PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) – A plywood wall that briefly surrounded Portland City Hall has been taken down.

The city says it put up the wall because the building has been vandalized nearly every night since protests for George Floyd started in Portland, and cleaning graffiti off the limestone surface is time consuming and expensive.

Late Tuesday, however, the city told workers who had just erected the wall to take it down in the morning. City officials said the wall was a mistake and that they need to put their relationship with the community first.

Portlanders FOX 12 spoke with said they were glad to see the wall go.

"Building a wall and in this country right now, and after the past four years we’ve been preoccupied with building walls, and I think more walls need to come down than be put up,” Jeff Henderson said.

City officials say the total cost of the plywood enclosure is estimated at $30,000.

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jstrong

Give the plywood to Hardesty for her "little people of color" project. That's $30K for her PET project. With the plywood her "children of color" can build things, learn a trade unless that's asking too much.

Frederick Fukov

Dude..electing you TWICE..was the mistake. But that's the mentality of your typical Multnomah County voter. All one has to do is to take a good long look at the people in those crowds downtown. Not a lot of brain cells or common sense in those crowds.

racecar57

right you are !!!

Ms Acras

Why is Fox trying to silence my minority voice by taking down my post?? email me with why at sunnyplace@gmx.us... here it is again...Fox reported the wall was up to save money because of the high cost for cleaning limestone/building. So how is that now a mistake? It wasn't expensive to clean? Nope, it was then reported it was because the policy of protecting the building sends a bad message to the community. We'll then don't stop at walls, take down those doors and get the message on the walls in city hall where the workers can be reminded of all this every workday so it's not forgotten. Maybe get one of the main hallways dedicated to spraypaint messages. But, we need to be careful of the spraypaint fumes so it should only be done late at night.

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commentor

'The city says it put up the wall because the building has been vandalized nearly every night since protests for George Floyd started in Portland, and cleaning graffiti off the limestone surface is time consuming and expensive.' Well since these protests are no longer about George Floyd, but rather just punks destroying / looting / vandalizing anything and everything in sight, they should have left the wall up.

Ms Acras

Commentor... why can't punks, looter and vandals be heard. That's why I say let them in the building to express themselves because that's basically what the spokesperson said the city did wrong. Protecting the building from a greater expense of cleanup is nonsense keep cleaning up so new messages of hope and a better future can be expressed on a clean canvas.

Commentor, are being sarcastic to get your point across? your silly.

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Ms Acras

Fox reported the wall was up to save money because of the high cost for cleaning limestone/building. So how is that now a mistake? It wasn't expensive to clean? NOPE, it's because the policy of protecting the building sends a bad message to the community. We'll then DONT stop at WALLS open those DOORS so we can see with spraypaint inside the building on those WALLS the message we as a society and workers there desperately need to hear. Leaving it outside is wrong the city employes need to be reminded in the halls they walk and work in. Come on spokesperson get it right you've missed the mark again. I'm losing hope.

NOYB

Unlike Jeffies opinion, most Portlanders and Oregonians would like to see that southern wall span the entire border. As for the one around PDX city hall, it should remain to keep us safe from the usual occupants.

racecar57

That's a good one !!!

jangley

Spending other peoples money $30,000 at a time with little to no thought.

Ms Acras

I agree with you it wasn't a mistake to try and save money by cleaning the building. Let's keep the spraypaint going on public and our own homes so we don't miss the message. Please join me by spraypainting your residence and help me get the word out to those that just look the other way.

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Merlin

Plywood barriers are the new decor for Potland.

Pdxnative1979

A $30k mistake, meanwhile many of us are still waiting for unemployment! Also, did the city at least use this mistake to help the poor? Did they at least donate the wood to a charitable organization?

Ms Acras

I agree with you it wasn't a mistake to try and save money by cleaning the building. Let's keep the spraypaint going on public and our own homes so we don't miss the message. Please join me by spraypainting your residence and help me get the word out to those that just look the other way.

commentor

Don't miss what message?

Ms Acras

I agree with you it wasn't a mistake to try and save money by cleaning the building. Let's keep the spraypaint going on public and our own homes so we don't miss the message. Please join me by spraypainting your residence and help me get the word out to those that just look the other way.

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