Neighbors still leary of Last Thursday issues

Neighbors still leary of Last Thursday issues

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by Reggie Aqui, KGW Staff

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Posted on April 22, 2014 at 11:12 AM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 23 at 12:26 PM

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PORTLAND -- As it enters its 17th year, Portland's popular Last Thursday celebration on Alberta Street continues to draw familiar complaints from neighboring residents.

"There are a lot of neighbors dealing with vomiting, fornicating, (defecating) in their yards and they're tired of the clean up," Heather Gonsior told KGW.

Some neighbors want the arts, crafts and food street gala that takes place the last Thursday of the month shut down. As many as 20,000 people have walked the event in one evening.

The mayor's office says that is not going to happen, though there was an admission at a community meeting that the event costs too much and lasts too long.

Last Thursday next month will end at 9 p.m., said mayoral aide Chad Stover.

They hope the event, which cost taxpayers $75,000 last year, eventually becomes self-sustaining with vendors being charge a fee, but Stover provided no specific timeline.

"I wake up with a pit in my stomach every morning of a Last Thursday," said neighbor Sean Swaggerty.

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