Thursday, August 28, 2014

Seen on the street, No. 3 , parking enforcement vs construction crew.

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The expected, a parking enforcement officer at work. I took this photo at 10:36 a.m. on July 3. In Portland's Downtown District, parking meters operate 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 1 p.m. to 7p.m., Sunday, unless otherwise posted. I wonder if she is entering a ticket for the truck with the barricades in it. Here's one reason why I'm wondering--I found this on the city's Web site: Why do some people get to reserve parking spaces? Contractors who have purchased construction permits from the Bureau of Development Services are allowed by City code (Title 24) to reserve the parking spaces around the project area. Typically at any time about 500 downtown parking spaces are in use for construction activities or other reserved uses.

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The unexpected, her pointed toe seconds after the standard pose seen in the other photo. I took this one at 10:37 a.m. Wonder what made her move her right leg? Did she all of a sudden notice the crew shown in the next photo and realize she needed to delete what she'd entered?

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Since this crew surely is working on the street because the city needed it to be done, wouldn't this crew have been assigned there to do that work and therefore not need to have bought a construction permit so that they could park close by? I doubt the city lets just anyone take apart a street and go to work in a hole. Maybe the pretty tiles needed to have their foundation reinforced. We'll never know how it turned out because my bus arrived and I left for the Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival. But, my guess is that the man looking to the left noticed the parking enforcement officer and alerted the flagman to intervene. What do you think?

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Seen on the street, No. 2, one of my favorite Portland fountains

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Unofficially titled "The Car Wash," this fountain always captures my attention, especially in this sort of  profile view. I've read on the City of Portland Web site that during its hours of operation--8 a.m-10 p.m., spring, summer, fall--a wind gauge shuts it off fairly often as a precaution for the safety of pedestrians. The sidewalk is glazed tile which can be slippery when wet, more so than concrete. The wind gauge only lets it flow during very calm conditions, shutting off the water if the wind speed exceeds 2 miles per hour. The fountain is made of steel, and as best I can tell, created by Carter, Hull, Nishita, McCulley & Baxter, installed in 1977 at SW 5th Avenue and Ankeny Street. The red and white seen through the evergreen hedge is on the roof of the gas station on West Burnside, between SW 5th and SW 4th--I often catch my last bus home from Portland Trail Blazer games in front of that gas station. I took this photo while I waited for the bus to the Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival on July 3.