Speaking of Randy Leonard—who’s earned a new nickname around here, City Commissioner of the Week!—I was thrilled to see him on the evening news last night, lambasting the prevalence of taped up sidewalks in the days leading up to June 9’s Grand Floral Parade. Leonard noted that it’s “not fair” that short little kids, and people who show up the morning of the parade (like himself) find themselves shoved to the back of the sidewalk—pushed back by lawn chair wielding Greshamites who think their blue tape means they own a patch of public concrete.
The TV reporter—who likely broke some ancient Portland code of ethics by peeling up a corner of someone’s magical tape as a visual aid for her report—said Leonard will bring up the issue before next year’s parade. Meanwhile KATU’s got a rolicking viewer debate going on—with most comments opposed to the taping, like this gem:
My view is if I sit down and it happens to be taped off too bad. I have just as much of a right to sit there as anyone who might have “thought” it was claimed. What are the idiots gonna do about it?
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