangers Walk With Foot Patrol

Posted By Bill Bagnall on July 6, 2017

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After several years of budget cuts leading to diminished attention in the Pearl District, the Police and Park Rangers are becoming regular participants in many of the Friends of the Pearl Foot Patrol walks. Thanks to Foot Patrol member’s outreach and persistent efforts, the neighborhood is becoming safer and cleaner. Friends of the Pearl is…..

Grappling with Graffiti

Graffiti clean up

Posted By Bill Bagnall on August 24, 2017

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Graffiti has become more prevalent on Portland’s street scene in recent years, but what’s the future look like? Portland’s Graffiti Abatement Program (GAP), under the city’s Office of Neighborhood Involvement (ONI), had been enormously successful in combating graffiti across the city. With diminished city resources over the last few years, the Program was unable to adequately address…..