Unwanted News Racks
Single‐use publication news racks are one of the many items competing for the use of public spaces. The widespread and haphazard distribution of these racks is a particular problem in active, pedestrian‐oriented neighborhoods. They often clog the right‐of‐way, creating obstacles for pedestrians and mass transit riders.
Local building owners and shopkeepers can participate in reducing the proliferation of single‐use publication boxes. The City of Portland code Title 17/Public Improvements ‐ Chapter 17.28.020 specifies the responsible party for side‐walk management as the owner of the property that abuts the right‐of‐way. This makes the property owner responsible for news rack encroachments which are placed haphazardly and aggressively by publishers. A publisher can place news racks all over the right of way without knowledge or permission from the property owner and without regard to encroachment or ADA violations. There is also no current City ordinance requiring that the boxes be maintained or even that they contain publications.
Good news! If you do not want news rack boxes on the sidewalk outside your store obstructing a crosswalk, hindering access to your business, encouraging graffiti, or accumulating trash you can take action and take back control of the sidewalks.
- If you are a building owner, contact the owner of the news rack(s) and request that the news rack(s) be removed from the sidewalk adjacent to your building.
- If you are a business owner, contact the building owner and request that the news rack(s) be removed from the sidewalk adjacent to your building.
Below is the contact information for a few of the publishers. Let them know you want their news rack box removed!
Apartment Finder Magazine firstname.lastname@example.org
Apartment Guide/Yellowbook/Rentals.com email@example.com
Asian Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org
Bear Deluxe email@example.com
Daily Journal of Commerce rynni.henderson@djcOregon.com
Epoch Times firstname.lastname@example.org
Home Seekers email@example.com
Jewish Review firstname.lastname@example.org
Metro Parent publisher@metro‐parent.com
Northwest Examiner email@example.com
NW Film Center School of Film firstname.lastname@example.org
Portland Menu Guide email@example.com
Portland Mercury firstname.lastname@example.org
Portland Observer email@example.com
Portland Tribune firstname.lastname@example.org
Real Estate Book email@example.com
Redirect Guide firstname.lastname@example.org
Willamette Week email@example.com