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Peacock Lane

Peacock Lane signage in 2013

Peacock Lane is a four-block street in southeast Portland, Oregon, U.S. It is known for its fully decorated homes during the Christmas and holiday season.[1] During this time of year, thousands of people come from all over the Portland area to view the decorated houses. Peacock Lane is also the namesake of the album Christmas on Peacock Lane by local musician Michael Allen Harrison.

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HistoryEdit

The community's website explains:

 
The "Peacock Lane Grinch"

Popular annual displays include several Peanuts characters ice-skating on a small pond, a plywood Oregon State Beaver and a large wooden Grinch from How the Grinch Stole Christmas! that has been a staple since the 1980s. The Grinch has been vandalized several times over the years. It was stolen for a brief period in 1994 and was decapitated in 1997. The Grinch now has a red bow tied around his neck to help conceal the damages.[3] More recent displays feature characters from Dr. Who, The Muppets, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Star Wars and several Nickelodeon cartoon shows. A life-sized mural of Will Ferrell's "Buddy" from the 2003 film Elf adorns a small stand that sells hot chocolate and coffee.[4] [5]

As the annual tradition has become increasingly popular, residents on the lane have cited their concerns over vandalism, heavy crowds and even public urination. To help combat these problems, the street is now closed to automobiles on certain evenings. The Portland Police department has also stepped up patrols and employs officers to direct traffic during busier hours.[6]

In June 2017, the area was nominated for listing on the National Register of Historic Places.[7]

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Potter, Connie (December 2005). "Streetscape: Peacock Lane -- New owners move in, but show goes on". The Oregonian. Retrieved January 1, 2007. 
  2. ^ "Peacock Lane History". Peacock Lane Website. 2012. Retrieved December 7, 2012. 
  3. ^ Murphy, Todd (October 30, 2009). "Bright Lights, Big Traffic". Portland Tribune. Retrieved December 7, 2012. 
  4. ^ M., Michelle (January 8, 2014). "Peacock Lane in Portland, Oregon". Lil Bit. Retrieved January 2, 2015. 
  5. ^ Harlan, Kohr (December 15, 2014). "Peacock Lane: Portland's Christmas Street". KOIN. Retrieved June 24, 2017. 
  6. ^ Boyle, Pat (December 19, 2011). "Peacock Lane Neighbors Upset With Crowds". KXL-FM. Retrieved December 7, 2012. 
  7. ^ Harden, Kevin (June 22, 2017) [published online June 16]. "Peacock Lane in line for historic status: Enclave nominated as example of 'early automobile suburb'". Portland Tribune. p. A1. Retrieved June 24, 2017. 

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