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

This article appeared in the September 2011 issue of Portland Monthly Magazine.

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