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Dare I Say It – Portland Leads Seattle



Civility Improves Livability for All

Portland Held a Civility Summit in 2013


To share:

…concern(s) about the livability on our city streets, sidewalks, public transportation and park areas. We have each encountered countless examples of rude, unsavory, and even threatening behaviors walking around downtown Portland. It’s become enough of an issue that many businesses are concerned about their viability, and it increasingly affects Portland’s reputation with locals, tourists, visiting businesses and others.

Its mission to promote:

…civic values of mutual respect, personal responsibility, compassion, and adherence to the rule of law. We model these community values through our words and actions towards others. Upholding our civic values positively impacts individual esteem, community livability, economic and civic vitality, fostering an environment where crime and the fear of crime are diminished. Safety and enjoyment of our parks, sidewalks, public transportation and other public spaces depends on our shared civic responsibility to deter unacceptable behavior and promote positive community standards.

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Sally Bagshaw (blog: asked the City Attorney’s Office to identify City ordinances that address civilty on our downtown streets.  The following is the result.

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