Following a three-year initiative by several neighborhood associations, Portland City Council unanimously adopted an amended ordinance (CLICK HERE to read ordinance) on January 7th to regulate publication boxes on our city sidewalks.
The amended code creates guidelines as to when, where, and how publication boxes can be placed, as well as requiring publishers to affix a sticker to all of their boxes with a working phone number to report condition issues with the boxes. It defines what constitutes an abandoned box, and it creates a mechanism for the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) to enforce the code. The code revision also creates an option for newspaper co-publication boxes in other parts of the city. This is a huge step forward towards cleaning up the public right-of-way. Along with other quality of life issues such as noise trash and graffiti, this as an important victory in making city streets cleaner, safer and more livable.
In supportive testimony before City Council, PDNA representative to the Joint Subcommittee on Sidewalk Management Stan Penkin said, “Over the years, the proliferation of publication boxes on our streets has become an eyesore, a nuisance and an impediment to pedestrian traffic. The sight of empty boxes, graffiti covered boxes, broken boxes blocking sidewalks and so on speaks to how we do NOT want our city to be.”
Representatives from the Northwest Neighborhood Association, the Downtown Neighborhood Association, the Portland Business Alliance and Friendly Streets also provided testimony in support of the ordinance.
The passage of this ordinance is a testament to how the collaborative efforts of neighborhood associations, business associations, other stakeholders (including the publishing industry) and government (PBOT) can help to create more livable communities.
The My Macy's Holiday Parade is just around the corner. The Parade will run through our neighborhood on November 29.
Formation and disband will occur in the NW Park Blocks between Davis and Flanders Streets. The Parade will travel east on Davis, south on Broadway, east on Alder, north on 4th Avenue and west on Flanders to the disband area.
The marchers will step off at approximately 8:45 a.m. and will follow the same route as last year. The Parade will be done at approximately 11 a.m. Should you have any questions about this year's Parade, please feel free to contact Denise Hinton at 503.248.5489.