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July/August 2018

 

Sidewalk Ambassador Profile: Wayne Baseden


Wayne Baseden retired this month after working for Clean & Safe more than nine years. Wayne started as the Community Court Crew Leader, and in that role he influenced the lives of countless clients who performed community service. Wayne is a lifelong educator who uses every interaction as an opportunity to share knowledge, have fun and to spread kindness. In 2012, Wayne was featured in the Oregonian, and the story illustrates his approach to his work and commitment to helping people grow.
 

READ WAYNE'S PROFILE


Six months ago, Wayne transitioned to the role of Sidewalk Ambassador. He reveled in working with a team of younger employees and he excelled at his job. When team members were asked to pick one word to describe Wayne, they offered the following: Masterful, mentor, role model, teacher, wise, people-person and joyful. Wayne will be missed, but his impact on the team will be lasting. Thank you Wayne!

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New guidelines for contacting Clean & Safe


Clean & Safe has new guidelines for reporting non-emergencies.
 

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Here's what happened this summer in downtown Portland


Tourists and locals flocked to downtown this summer to enjoy the wide variety of events. The Sidewalk Ambassador team was on hand and ready to engage with thousands of locals and visitors and distribute "Downtown Summerland" postcards featuring a curated collection of key events from the event series at Pioneer Courthouse Square, including Festival of Flowers and Noon Tunes, farmers markets, Rose Festival, events at Waterfront Park and tips for riding Biketown. Ambassadors were instrumental in ensuring visitors to our city were able to find their way around area and enjoy their experience in Portland.
 
June marked the beginning of the summer season for the Sidewalk Ambassadors; the uptick in tourist traffic was notable, with 4,644 interactions that month. June started off with the Rose Festival which brought many locals and tourists downtown. With the Rose Festival CityFair, the Starlight Parade, dragon boat races, Fleet week and the Grand Floral Parade all happening, the Ambassadors were constantly helping people find events or places to eat and shop after the events. After the Rose Festival ended, Portland Pride started. The Ambassadors helped many people get to and from the festival in Waterfront Park as well as assist with directions around the city.
 
The Fourth of July and Waterfront BluesFest kicked off the month of July with a bang. Visitors came from all over the world to attend the festival. Other events at Waterfront Park in July included the Big Float, Oregon Brewers Fest and the Mermaid Parade. July also marked the start of some small reoccurring events. Noon Tunes at Pioneer Square on Tuesday's and Noontime Showcase at P5 on Wednesday's give visitors and locals two concert venues to choose from. Pioneer Square also started their famed Flicks on the Bricks events on Friday evenings bringing families into downtown for some fun. Director Park also began hosting a DJ on Friday nights. July was the busiest month this summer with Ambassadors, reaching 6,459 visitors.
 
The busy summer season continued in August. Downtown hosted large family friendly events Festa Italiana, and event series Flicks on the Bricks, Music on Main, Noon Tunes and Noontime Showcase all continued. Ambassadors roamed each event engaging with visitors and distributing information about other downtown events and happenings, with monthly interactions reaching 2,789. Companies Lime, Skip, and Bird launched their motorized scooters during the end of July and early August. The Ambassadors helped distribute information from the city about lawful riding practices, encouraged helmet use, and discouraged sidewalk riding and underage scooter use.

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2018 Clean & Safe Appreciation Day


Clean & Safe hosts an annual Appreciation Day, honoring a Clean & Safe cleaner, officer, and Downtown Champion for their efforts to make downtown Portland attractive to consumers. Members from the Clean & Safe Board, Clean & Safe District, and Portland City Council gather to celebrate the men and women who make downtown Portland a clean and safe place to live and work.

Please RSVP by Wednesday, October 8.
 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER


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June 2018

 

Cleaner Profile: Donnie Martin

Donnie Martin started in the Clean & Safe trainee program in November 2017. From the beginning, we knew that Donnie was a special employee. When he enters a room, he is always smiling and happy, and can bring a smile to everyone’s face. He is extremely grateful for what his new life of recovery has given him and he shows it in everything he does for Clean & Safe. 

Donnie has a strong desire to learn new skills, which has helped him grow in his position. In April, Clean & Safe had an opening for a position as a regular Bus Mall Barrel Pusher. Donnie applied and was hired for this position, and now will share his great work ethic and fantastic attitude in a more permanent capacity on the transit mall. 

In his new position, Donnie will be training all of the new Portland Mall Management Inc. (PMMI) trainees. We are thrilled that the new trainees will be trained by Donnie. With his positive attitude and infectious smile, they will be receiving positive interactions at their introduction to their newly found employment. Additionally, Donnie is always willing to go above and beyond in everything he does and is a wonderful ambassador for Clean & Safe to everyone that works, shops or visits the Clean & Safe District.

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Report shows pedestrian activity continues to increase downtown

Clean & Safe conducts semi-annual pedestrian counts to track pedestrian traffic volumes in front of key intersections within the downtown core, available retail space and parcels poised for redevelopment. Results are provided to developers, real estate brokers, property managers and owners, prospective tenants, institutional investors and others who are interested in downtown Portland as a place to do business. Corners counted during the semi-annual counts can change slightly depending on a number of factors, including retail vacancies and new tenants.

June 2018 pedestrian counts took place June 21, 22, and 23 (Thursday through Saturday) and the results are slightly improved over last year’s June counts, despite thunder and rainfall during the morning of the Thursday count session. Weather over the count period was mild overall, overcast in morning with afternoon clearing in the mid 70s. Of the total 15 corners counted this season, 14 were also counted in June 2017. The results on the corners counted this and last June show a net increase of 7 percent pedestrian foot traffic counted over 2017.
 
Results from the count found that the most trafficked intersections were Sixth and Morrison with 15,970 pedestrians, Fifth and Morrison with 15,531 pedestrians, 10th and Burnside with 14,623 pedestrians, and 10th and Morrison, which saw 13,075 people.

READ THE FULL REPORT

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Meet the summer Sidewalk Ambassador team

In addition to the cleaners and security officers you will see on the downtown streets this summer, Sidewalk Ambassadors have grown their ranks to help support all the tourists that visit our city during the summer season. Since April 2, 2002, the Ambassadors have maintained a visible and hospitable presence in the downtown area. The Ambassadors are easy to recognize in their green shirts adorned with an "i." The Ambassadors stroll the streets of the Downtown Clean & Safe District Tuesday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. ready to be of assistance.

Sidewalk Ambassadors are trained in the history of Portland, its retail establishments and attractions, city transportation and more. The team roams downtown on foot, and look out for people that need wayfinding services or recommendations on sites to visit, things to do, and places to eat and shop. The Ambassadors carry a wide variety of brochures and maps to assist people on their downtown adventures. You will find the team most days outside of Pioneer Place at 5th and Morrison with their mobile kiosk and full collection of brochures and materials to help guide your visit in downtown Portland and beyond. Be sure to stop by whenever you need a quick tip on downtown Portland!
 
This summer, we welcome three new Ambassadors to the team:
  • Liam is a longtime volunteer at the Oregon Zoo when he’s not downtown helping visitors. He attends Central Oregon Community College in Bend.
  • Taylor M. is the brother of returning summer ambassador Abigail. Taylor is outgoing and ready for adventure. When Taylor is not working, he is part of the robotics team and a longtime lacrosse player. He will be attending Colorado State University.
  • Brooks joins us from his summer break at the University of Hawaii. He is excited to learn more about downtown Portland and help spread the knowledge to others.
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Retail happenings in downtown Portland

It was recently reported that Brooks Brothers closed its downtown Portland store. Brooks Brothers' lease expired a year ago and the chain had been extending it incrementally while it considered its future in Portland, according to Diane McMahon, chief executive of the Bill Naito Co., which owns the Galleria. Ultimately, she said, the chain concluded its products weren't a good fit for Portland. "The Brooks Brothers market is probably not Portland, Oregon. We're more tech, casual stuff as opposed to buttoned-down Brooks Brothers suits," McMahon said. The Portland store was Brooks Brothers' only Oregon location. The Naito company is considering a variety of options for the 11,000-square-foot storefront, McMahon said, including a food hall, restaurant or traditional retail.
 
Portland Business Alliance chief executive Sandra McDonough said she doesn't see Brooks Brothers' closure as indicative of those larger problems, noting that Spanish retailer Zara plans to open its first Portland store downtown and Japanese retailer Muji plans to open a shop in the former Meier & Frank department store. "Brooks Brothers closing its downtown Portland location reflects national trends," McDonough said in a written statement. "However, our downtown retail environment remains strong, attracting top national and international retailers, as evidenced by recent announcements from brands moving to downtown Portland."

Indeed, retail development continued in downtown Portland. The openings list for this year now reaches 35 with several notable tenants. Work on the Roots Foot District at Pioneer Place continues with upcoming openings of Burger Fi, Raising Cane’s and Dairy Hill Ice cream, slated for this summer.  Blue Star Donuts will open its new flagship at 12th and Morrison any day now.  Eagerly awaited Tea Bar at Park Avenue West will open later this summer. Zara is slated for an opening date after November 1. It was recently announced that Japanese bookstore chain Kinokuniya Books will open a store and café at the Guild Theater site, a site that has been vacant for ten years.

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Downtown Portland summer events you don't want to miss

Your unforgettable summer starts in downtown Portland. Your grill is fired up, your flip flops are out of storage and your summer bucket list is drafted—now head to downtown Portland for the summer’s hottest events. The city’s sunniest season makes it easy to fill your calendar with ultimate summer fun.
 
Waterfront Park Events
 
Waterfront Park events make this stretch along the Willamette summer central. Boogie at the Waterfront Blues Festival, pull on a sequined fin for the Portlandia Memoriad Parade, find your new favorite beer at the Oregon Brewers Festival and more!

Waterfront Blues Festival: The largest celebration of blues, soul, funk and rhythm and blues west of the Mississippi turns 30 this year — and you’re invited to its four-day birthday party. Boogie down for the festival’s Fourth of July, performances by internationally renowned artists across four stages, food and river boat cruises — all while fighting hunger by supporting local organizations Oregon Food Bank and Sunshine Division, which provide emergency food relief to those in need. Don’t miss the action on the waterfront from July 4–7. http://www.waterfrontbluesfest.com/
 
Oregon Brewers Festival: Celebrate the diversity of the local brew scene at one of the nation’s longest-running craft beer festivals, which feels right at home in one of the country’s beer meccas. Sip your way through your favorites among 80 unique beers, from light lagers to hoppy IPAs, while admiring views of the Portland skyline and Mount Hood. Minors and designated drivers can sample free handcrafted sodas. Head to the festival at Waterfront Park from July 26–29. http://www.oregonbrewfest.com/

Portlandia Mermaid Parade: Dive into mermaid mythology via this colorful, sequined and uniquely Portland parade. Sea creatures and humans alike are welcome at the third annual Portlandia Mermaid Parade, which is followed by a community swim from Poets Beach (mermaid tails optional). Dive into the fun July 28 at noon. https://www.portlandiamermaidparade.com/
 
Relax in Portland’s Living Room Pioneer Courthouse Square
 
2018 Noon Tunes: This outdoor summer concert series serenades tourists and office workers on their lunch breaks by bringing the region’s best musical talent to a stage in the middle of Pioneer Courthouse Square. Radio tastemakers from 101.9 KINK FM have curated impressive lineups for the eight free concerts, so bring your brown bag — or grab a bite from the nearby food carts — and soak in the tunes. Concerts are held from noon–1 p.m. on Tuesdays from July 10–Aug. 28. https://thesquarepdx.org/event/noon-tunes-summer-concert-series-12/
 
Portland Celebrations of Food & Drink

Pioneer Courthouse Square Farmers Market: Portland’s Living Room turns into the city’s bustling kitchen with this a bounty of fresh, locally grown food and lunch options. Bring your reusable tote bag to carry home your berries, baked goods and much more. Mondays, June 18-August 27, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. http://www.portlandfarmersmarket.org/our-markets/pioneer-courthouse-square/

Portland State University Farmers Market: This summer farmer’s market fills two entire city blocks with organic produce, baked desserts and prepared foods (which, by the way, make for excellent local gifts for out-of-towners). You’ll also see chef demonstrations, market music and a lineup of food education events all summer long. Saturdays 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. http://www.portlandfarmersmarket.org/our-markets/psu/
 
Shemanski Park Farmers Market: With its carts and vendors selling delicious meals under a lush green canopy of trees, this downtown farmer’s market is a popular lunch spot for good reason. Portland residents and visitors also use this shaded destination to buy locally grown groceries for dinner—or supplies for an al fresco picnic. Wednesdays 10 a.m.-2 p.m. http://www.portlandfarmersmarket.org/our-markets/shemanski-park/
 
Fill your summer bucket list with even more fun:

Portland Saturday Market: Although this largest continuously operating open-air crafts market in the country happens rain or shine, the Portland Saturday Market in the summertime usually enjoys the latter. Longtime Portland dwellers and visitors alike support small businesses selling everything from handmade soap and screen-printed shirts to lawn art and mouth-watering truffles. Head down to the market on Saturdays from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m.–4:30 p.m. https://www.travelportland.com/directory/portland-saturday-market/

Green Loop Sunday Parkways: Downtown Portland temporarily closes streets along the planned route of the Green Loop to car traffic from the West End to Lloyd to the South Waterfront, creating a motor-free bike boulevard. You can pedal right into the heart of downtown Portland and the Park Blocks, stopping at cultural hot spots like the Portland Art Museum, OMSI and the Rose Quarter. Grab your bike for this July 22 event from 11 a.m.–4 p.m. https://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/75410

Music on Main Street: Local and regional musicians take to the streets at Music on Main Street’s in the 13th annual summer festival, where anyone can enjoy free concerts featuring a diverse collection of musical genres. Held next to the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall’s iconic Portland sign, this outdoor concert series is highly danceable — and Instagrammable. Catch one of the shows on Wednesdays in July and August from 5–7 p.m. https://www.portland5.com/events/music-main

The Big Float: Imagine the Willamette River as a giant pool party and you’ll have a pretty good picture of The Big Float, a summer event celebrating the waterway running through Portland. Sun-lovers float from Poet’s Beach to the Tom McCall Bowl in rafts, kayaks, tubes and even inflatable unicorns — anything, as long as it holds air! Kids’ activities (we’re talking a giant slip and slide), live bands, food carts and a beer and wine garden await at the take-out spot. Experience the float July 14. http://www.thebigfloat.com/
 
Portland Art Museum: The city’s renowned art museum is open year-round, but its summer offerings make it the perfect destination to take a break from all your outdoor adventures. Stop in to see summer exhibits The Shape of Speed (June 16-September 16) and Richard Diebenkorn (June 16-September 23), and get artsy on Friday evenings, when museum admission is just $5 after 5 p.m. https://portlandartmuseum.org/
 
For details and even more uniquely Portland summer ideas, visit downtownportland.org.
 
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Nominate a woman or company breaking the glass ceiling

Do you know a woman in business who has "broken the glass ceiling?" Do you know of a company that advances and supports its female employees? We are seeking nominations for our 2018 A Place With No Ceiling awards. Award winners will be honored at the A Place With No Ceiling event on Sept. 27, 2018 at the Oregon Historical Society.

SUBMIT YOUR NOMINATIONS BY FRIDAY, JUNE 29 AT 5 P.M.

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Business After Hours at Oakwood Portland Pearl, July 11

Business After Hours offers an opportunity to create new business relationships by networking in a relaxed setting that offers delicious appetizers, door prizes, and refreshments.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

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May 2018


Cleaner Profile: Roy Carter

Roy Carter started in the Clean & Safe trainee program in January 2012. He was very grateful for the opportunity to get back into the workforce again, and has since proved he has an extremely strong work ethic, has a passion for the work he does and is phenomenally dependable.

In May 2012, Clean & Safe piloted the idea of having a cleaner on tricycle. Roy applied and was hired as the first Special Projects Bike Cleaner. With the bike, he was able to improve cleaning response times and he had a huge impact on the overall cleanliness of the district. Roy is still riding the bike today, but there are two additional cleaner bikes in operation today. 

In addition to being a fantastic cleaner, Roy is also incredibly personable with everyone he comes in contact with. Roy always has a glowing smile on his face and a willingness to help other employees, business owners or people visiting the district. In the over the more than six years Roy has been with Clean & Safe, we have received hundreds of compliments on his work ethic and willingness to do whatever is necessary.

Recently, Roy was on patrol and found a wallet on the ground next to a car. He was able to find the owner of the wallet and return the wallet. The Clean & Safe District would not be the same without Roy’s impact.

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Report shows record construction downtown

On May 21, Downtown Clean & Safe released its 2018 Development/Redevelopment Report. The annual report, which began more than 15 years ago, shows there are 48 active construction projects in the Central City, a record number that tops last year’s 45 projects.

CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL PRESS RELEASE

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Downtown Portland summer events you don't want to miss

Your unforgettable summer starts in downtown Portland. Your grill is fired up, your flip flops are out of storage and your summer bucket list is drafted—now head to downtown Portland for the summer’s hottest events. The city’s sunniest season makes it easy to fill your calendar with ultimate summer fun.
 
Portland Rose Festival
 
The Portland Rose Festival has inspired the public to gather and celebrate against a backdrop of historic external forces for the past 110 years. This year’s Rose Festival will be another brilliant example of how a community can both honor diversity and celebrate unity.
 
City Fair: The Portland Rose Festival’s City Fair is a weekend wonderland for kids and adults. With amusement rides, live music, an arcade and local food, you’ll want to bring your littles—and your inner child. Visit the City Fair’s website for special events, such as guided tech activities for kids and weekend themes (princesses and superheroes and pirates, oh my!). May 25-28, June 1-3 and June 8-10. http://www.rosefestival.org/waterfront/city-fair

Fleet Week: Portland is a welcoming place, and the city’s veterans and residents go all-out to greet members of the U.S. Navy who call in our port. You’ll get the chance to personally thank members of the military for their service, see the hulking ships firsthand and maybe even tour one of the ships temporarily docked in the Willamette. June 6-10. http://www.rosefestival.org/event/fleet-week
 
Starlight Parade: As part of the 110-year-old Portland Rose Festival, this nighttime parade brings Portland quirkiness to the streets. Unconventional hand-built entries and glow-in-the-dark umbrellas mingle with traditional marching bands and floats for funky, eclectic fun for grown-ups and families (if the kids can stay up past their bed times!). June 2, 9 p.m. http://www.rosefestival.org/event/starlight-parade
 
Grand Floral Parade: Flower-filled floats cruise across downtown Portland in this spectacular summer parade. Music, costumed characters, local celebrities and of course hundreds of thousands of blooms make this an iconic Portland event you don’t want to miss. June 9, 10 a.m. http://www.rosefestival.org/event/grand-floral-parade
 
Relax in Portland’s Living Room Pioneer Courthouse Square
 
Festival of Flowers: Portland’s Living Room explodes with every hue thanks to the thousands of flowers artistically arranged for this annual event. For more than 30 years, local artists and design firms have brought their floral art to Pioneer Courthouse Square, wowing visitors with their vibrant masterpieces. This year, Portland’s own award-winning landscape architecture firm Walker Macy will bring the Columbia River Gorge to downtown Portland with its colorful vision, oFISHially GORGEous. June 1-15. https://thesquarepdx.org/event/2018-festival-flowers/
 
Portland Celebrations of Food & Drink

Pioneer Courthouse Square Farmers Market: Portland’s Living Room turns into the city’s bustling kitchen with this a bounty of fresh, locally grown food and lunch options. Bring your reusable tote bag to carry home your berries, baked goods and much more. Mondays, June 18-August 27, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. http://www.portlandfarmersmarket.org/our-markets/pioneer-courthouse-square/

Portland State University Farmers Market: This summer farmer’s market fills two entire city blocks with organic produce, baked desserts and prepared foods (which, by the way, make for excellent local gifts for out-of-towners). You’ll also see chef demonstrations, market music and a lineup of food education events all summer long. Saturdays 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. http://www.portlandfarmersmarket.org/our-markets/psu/
 
Shemanski Park Farmers Market: With its carts and vendors selling delicious meals under a lush green canopy of trees, this downtown farmer’s market is a popular lunch spot for good reason. Portland residents and visitors also use this shaded destination to buy locally grown groceries for dinner—or supplies for an al fresco picnic. Wednesdays 10 a.m.-2 p.m. http://www.portlandfarmersmarket.org/our-markets/shemanski-park/
 
Fill your summer bucket list with even more fun:

Portland Pride Parade: Portland’s diversity is on beautiful display at the Portland Pride Parade. The LGBTQ community comes together with rainbows aplenty in this welcoming, family-friendly summer event. June 17, 11 a.m. https://pridenw.org/
 
Portland Art Museum: The city’s renowned art museum is open year-round, but its summer offerings make it the perfect destination to take a break from all your outdoor adventures. Stop in to see summer exhibits The Shape of Speed (June 16-September 16) and Richard Diebenkorn (June 16-September 23), and get artsy on Friday evenings, when museum admission is just $5 after 5 p.m. https://portlandartmuseum.org/
 
For details and even more uniquely Portland summer ideas, visit downtownportland.org.
 
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Street Livability and Safety Workshop, June 7

Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare, Multnomah County Health Department, Portland Police Bureau and Clean & Safe present this Street Livability and Safety Workshop.

This free presentation is for anyone with a desire to hear and ask questions about causes, communication techniques and community resources for people in need of mental health assistance. The speakers will also discuss behaviors seen on the street of people in crisis, how to handle these situations and tips on when to notify police or security when appropriate.

Light refreshments of cookies and beverages provided.

SPEAKERS:
Barb Snow LCSW
Clinical Director of Crisis Services
Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare

Leticia Sainz LPC
Crisis Services Program Manager
Multnomah County Mental Health & Addiction Services

Jim Stegemeyer
Crisis Intervention Team Coordinator
Portland Police Bureau

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER - SPACE IS LIMITED

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April 2018

 

Security Profile: Felipe Pedro-Lopez

Prior to coming to Portland Patrol Inc. (PPI), Felipe Pedro-Lopez worked as a freighter at the Cascade Station Target store when a co-worker told him about PPI. Felipe took the initiative to look up the company online and even ventured downtown to see more about it. With the ambition to become a law enforcement officer, Felipe realized the work and experience he would gain working at PPI would help him tremendously in that endeavor.
 
At this time, Felipe was finishing college at Pioneer Pacific where he was earning a major in criminal justice. He was also working as an intern at the West Linn Police Department doing data entry and ride-a-longs with police officers. Felipe applied to work at PPI and was ultimately hired on March 4, 2016. While at PPI, he has been a valuable asset to the company as well as the community at large in the Downtown Business District. As a bike officer, Felipe is able to cover a large area in a short period of time while responding to calls in a timely fasion.

Felipe exemplifies the mission of PPI by solving problems concerning issues of pulic safety and disorder by providing excellent customer service to the many citizens and businesses in the downtown area. He is also demonstrates the values of the company which include integrity, professionalism, customer satisfaction, accountability and continued improvement on how we do our job.

Felipe is a family man as well. He and his high school sweetheart welcomed their first child, a son, back in August 2017. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends, and of course, being a new father.

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Director Park cafe space for lease

Portland Parks and Recreation has released an official RFI (Request for Interest) for future tenants of the Director Park cafe space, which was recently vacated by a tenant at the conclusion of their lease. The Parks Department is seeking a new tenant who will positively enhance the experience of park users, businesses and residents surrounding the park, as well as visitor experience downtown. The following food uses are desired for the premises: Restaurant featuring on-site food and beverage preparation and service, and/or a café featuring pre-made or delivered food and/or on-site beverages.
 
Are you interested in leasing the space or know a business that is expanding or looking for space downtown? Please read more information here.

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TriMet Goose Hollow track repair project begins May 6

TriMet is working on a repair project to improve the track area in Goose Hollow near Providence Park. The project is slated for Sunday, May 6 to Friday, May 11. The MAX Red and Blue lines will be disrupted, and Providence Park and Kings Hill stations will be closed during this period. Westbound shuttle buses will run between the Galleria at SW 10th and Goose Hollow Max stations. Eastbound shuttles will run between Goose Hollow and Library SW 9th Stations. Shuttle buses will run every five minutes most of the day. Plan alternative travel times and routes in advance.
 
Read more about the project here.

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New ashtrays on Big Belly solar compactors set for May

In May, look for information about additional sidewalk amenities, including ashtray receptacles on Big Belly solar trash compactors. The ashtrays will cut down on cigarette butts that litter the sidewalks. Clean & Safe is also working with the city to roll out new high-capacity garbage bins at high-traffic areas downtown, including the food cart lots by summer.

In April, Clean & Safe installed 16 additional newsracks around downtown, at locations where an assorted collection of freestanding newsracks could be found. The co-located boxes provide these local publications to downtown workers and visitors in clean and orderly setting.

The new locations include:
  • 3rd and Jefferson
  • 3rd between Madison and Main
  • 3rd and Salmon
  • 4th and Main
  • 6th and Main
  • 6th and Salmon
  • 3rd and Pine
  • 4th midblock between Oak and Stark
  • 5th and Stark
  • 5th and Washington
  • 10th and Washington
  • Park and Morrison
  • 3rd and Yamhill
  • 3rd and Morrison
  • Taylor between Park and 9th
  • 5th and Alder 

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Porter Hotel celebrates new location with ribbon cutting

The Porter Hotel, part of the Curio Collection by Hilton had its ribbon cutting on April 4, 2018. This hotel is perfectly located in the Fountain District near premier shopping, world class restaurants and the Keller Auditorium. It offers boutique rooms and suites, and amenities such as Meditation Spa Sauna, fitness center, four terrific restaurant choices and so much more.

For more details, visit their website here.

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Seeking Sidewalk Ambassadors for summer!

Do you love downtown Portland? Is anyone you know looking for a Summer job? Downtown Portland Sidewalk Ambassadors have positions available in their team! You'll be interacting with downtown visitors, giving shopping and restaurant recommendations, directions and helpful information in the retail core. Plus, you'll be working outdoors in the beautiful Portland weather!

To learn more and apply, follow this link.

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March 2018


Sidewalk Ambassador Profile: Merlin Varaday

The Sidewalk Ambassadors recently bid farewell to one of their longest running employees, Merlin Varaday. Merlin was with Clean & Safe for more than 10 years, providing information, wayfinding and lots of smiles to all downtown visitors. Through her work with the Sidewalk Ambassador program, Merlin was able to gain more exposure to the local hospitality industry.

With her depth of experience as a Sidewalk Ambassador, Merlin secured her dream job as a concierge in the upcoming Porter Hotel. We are so excited for Merlin and this new opportunity. Though we miss her smiling face on the street, we know she will continue her work ensuring downtown visitors have a great experience in our city. Below is some thoughts from Merlin as she relfects on her time as a Sidewalk Ambassador.

Working in the downtown Portland Sidewalk Ambassador program has been a life-changing experience for me. This program is something I am incredibly proud to have been a part of. It's just such a neat idea! You travel to a city and there are people who are there to make you feel welcome and ensure you get the most out of your visit.

These "mobile concierges" are a friendly, welcoming presence offering many different types of information. On a given day, Ambassadors will provide wayfinding assistance, help guests with transit trip planning, offer suggestions for their itinerary (including directing visitors to our attractions and tours), give dining and performing arts recommendations, and help guide our customers towards the best (tax-free!) shopping. In Portland's team, we all learn as much as we can about every area, but also, each Ambassador has a focus or "superpower." We strive to make our recommendations as customized to our guests as possible. It always made feel so excited when I got the chance to meet a party a while later, and they would tell me how they were enjoying everything!

How do the Sidewalk Ambassadors get all this knowledge? In addition to our initial training, we each conduct at least one "Business Visit" each day. These visits also serve to promote the value of our program to the downtown businesses. At the end of the day, our team shares what we learned with each other. That way, new business openings, upcoming events, a fantastic sale or that exciting new Happy Hour special are always at the top of our minds.
In addition to providing hospitality and information, the Ambassadors are a set of "eyes and ears", making downtown safer and more secure, without being obvious about the need for security. Downtown Ambassadors increase livability in the city center in a way that appears whimsical and fun.

My favorite part of working as a Sidewalk Ambassador was meeting international visitors. On an average day, each team member will interact with 50-100 visitors from many domestic states, and up to five to seven countries! Our recent stats showed that this amounts to about 35,000 visitors each year (enough people to fill Oregon City) from more than 70 countries!

It's a lot of fun to meet people from all over the world. We try to learn how to say "hello," "thank you" and "goodbye" in as many languages as we can, so we can make them feel as welcome as possible. Some countries we receive visitors from most frequently are Australia, New Zealand, the U.K., Germany, Japan and China. From what I understand, Portland's destination marketing efforts are currently focusing on bringing more visitors from countries such as France, Brazil and Korea. We definitely met more guests from those countries recently!

Finally, the best part of working in the downtown Portland Sidewalk Ambassador program for me was "bringing my heart to work." I feel that the true product of the Ambassador program is the human connection - something that could never be replaced by using a search engine, or obtaining the information any other way. Someone is there to walk up to you, look you in the eye, and find out how they can help make your day better. We need more of that in the world, don't you think?


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Don't miss Porltand Dining Month!

Portland Dining Month is halfway done! The popular city-wide promotion organized by Travel Portland offers three course dinners for $33 every day in March with more than 100 restaurants participating. For every reservation booked online via PortlandDiningMonth.com, a donation will be made to the Oregon Food Bank.

Downtown Portland is a sponsor of this promotion. Be sure to follow our social media accounts throughout the month as they showcase menu options from some of downtown best eateries!

Participating downtown restaurants include: Al Amir, Alto Bajo, Bamboo Sushi, Bistro Agnes, Cassidy’s, Clyde Common, Departure, East India Co, Fogo de Chao, Headwaters, Higgins, Hopcity Tavern, Imperial, Jackrabbit, Jake’s Grill, Lechon, Little Bird Bistro, Mama Mia Trattoria, McMenamins Zeus Café, Mother’s Bistro, Nel Centro, Park Kitchen, Picnic House, RingSide Fish House, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Saucebox, Southpark Seafood, Swank and Tanner Creek Tavern.

For more information, including menus, visit PortlandDiningMonth.com.

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Improvements to District Amenities downtown begins with more newsracks

As part of the Clean & Safe annual fees, the city collects funds for Holiday Lighting. Clean & Safe currently places holiday lighting on 70 blocks throughout downtown from Nov. 1 through mid-March. Over the years, many property owners in other parts of the district have asked for lighting and amenities in other areas of downtown. Portland City Council updated the code about four years ago to allow Clean & Safe to spend these funds on District Amenities - anything that improves the safety, function and appearance on downtown sidewalks, including Big Belly solar trash compactors, garbage receptacles and co-located newspaper boxes.

This month, Clean & Safe will roll out 16 additional newsracks around downtown, at locations where you currently find an assorted collection of freestanding newsracks. The co-located boxes provide these local publications to downtown workers and visitors in clean and orderly setting.

The new locations include:
  1. 3rd and Jefferson
  2. 3rd between Madison and Main
  3. 3rd and Salmon
  4. 4th and Main
  5. 6th and Main
  6. 6th and Salmon
  7. 3rd and Pine
  8. 4th midblock between Oak and Stark
  9. 5th and Stark
  10. 5th and Washington
  11. 10th and Washington
  12. Park and Morrison
  13. 3rd and Yamhill
  14. 3rd and Morrison
  15. Taylor between Park and 9th
  16. 5th and Alder
In May, look for information about additional sidewalk amenities, including ashtray receptacles on Big Belly solar trash compactors; the ashtrays will cut down on cigarette butts that litter the sidewalks. We are also working with the city to roll out new high-capacity garbage bins at high traffic areas downtown including the food cart lots by summer.

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O'Bryant Square Park and SmartPark garage closed indefinitely

On March 5, the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) and Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) announced that PP&R’s O’Bryant Square will be closed indefinitely due to structural issues in the parking garage beneath the downtown plaza. The public is encouraged to stay away. Learn more here.

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Urban Falconry: A very Portland solution

Get a glimpse at how the idea of the falcon program came to be and how organizations like Clean & Safe, Portland Mall Management and Integrated Avian Solutions came up with the perfect "Portland" solution. Watch the episode here.

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February 2018


Secuirty Profile: Kristina Kilgour


Kristina Kilgour started with Portland Patrol Inc. (PPI) in July 2017 as the AM dispatcher. She came to PPI highly recommended by the Washington County Sheriffs Office, where she was an intern assisting with several highly important projects.

As the first person callers have contact with, Kristina has set a high standard of providing great customer service while assisting customers in determining their needs for Security and Cleaning. She understands the importance of dispatching both security and cleaning employees quickly so customer’s requests are dealt with in a timely manner. Kristina also compiles and generates one of PPI's time consuming monthly reports.

When taking over this project, Kristina was very proactive in finding an improved process that would save time and ensure the report is completed prior to the due date. She has become a great asset to PPI.


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Latest weapon in the war on crow poop: more birds


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Downtown Portland paradox: More crime, public perceptions threaten growth, retailers say


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Fashion fans, rejoice! Zara is opening a massive store in Portland's Pioneer Place this year


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Downtown Portland growth continues apace, 40 new buildings going up, more jobs


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Naito Parkway lan closures during Burnside Bridge repairs begin Feb. 19


The inside (left) traffic lanes on Naito Parkway will be closed in both directions under the Burnside Bridge from Monday, Feb. 19 through Friday, March 2 due to repair work on the bridge. The outside (right) lanes will remain open north and southbound on Naito Parkway during this work.

The lane closures will allow Hamilton Construction to repair concrete on the underside of the bridge above the roadway. The lane closures are less than two blocks in length (between SW Ankeny and NW Couch St.). The lanes will be closed 24 hours a day and on weekends during the work.

The repairs are part of Multnomah County's Burnside Bridge maintenance project. For project information, visit www.multco.us/burnside-bridge-projects/burnside-bridge-maintenance-project.


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Portland Dining Month is back!


Portland Dining Month is back! The popular city-wide promotion organized by Travel Portland offers three course dinners for $33 every day in March with more than 100 restaurants participating. For every reservation booked online via PortlandDiningMonth.com, a donation will be made to the Oregon Food Bank.

Downtown Portland is a sponsor of this promotion. Be sure to follow our social media accounts throughout the month of March as they showcase menu options from some of downtown best eateries!

Participating downtown restaurants include: Al Amir, Alto Bajo, Bamboo Sushi, Bistro Agnes, Cassidy’s, Clyde Common, Departure, East India Co, Fogo de Chao, Headwaters, Higgins, Hopcity Tavern, Imperial, Jackrabbit, Jake’s Grill, Lechon, Little Bird Bistro, Mama Mia Trattoria, McMenamins Zeus Café, Mother’s Bistro, Nel Centro, Park Kitchen, Picnic House, RingSide Fish House, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Saucebox, Southpark Seafood, Swank and Tanner Creek Tavern.

For more information including menus, visit PortlandDiningMonth.com.


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January 2018

A MESSAGE FROM PETER ANDREWS - CLEAN & SAFE CHAIR

This year as we celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Clean & Safe, we are relaunching our online newsletter to keep district members up to date on issues of importance and interest. The newsletter will contain articles regarding the work of Clean & Safe, events, as well as links to research, partners and resources. When our downtown is vibrant, clean and safe, the whole city flourishes.
 

Cleaner Profile: Chris Perkins

Chris Perkins started in the Clean & Safe trainee program in May 2014. Right from the start he showed incredibly strong work ethic and the desire to learn new skills. Chris would frequently be seen jogging with his cleaning cart to service calls, because he understands how important these calls are to the businesses who requested the cleanups. Chris shows pride in everything that he does at Clean & Safe, which helped him quickly get promoted to a regular union position as a Bus Mall Barrel Pusher. His enthusiasm and passion for his job continued on the Bus Mall as the level of cleanliness increased. One of his duties in this position was to train all new Portland Mall Management, Inc. (PMMI) trainees. He quickly became a mentor to these new employees as he was a very thorough trainer and was available for questions that may arise in the future. His training skills extremely elevated the knowledge of all incoming trainees and has continued to impact the level of training that new employees receive today.

In May 2015, Clean & Safe added a second special projects bike to their fleet. Chris jumped at this opportunity to get to ride a bike and cleanup 213 blocks of downtown Portland. He was able to fill in the gaps of weekends and early mo