Does it seem that graffiti around town is worse than ever? Well, you’re right. According to a recent report to City Council by Juliette Muracchioli from the Office of Neighborhood Involvement’s (ONI) Graffiti Abatement Program, high priority graffiti reports involving hate or gang tags have increased considerably from 2011 through 2016. Much of this increase has occurred in the past two to three years.
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Many people are unaware that illegal advertising on city property and rights of way (ROW) is illegal. The City of Portland’s code regarding such advertising is currently inadequate and lacking in clarity as to definitions, enforcement and authority. Known as “bandit” or “snipe” signs, illegal advertising can be found in many areas of the city. It is a blight on aesthetics; causes clean up expense for what is litter; creates a safety hazard for vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians by hindering visibility; and, allows an unjust commercial advantage to those who break the law over those who abide by it.
Friendly Streets has undertaken an initiative to have the city clarify and strengthen the code. Over a period of many months, we have researched the issue and drafted a proposed revised ordinance that can be found here. In the coming months we will be advocating for this revision at City Hall.
Please join us in our efforts by learning about the issue and contacting our commissioners to advocate for improving the current ordinance
Mayor Ted Wheeler [email protected]
Commissioner Chloe Eudaly [email protected]
Commissioner Nick Fish [email protected]
Januar 23,, 2017
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