Changes coming for Alberta’s Last Thursday street fair

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FILE - Musicians set up for the monthly Alberta Street Fair in northeast Portland. (KOIN 6 News)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Changes are coming to the Last Thursday art event in the Alberta neighborhood.

On the last Thursday of every month during its season, artists, musicians and performers pack Northeast Alberta Street between 15th and 30th avenues for what’s billed as the largest art event in Portland.

But the event, billed as “Last Thursday,” has at times been a victim of its own success: massive crowds, rowdy people and late-night noise. Attendees also fanned out into adjacent neighborhoods, littering and even relieving themselves.

Portland Mayor Charlie Hales wants new rules to better control those issues.

So, as of May 30, the event will be required to make changes to meet its event permit requirements.

The street fair’s event permit now requires 15 certified security guards, and two portable toilets on every other block. It must shut down promptly at 10 p.m., and all musicians must comply with city noise ordinances.

For many people who live around here, it’s about time.

“I think it’s a stab at trying; I think it would be great,” said Jennifer Erickson, who lives and works on Northeast Alberta Street. “I think we really want to preserve Last Thursday and make it even better — make it so people are really looking forward to it. And creating some boundaries, it would be good.”

The 2013 Last Thursday season starts May 30, the Thursday after next. This is Last Thursday’s 15th season in the Alberta neighborhood.

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