KNA Urges City to Protect Livability on Last Thursdays

The King Neighborhood Association has delivered a letter to the mayor and city council urging that the Last Thursday events be managed by a responsible entity that is accountable to the neighborhoods along Alberta. As many as 10,000 visitors come to Alberta Street on some summer months. The impact of such a large street fair occuring monthly in a dense residential neighborhood had brought chronic complaints of noise, disruptive behavior, and illegal parking. KNA believes that the benefits to the Alberta business community should not come at a cost to residents’ livability.

Alchohol remains the biggest issue and most other complaints stem from the behavior of some intoxicated visitors who see Last Thursday as a reason to over-imbibe. John Janulis, owner of the popular restaurant and bar, the Bye and Bye, currently closes his establishment on Last Thursdays to avoid the disruptive clientele that comes to Alberta those nights. In 2008, the OLCC cited the Bye and Bye due to people having open alchohol containers in the parking lot. Mr. Janulis explained in a letter that accompanied the KNA letter that most of these people were not Bye and Bye customers. In order to avoid the risk to his business and liquor license, Janulis made the decision to close once a month and hires security to patrol the lot and rents a portable toilet to keep the lot clean.

As the City of Portland continues to discuss how Last Thursday should evolve, KNA hopes that the solution leads to a responsible body administering the event. That organization would be accountable for any undue impacts on the neighborhoods due to visitors and would make whatever changes that may need to be made.

Last Thursday Letter–click here

5 thoughts on “KNA Urges City to Protect Livability on Last Thursdays

  1. Ken Forcier

    I am surprised that a letter of this ilk would be sent without first being vetted by other neighborhoods where the event is also held. I do not recall any mention of this letter having been made at our North East Coalition of Neighborhoods board meetings. Concordia and Vernon may also have wanted to weigh in here. We are all now working toward solutions for the perceived problems with last Thursday. In my opinion, this kind of event, which crosses neighborhood boundaries, should be addressed through consensus between all of the concerned neighborhood associations.

  2. teri phillips

    “Don’t shoot the messenger”, and let us not start quibbling amongst ourselves (association groups/committees) This has been an ON GOING issue. in many forums….not every group or person is going to be in every conversation nor was there any deliberate intention in excluding anyone KNA did nothing wrong here…lets move on to a resolution.
    KNA board member

  3. Maureen Mimiaga

    Ken,
    The KNA sent the letter in response to strong feelings on the part of some in our association. It was quite a lengthy process simply to get the letter done and seen by all involved just at the neighborhood level, and we wished to send the letter to get the ball rolling, rather than risk further delay. That said, we very much invite collaboration with other involved groups, and welcome input from Sabin and Concordia, NECN, Friends of Last Thursday, SALT, and any other stakeholding groups.

    As I’m sure you are aware, Last Thursday is such a complicated issue with so many stakeholders, it is a difficult topic on which to gain consensus. However, we welcome discussion with the other involved NAs.
    Thanks very much for your input.
    Maureen Mimiaga, KNA Board

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