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The City of Portland, Oregon

Nick Fish (In Memoriam)

City of Portland Commissioner

phone: 503-823-3589

Email: nick@portlandoregon.gov

1221 S.W. 4th, Room 240, Portland, OR 97204

Portland Farmers Market set to expand for 2010 season

February 1, 2010

The Portland Metro area is home to more than 30 farmers markets, and at least two more at planned to debut this Spring, writes Karen Brooks in the February 1 Oregonian.

Portland Farmers Market, (PFM), nearly 20 years old, enjoys a collaborative, successful relationship with the Parks Bureau, and operates a collection of farmers markets in Portland which together serve some 20,000 shoppers per week.

This year, those shoppers will have more to choose from, as PFM opens a Monday market in Pioneer Courthouse Square and a new market at NW 23rd and Savier. The South Park Blocks market will also expand, nearly doubling in size when the season opens in late March.

Council weighing camping options

"During the worst recession of my lifetime, when there is tremendous growth in homelessness, I believe a compassionate city can work out a way to accommodate people who do note have homes," Commissioner Fish told the Portland Tribune's Jim Redden in an article on the Tribune's website this morning.

The Commissioner is working to develop guidelines to allow a limited number of people to camp on private property such as churches, and is working with Commissioner Dan Saltzman to shape guidelines regarding camping on public property.

These guidelines will be evaluated as part of a pilot program before becoming permanent - "I believe in test-driving the guidelines before asking a court to impose them on the city," the Commissioner told Redden.