In less than two weeks the North Park Blocks will host Portland’s premier Labor Day event – Art in the Pearl. After ignoring deteriorating conditions all summer, the city finally took first steps to try and restore control of the North Park Blocks.
Today the city began erecting barbwire-topped chainlink fencing to cordon off the park from all public use. It’s unfortunate that the city’s delayed response to weeks of unlawful behavior requires such drastic measures.
Hopefully the North Park Blocks will be a safe and livable space for all to enjoy during the art fest and beyond.