PORTLAND The City of Portland has filed an ordinance to extend weekend street closures in Old Town Portland until this fall. The proposal is expected to be voted on by the City Council at its next Wednesday meeting.

Police said Old Town, Portland s entertainment district, is the epicenter for calls in the city. In December, the city started shutting down streets there, to see if it would curb crimes.

Police said the number of incidents of crime has been down since the closures.

Mayor Charlie Hales proposed the extension last month on portions of NW 3rd Ave from W Burnside to NW Everett St, NW Couch from NW 2nd Ave to NW 4th Ave, and NW Davis from 2nd Ave to NW 4th Ave between 10 p.m. and 3 a.m. on Fridays, Saturdays, and other event dates specified by police.

The extended program, if approved by the City Council,would begin on the weekend of June 7 and will end on October 27.

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