Goodbye, Slovenly Newsracks of Downtown!

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FANCY!
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NANNY STATE BULLSHIT!!!
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HOW THE HELL AM I SUPPOSED TO THROW THAT THROUGH A STARBUCKS WINDOW THE NEXT TIME THE POLICE SHOOT SOMEONE?!
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Many, I can't wait to leave hella half-drank frappucinos in those fancy motherfuckers.
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*MAN. Not many. Sorry, I just get so excited to litter.
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I'm going to laugh when someone burns one of these $3,500 units.

I thought about if this could be a barrier to independent publishing, and I've done a lot of independent news distribution in the past in this city. Independent papers are very important in our society, and I’ve always really liked how easy distribution can be in this city. I did note that the Portland Radical has a spot on these new racks.

So: what's the process to get into one of these...? Do I just grab the shit that's currently in one and replace it with my own? That's what I'm assuming.

Also: How much is the Portland Mercury going to have to pay in order to put their paper in these racks, when the Mercury runs a hit piece on the Portland Business Alliance, and all of these racks are the private property of the PBA? Are these racks private property, or are they donated to the Public?
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Assume everything, research nothing.
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Multnomah Village has something sort of resembling the first photo in front of the Grand Central Bakery. So there.
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1) I hope Give Pizza a Chance paid some good money for that ad.
2) One could say that food carts are also a messy jumble.
3) The PBA is solely interested in homogenization, and this is a great example.
4) In regards to "insuring that sloppy newsprint apartment advertisers don't get free space on city sidewalks": YEAH! BOO FREE SPEECH, AND SIDEWALKS THAT ARE SHARED BY ALL.
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@Wm Steven Humphrey - They pay me in pizza, which is far more delicious than the peanuts I get paid here.

(kidding! kidding!)

@fidelity_axiom - good questions! I just got answers from the PBA. If a publication wants to be in the racks, they should email the PBA and they'll be added to a wait list that will be allowed into the boxes if space opens up. Space in the racks is free to papers. PBOT paid for the cost of the racks entirely, so they're public (I added a sentence to the original post noting that).
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But what am I going to sit on to watch the Rose parade??
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This is awesome! More space for the homeless youth to sprawl about.
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Unless the city can noodle a way to NOT limit access to just 8 or 10 or 12 publications, this is the nanny state picking winners and losers.

They love that of course. KoolAid Drinkers too.

Do YOU really want the gubmint picking winners and losers?