Street Roots is going the way of Chinatown. The 14-year-old newspaper based in Old Town and sold by homeless vendors all over Portland just opened its first branch office out on 82nd Avenue this week.
Street Roots began as a paper with five vendors and a print run of about 1,000 and now employs between 40-50 vendors and distributes 8-12,000 papers every two weeks, according to Bayer. The staff will start small with the new 82nd Avenue branch office, sending 2-4,000 papers there for pickup every other week. Bayer says the group is aiming to establish a dozen permanent locations for vendors and a dozen semi-permanent locations between 39th and Gateway over the next year.
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