Flag of Portland, Oregon

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Flag of the City of Portland
Flag of Portland Oregon.svg
Use Civil and state flag
Proportion 3:5
Adopted 1969
Design Blue stripe surrounded by a yellow stripe within a white stripe, on a green background.
Designed by Douglas Lynch

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 of 3 feet.

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"[1] 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.

Fans waving the flag at a Portland Timbers (Major League Soccer) Game.
The Portland Flag flying.

In 2004 the design was ranked among the top ten U.S. city flags in a large Internet-based survey conducted by the North American Vexillological Association.[2]

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  1. ^ Giffin Valade, Lavonne. "Auditor's Office: Chapter 1.06 Official Flag". PortlandOnline.com. City of Portland, Oregon. Retrieved 2 December 2014. 
  2. ^ "2004 American City Flags Survey" (PDF). 

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