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City planning -- Oregon -- Portland, Urban community development -- Oregon -- Portland


Legal Walls PDX charts a path toward a more inclusive atmosphere for street art, and specifically graffiti, in Portland by planning a legal graffiti wall for public expression in the Central Eastside Industrial District. This plan proposes legal routes forward, as well as recommendations for implementing, designing, and stewarding the wall. These recommendations are informed by stakeholder outreach, best practices in other cities, and key advisory interviews. The complementary zine presents the idea of a free wall through storytelling and provides an approachable version of the plan for a wider public audience.

The companion zine is available below in the Additional Files.


This effort would not have been possible without the creative energy, courage, and candor of the graffiti writers and street artists who contributed to this plan and the Portland Street Art Alliance. They collectively shape Portland’s graffiti and street art legacy and continuing culture. We are also indebted to the members of the Central Eastside Industrial District community and City of Portland officials, who openly shared their perspectives and enriched our planning process.

Faculty workshop advisors: Marisa Zapata and Deborah Stein


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legalwalls_digitalshort_06082019.pdf (5991 kB)
Companion Zine