City Issues Just Three Noise Citations to Last Thursday Musicians


The drum circles pounded quieter. The guitarists turned down their microphones. And most of the DJs didn't show up.Mayor Charlie Hales' latest effort to tamp down the revelry at Last Thursday—enforcing noise code on street musicians—went smoothly last night, with the city issuing only three citations for playing tunes too loud."The musicians all seemed to have gotten the word," says Paul Van Orden, ...   More
Friday, June 27, 2014 AARON MESH

City Will Begin Citing Last Thursday Street Musicians for Playing Too Loud


Turn down the banjo and put a muffler on that didgeridoo: Mayor Charlie Hales' office will this week begin citing street musicians for noise violations at Last Thursday. "We're going to start enforcing the noise this month," says Hales spokesman Dana Haynes. "We're going start having [noise officer] Paul Van Orden going out and telling people, 'Here's how loud your music can be.' If we come back and ...   More
Monday, June 23, 2014 AARON MESH


Portland officials say a besieged OLCC won’t crack down.

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As Mayor Charlie Hales continues to target neighborhood livability, city officials say he’s not getting cooperation from a crucial partner: the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, the state agency   More
Wednesday, September 4, 2013 AARON MESH

Two Men Fight Drill-Wielding Homeowner After Their Car is Towed at Last Thursday

"He was so weak that it felt like butterflies kissing me," victim says on Reddit.


The mess that is Last Thursday has now grown violent—over a parking spot.Two men assaulted an Alberta-area resident, who fought back with a cordless drill, after the homeowner had their car towed for blocking his driveway during Last Thursday, police say.The news adds to the woes of the 15-block street festival, where Mayor Charlie Hales has cracked down on widespread lawbreaking and seen the volunteer ...   More
Friday, August 30, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Hales Clears Last Thursday From Alberta Street — VIDEO


"Welcome to the loneliness of American fascism," a woman standing on the lawn of Community Supported Everything yelled as Portland Police officers began wheeling their bicycles down Northeast Alberta Street last night at 10 pm, clearing the revelers and vendors from Last Thursday. But the city dispersing of Last Thursday—a method Mayor Charlie Hales decided to employ after staff recorded widespread ...   More
Friday, June 28, 2013 AARON MESH

City Moves Forward with Last Thursday Despite Board Resignation


Mayor Charlie Hales announced today that the city will provide support and oversight later this week for Last Thursday, despite the resignation of Friends of Last Thursday's board on Monday. The monthly gathering in the Alberta neighborhood has become increasingly controversial as rowdy attendees have fallen afoul of neighbors. Here's the statement from mayoral spokesman Dana Haynes:The City of Portland ...   More
Tuesday, June 25, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Anti-Fluoride March draws big crowd at Last Thursday


Healthy Kids, Healthy Portland may have more cash in the war chest, but the anti-fluoride folks are trying to put more boots on the ground. Advocates for Clean Water Portland, the “no” vote in the measure to fluoridate the city’s water supply, held a raucous march down Northeast Alberta Street during Last Thursday. Revelers walked, biked, skated and danced the twelve blocks to a vacant ...   More
Friday, April 26, 2013 by Matt Kauffman

Portland Fall Arts Guide 2012: Different Thursdays

Tom Cramer takes his work from the Pearl to Alberta.

The Willamette River divides Portland’s art scene. Tony galleries in the Pearl District and Northwest exude First Thursday hauteur, while street artists turn Northeast Alberta Street into a fr   More
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 RICHARD SPEER

An Evening Concerning the Future of Alberta’s Popular "Last Thursday" Arts Festival

Mayor Sam Adams and City Commissioner Amanda Fritz, who oversees the city Office of Neighborhood Involvement, held a meeting last night that Adams hoped would air out “the positive, negative, and everything in-between” of Alberta's Last Thursday. Adams began the evening at the jam-packed Acadia Ballroom by informing people not to jeer, comment or clap at the testifiers. Asked instead ...   More
Tuesday, February 9, 2010 Ari Phillips

Water Fight!

Throughout recorded history, man has taken up water-filled arms to battle for resources, ideology and uninterrupted access to Slip n' Slides. On Thursday, July 29, 2010, Radio Room PDX joins this glorious history of aquatic combat with PORTLAND'S LARGEST WATER BALLOON FIGHT OF ALL TIME. Organizer Tim McMillan is sending the call out to local activity leagues and the general, all-ages Alberta community. ...   More
Friday, July 23, 2010 Caitlin Giddings


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