The progressive city of Portland, Oregon is discovering the value of walls.
In light of all the protests and riots, a barrier is being built around city hall.
So walls work now?
KATU News reports:
City Hall, Portland Building walled off to stop graffiti during protests
City workers are putting up plywood around Portland’s City Hall and the Portland Building downtown after both buildings were repeatedly tagged with graffiti during the nightly protests calling for racial equality and denouncing police brutality.
The city said that the plywood enclosures put up Tuesday are to help preserve city resources, as a team has had to clean the buildings each day. They say the paint is especially damaging to the porous limestone of City Hall.
According to a spokesperson for the city, they are looking at partnering with community artists to put murals on the plywood that support the racial justice movement.
For nearly two weeks, demonstrators have been gathering outside the city’s justice center, which is across the park blocks from City Hall and the Portland Building.
The center is currently surrounded by a chainlink fence and law enforcement officers.
See the photos below:
A plywood wall is going up around Portland City Hall. pic.twitter.com/Wb3xCvZi4J
— Portland Tribune (@ThePortlandTrib) June 9, 2020
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) June 9, 2020
Here’s a video of concrete barriers being put in place:
This video from the mayor sure hasn’t aged well:
Let's build bridges, not walls. Work together, not against each other.https://t.co/BHS3I7INsy
— Mayor Ted Wheeler (@tedwheeler) January 23, 2019