Flag of Portland, Oregon
The city flag of Portland, Oregon, consists of a green field on which is placed a white four-pointed directional star from which radiate blue stripes, each bordered by L-shaped yellow elements. Narrow white fimbriations separate the blue and yellow elements from each other and from the green background. The official ordinance specifies a width of 5 feet and a height, contradictorily, of both 36 inches (3 ft) and 34 inches.
City ordinance 176874, adopted September 4, 2002, designates the design and its symbolism. Green stands for "the forests and our green City"; yellow for "agriculture and commerce"; blue for "our rivers" Portland straddles the Willamette River near its confluence with the Columbia River.
The flag was designed by longtime Portland resident and graphic designer Douglas Lynch in 1969. The previous version of the flag adopted at that time included, over Lynch's objections, a dark blue canton containing the city seal; Lynch and fellow members of the Portland Flag Association were able in 2002 to convince the city council to simplify the design to better reflect the original intent.
- Purcell, John M.; with James A. Croft and Rich Monahan (2003). "Portland, Oregon [by Mason Kaye]". American City Flags (Part 1: United States). Trenton, NJ: North American Vexillological Association. pp. 274–279. ISBN 0-9747728-0-1.
- City Flag general description and legal specification (from City Auditor's website)
- Portland, Oregon (U.S.) at Flags of the World
- 99% Invisible podcast, Episode 140: Vexillonaire - Tells the story of the 1969 & 2002 Portland flags