Stark Street

Stark Street is an east-west-running street in Portland, Oregon, in the United States. The street is named after Benjamin Stark, and Southeast Stark Street and Southwest Stark Street are divided by the Willamette River.

Street signage, 2011

In late 2017, activists proposed renaming Southwest Stark Street for gay rights activist Harvey Milk, noting that Stark was an unapologetic racist who advocated for slavery.[1] In June 2018, the city council approved renaming that 13-block stretch of Stark, which is entirely within downtown,[2] as SW Harvey Milk Street.[3] The name change took effect immediately upon the council's approval of the ordinance enacting it.[4]

In Washington County, West Stark Street acts as the dividing line between the streets prefixed with Northwest and those with Southwest.

On January 26, 2021, a man went on a vehicular rampage on Stark St., killing an elderly woman and injuring 5 other pedestrians.[5][6]

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  1. ^ Griffin, Anna (December 29, 2017). "Supporters Want to Rename a Portland Street for Harvey Milk — And Send a Message". Oregon Public Broadcasting.
  2. ^ Griffin, Anna (June 14, 2018). "Portland Leaders Rename Downtown Section of Stark Street for Harvey Milk". Oregon Public Broadcasting. Retrieved 2018-06-15.
  3. ^ "City to rename part of SW Stark in honor of Harvey Milk". KGW. June 14, 2018. Retrieved 2018-06-15.
  4. ^ "Ordinance 189020 – Rename SW Stark St to SW Harvey [sic] St". Auditor's Office, City of Portland. June 13, 2018. Retrieved 2018-08-07. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "Driver hits 'multiple pedestrians' in SE Portland; 1 dead, 5 hurt". 2021-01-25. Retrieved 2021-01-26.
  6. ^ KATU Staff (2021-01-25). "Driver kills pedestrian, injures several others in SE Portland; neighbors say intentional". KATU. Retrieved 2021-01-26.

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