PDX Index: First Thursday

By Eleanor R. Brown August 19, 2011 Published in the September 2011 issue of Portland Monthly

25 Years since art galleries in the “Northwest Industrial Triangle” began staying open later on Thursday evenings

1 Gallery owner who (according to some accounts) suggested renaming the area “The Pearl District”

4,200 residential units added since 2002 in the urban-renewal district that includes The Pearl District

4 Starbucks opened in the Pearl since First Thursday began

56 number of galleries and other businesses that now participate in First Thursday

100 Percentage increase in revenue at Ben & Jerry’s Pearl District location on a summer First Thursday, versus an average day

11 Years since street-art vendors officially joined First Thursday

1:2 Ratio of accordion players to acrobats spotted at the First Thursday street-art gallery in July

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