Contact: Lynn Hanrahan
Mirador Community Store
Kitchen + Health + Home
2106 SE Division Street
Portland, Oregon 97202
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Portland, OR. June 7, 2004
The owners of Mirador Community Store announced today that they will board over 2/3 of their outdoor community mural. After receiving a second citation from the Bureau of Develpmental Services (BDS) for an oversized "sign"
in March of 2004, the store came to an agreement with the bureau to get a sign permit, cover up all but 50 square feet with painted plywood and become legal.
The boarding up is planned as a community event for Thursday June 10, starting at 2:00 pm and all are invited. The mural painters, Bill and Mary Floyd, find themselves in the strange position of boarding up artwork that they lovingly painted two years ago and that has enhanced the building and neighborhood with its presence.
Owners Lynn and Steve Hanrahan are in this unfortunate position due to murals being included in the sign code after AK Media (now Clear Channel) won a lawsuit against the City of Portland in the late nineties. The court decision found that the City made an unconstitutional distinction between two types of speech, based on content. The City was faced with the choice of not regulating signs at all, or regulating murals as signs. The maximum size of a sign allowed at the location of Mirador is 50 square feet. Lynn & Steve feel that they are out of options and cannot afford to risk fines by the BDS nor afford a $1435 fee for a adjustment process that may or may not allow them their full mural. Their hope is that a way out of this will be found and that in the future, not only will their full mural be on display but Portland will have the benefit of a flourishing mural program.