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Portland Mall Management, Inc. News

APA Great Places Award
The American Planning Association (APA) announced on October 1st that SW 5th & SW 6th avenues in downtown Portland is one of 10 Great Streets in America. The designation is the result of the revitalization and renovation made along the Portland Transit Mall as part of the MAX Green Line extension in 2009. The designation includes the 57 blocks along the Portland Transit Mall between NW Irving and SW Jackson Street. To read the full press release, please click here.

Vic Rhodes, PMMI Operations Manager, Announces Retirement
Vic Rhodes has played an instrumental role in the creation of Portland Mall Management, Inc. (PMMI) and the implementation of its mission to maintain the Portland Mall to the highest standards of cleanliness, safety and capital maintenance. Vic  has been involved with PMMI (and its informal predecessor organizations) from 2006 to 2014. He provided early technical advice leading to the development of detailed maintenance protocols and budgets for all aspects of the Mall infrastructure, including brick intersections, street furniture, street trees, art work and transit shelters. He assisted the PMMI board in the negotiation of public agency, partner and vendor contracts and provided on-going oversight of PMMI daily operations. Vic carried out his PMMI duties with extreme diligence, frugality and good humor. Upon Vic's retirement in November, Jeri Jenkins, former City of Portland Bureau of Transportation, CBD Program Manager, will take over as Operations Manager for Portland Mall Management, Inc.

We Need Your Help
In order to maintain a polished downtown, PMMI requests that businesses on SW 5th and 6th Avenues take part in tending their respective landscapes whenever possible. This includes weeding the tree wells and swales in front of each business. All Portlanders benefit when PMMI and the neighbors that surround the Transit Mall work together to maintain a beautiful and livable downtown district.

For any questions on Portland Mall landscaping please email


Upcoming Mall Events

Mondays on the Mall On Monday, October 20th the Urban Plaza at Portland State University (SW 6th & Montgomery) will transform into a harvest festival! From 12:00pm to 1:00pm take a break from work and visit the plaza to celebrate all things fall. Guests can enjoy a warm beverage from Starbucks while listening to live music. Event attendees can also satisfy their sweet tooth with a free mini pecan or pumpkin pie courtesy of Pacific Pie Co, and a walk home with a free mini pumpkin!

Mark your calendars for Free Fun on Portland's Transit Mall!

October 20th
Harvest Festival at SW 6th & Montgomery at the PSU Urban Plaza

November 17th
Winter Wonderland at SW 5th & Taylor at Pioneer Place


For more event information please visit



The Great Figgy Pudding Caroling Competition
Portland Mall Management, Inc. and Pioneer Courthouse Square are resurrecting The Great Figgy Pudding Caroling Competition that was held at the Square from 1992-1995. Figgy Pudding is a fun and festive event that will bring caroling groups of all ages to the heart of downtown. The name comes from the old English Carol that begins "we wish you a Merry Christmas" and in a later verse, carolers demand a reward for their singing "go bring us some figgy pudding!" This free caroling competition will be held on Friday, December 12, 2014 rain or shine from 5:30pm - 7:30pm along downtowns transit mall. The winning caroling group will receive the grand prize of $1,000! Groups of 3 or more are invited to register online here.

Mall Partner Messages

Update on TriMet Tilikum Crossing Bridge
The United States Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx recently visited the Tilikum Crossing and the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Project to highlight how transit creates ladders of opportunity to help Americans get to the middle class. From getting employees to work, to cost effectively easing congestion, to giving seniors, youth and people with disabilities full access to our society, TriMet plays a key role in shaping our region.

More than two decades in the making, the Portland-Milwaukie light rail project demonstrates what federal investments can do when we have the opportunity to plan for our future. The Federal Transit Administration’s $745 million grant was matched locally by a mix of public and private contributions. To date, the Tilikum Crossing project has helped create nearly 12,200 jobs just when our region needed jobs most. Mark your calendars—the MAX Orange Line will open on time, and on budget, September 12, 2015. To read more please click here.

Stimson Lumber Tree Arrival
On November 14th, the city's 75-foot tall Douglas Fir will parade down 6th avenue for all to enjoy. Festivities include a parade, the Beat Goes on Marching Band, seasonal songs performed by the Dickens Carolers and free hot chocolate provided by Unitus Community Credit Union.

The community will then gather in Portland's Living Room on the Day After Thanksgiving, November 28th, to celebrate the lighting of the spectacular 75 ft tall tree provided by Stimson Lumber. Guests will enjoy a community sing-a-long led by Thomas Lauderdale featuring members of Pink Martini, “Oregon’s Own” 234th Army Band, the NW Community Gospel Choir and many more. For more information on other holiday events at the Square please visit

Contact Us

As we work together with Transit Mall stakeholders we need your help to keep the Transit Mall clean, safe and active by reporting real-time issues. From graffiti removal to light pole operations we want to know.


Click here to report transit mall maintenance issues.

About Portland Mall Management, Inc.

Portland Mall Management, Inc. (PMMI) is a 501(c)(3) public-benefit corporation with the mission to work in partnership with the City of Portland, TriMet, Clean and Safe, Pioneer Courthouse Square and local stakeholders to maintain Portland's Transit Mall. Working collaboratively, PMMI helps to keep the central Transit Mall the business-friendly and pedestrian-oriented environment that thrives today.

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