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Have a problem with access on your sidewalk or other public rights of way?

Recently, some neighborhoods have experienced blockage of their sidewalks and other public rights of way due to camping activity. Such blockage is in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Chapter 14 of the Portland City Code. However, Portland Police may not always take action on such violations. 

So, here’s what you can do:

· Always start by reporting to Portland’s One Point of Contact 
· Stress any accessibility / right of way issues when reporting. Focus on the accessibility problem. Do not mention ADA.
· Report accessibility / structures on public rights of way to the police non-emergency line at 503/ 823-3333.
· Document all reports and keep a log. Take photos if possible, but do not be confrontational.

If accessibility continues to remain an issue and nothing is being done, email Lucas Hillier directly at One Point of Contact. 

Know your jurisdiction. If the issue is taking place on an ODOT  or Trimet property, report to them as well as One Point of Contact.

If you are not able to resolve accessibility issues within a reasonable time, you may consider filing an ADA/Civil Rights Complaint

Ever-increasing graffiti and what you can do about it

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.

Please click here to read full story and how you can help.

Illegal Advertising

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

Commissioner Chloe Eudaly

Commissioner Nick Fish

Commissioner Amanda Fritz
Commissioner Dan Saltzman

Januar 23,, 2017

Are you looking for help with a neighborhood issue? Want to lead a clean- up on your street? Wondering how you can connect with others about local issues? Send us a note with our Contact Form and we'll get in touch with you soon.

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