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The City of Portland, Oregon

Portland Bureau of Transportation

Phone: 503-823-5185

Fax: 503-823-7576

1120 SW Fifth Ave, Suite 800, Portland, OR 97204

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Street Painting Projects

Street Painting Project in Portland, OR

Street Paintings explore the bounds of creative placemaking by installing large-scale painting right on the road. They can be found at residential intersections and mid-block on quiet residential streets. These projects feature community-designed and implemented paintings with a process that builds relationships between neighbors and increases residents' ownership of place. 

These projects are initiated, designed, installed, and maintained by the local community.  Neighbors will typically talk with each other at block parties, community potlucks, or door to door to find neighbors interest and ask for ideas to create a proposed design and location.  The following steps are the basic elements to obtaining a permit:

  1. A community proposes a design and location for installation
  2. The City Traffic Engineer approves the design
  3. A petition is created with signatures from 100% of the directly adjacent properties and a total of 80% of all properties along the street in each direction for 400 feet.
  4. Permits are issued for the painting and for a block party street closure to install the painting
  5. The painting is maintained as the community chooses.  Often maintenance occurs every 1 to 3 years. 

For more information about street painting, please contact Greg Raisman at 503.823.1052 or greg.raisman@portlandoregon.gov