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Commissioner, Mayor hear mostly support for Last Thursday

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010
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Positives outweigh negatives.
(Photo © J. Maus)

Last night, at a community meeting to hear feedback on the Last Thursday on Alberta event (read my analysis here), Commissioner Amanda Fritz and Mayor Sam Adams heard loud and clear that many people love the event just the way it is.

According to sources at the meeting and reports in the local media, upwards of 400 people crammed into the Acadian Ballroom on Alberta last night. There were many opinions expressed, but it seems the dominant opinion was that despite the growing pains, expense, and crowd control issues, the carfree environment of Last Thursday is something people feel is worth supporting. (more…)

Meeting could decide fate of Last Thursday on Alberta

Friday, February 5th, 2010
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Last Thursday on Alberta: A tough crowd.
(Photos © J. Maus)

A community meeting this Monday (2/8) being hosted by Portland City Commissioner Amanda Fritz and Mayor Sam Adams could have a major impact on the future of the Last Thursday on Alberta event. The meeting’s event page states, “The Mayor and Commissioner are considering options for Last Thursday.”
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Mayor’s office asks people to park bikes during Last Thursday

Thursday, July 30th, 2009
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Mayor’s office would rather have folks
park… and then walk during Last Thursday.
(Photos © J. Maus)

Shoshanah Oppenheim, the Mayor’s staffer who has been working with the Alberta community on the carfree Last Thursday, said they want to clear up as much space for pedestrians as possible for tonight’s event.
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Tonight we ride, sing, and dance for Michael Jackson (Updated with photos/video)

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

*Scroll down for ride report, photos and video

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Nice moonwalk Curt!
-More images Video below-
(Photos © J. Maus)

The King of Pop, Michael Jackson, is dead.

This very sad news has led to respond with a bike ride, full of Michael Jackson music and memories.

Meet at 6:30 at the Peace Garden above the Eastbank Esplanade at east end of the Steel Bridge.
We’ll hope to have a sound system with Michael Jackson music for sing-alongs and hopefully a microphone set up for karaoke opportunities. If you have gloves, please wear only one in honor of this great artist who had such a profound impact on many of our lives.
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Portlanders relish a warm, carfree Last Thursday on Alberta

Friday, May 29th, 2009
bikes at Last Thursday on Alberta-5
Nearby residents Gregg Lavender
and Nikki Kress steal a kiss
in the middle of Alberta
Street last night.
- Slideshow below -
(Photos © J. Maus)

Last night, warm weather and the onset of summer brought throngs of Portlanders out to enjoy their neighborhood and the riches of their City at the first carfree Last Thursday on Alberta.

It was the first of six months that the main stretch of Alberta Street will be closed to cars from 6-10:00 pm.

The impact of not having to worry about car traffic is profound. I brought my family along last night and, after dancing in the street with the March Fourth Marching Band, we came across several dancers, musicians, artists, and performers who shared their gifts right in the middle of the road. (more…)

Last Thursday set to go carfree for the season

Thursday, May 21st, 2009

For several months last summer and fall, throngs of visitors to the popular Last Thursday art walk on NE Alberta St were able to walk, bike, skate, roll wheelchairs, push strollers, or stop to browse and socialize in the street without interference or danger from passing cars.

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The street filled up quickly but still had plenty of room for nonmotorized passage in the first official carfree Last Thursday in July, 2008. (Photo © J. Maus)

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Last Thursday: Carfree Alberta and a special bike event

Tuesday, August 26th, 2008
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One of my photos from an exhibition
that will open Thursday night at
The Breeze Block Gallery.

I hope you haven’t made plans for this Thursday night.

Besides the usual fun of Last Thursday on Alberta, this month’s event will be officially carfree (more on that later). But if that’s not enough to get out there, also this month is a very special bike and art event being hosted by the Breeze Block Gallery (at NE 10th and Alberta). (more…)

It’s official: Last Thursday will be completely car-free

Tuesday, August 5th, 2008
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Cars won’t be allowed on Alberta Street
during future Last Thursday events.
(Photos © J. Maus)

The City of Portland has decided to work with neighborhood groups and a coalition of city agencies to close NE Alberta Street to car traffic for the monthly Last Thursday event.

The agreement was made at a meeting in City Hall last night that was attended by a myriad of stakeholder groups including, the Office of Neighborhood Involvement, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, Art on Alberta, TriMet, the Police Bureau, local neighborhood and business associations and others. (more…)

Last Thursday becomes nearly carfree, naturally

Friday, August 1st, 2008
A carfree street, even without an official street closure permit. Photo taken on NE Alberta Street just east of 24th looking east.
More images
(Photos © J. Maus)

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Neighborhood, city, move toward a carfree Last Thursday

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

“The city is allowing us to discourage cars from using Alberta with signs and posters asking them not to drive on the street during Last Thursday.”
–Magnus Johannesson, Alberta Street neighborhood activist and business owner.

The City of Portland, TriMet, and a neighborhood activist are moving forward on an effort to discourage cars from driving on NE Alberta Street during the monthly Last Thursday event.

Last month, Alberta Street neighborhood activist and business owner Magnus Johannesson drove two junker cars onto the street and created a temporary carfree zone before tow trucks and the Police Bureau showed up. (more…)

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