Just when you thought you had run out of space for your home garden, Portland Bureau of Transportation is giving you more for free! Well, maybe.
According to PBOT's Dan Anderson, PBOT plans to lay out new guidelines for private planter boxes that lie in residential areas between sidewalks and city streets, expanding the urban garden. While this has been an option for residents for two years, the new plan may no longer require the hefty $180 permit fee to use the publicly-owned patch of land.
This potential upgrade follows the tumultuous initiation of these planter boxes in 2009, when the city destroyed Portlander Jordan Benner's box for being on public property. Benner fought back, leading to the creation of the permits.
But for now, nothing is set in stone. Anderson says PBOT will announce its decision in the fall. Oh, the possibilities!