Talk:South Park Blocks

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Research needed[edit]

  • When did the blocks around PSU become closed to autos? Appears to be sometime after 1970. I know there was a large debate about the merits of closing it to traffic. tedder (talk) 13:36, 2 March 2010 (UTC)
I am assuming you found the answer. Thanks for your wonderful contributions to this article--it looks fantastic! --Another Believer (Talk) 17:49, 3 March 2010 (UTC)


Has a DYK hook been nominated for this artile? If not, perhaps the one about the Park Blocks being Portland's first greenspace? --Another Believer (Talk) 15:44, 2 March 2010 (UTC)

None yet, please do. I'm head-down on 1600 Oregonian articles (only about 30% done). tedder (talk) 16:26, 2 March 2010 (UTC)
I went ahead and nominated a hook, but feel free to add an alternate if you see fit. --Another Believer (Talk) 17:56, 3 March 2010 (UTC)
Works for me, thanks for the nom. tedder (talk) 18:19, 3 March 2010 (UTC)

Re: Link to Overlook Park[edit]

Is the link to Overlook Park meant to direct readers to the MAX station, or an actual park called Overlook? --Another Believer (Talk) 01:35, 17 March 2010 (UTC)

Huh. Yeah, it should be the park itself- aka, Overlook Park Park at Overlook Park MAX. Can you confirm that the park itself doesn't have an article, aside being mentioned from the MAX stop? Just want to make sure I'm not missing it.. tedder (talk) 02:02, 17 March 2010 (UTC)
I have not seen an article to a Portland park by the name of Overlook, but I just wanted to make sure the news article was not referring to this Overlook Park. If the source is referring to a small park adjacent to the MAX station, then I wouldn't change anything. I was just a little confused. --Another Believer (Talk) 15:08, 17 March 2010 (UTC)

GA Review[edit]

The following discussion is closed. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section.
This review is transcluded from Talk:South Park Blocks/GA1. The edit link for this section can be used to add comments to the review.

Fairly well-written article throughout. It has only a couple minor problems -- first and foremost, I think the citations are a bit overboard. There should be no need to put four citations after just one sentence. Also, I'd move the fact about it being nicknamed the extended family room out of the intro and into the body, because that sentence doesn't summarize. I'm also concerned about the high number of red links throughout, but I'll assume good faith here.

Otherwise, yeah. Nothing stands out as a problem; the prose is well-written; there are more than sufficient sources; there are no concerns with original research; and all the major points are well-covered. If this were to get listed for FA, it would probably need a wider scope of sources. Reviewer: Ten Pound Hammer, his otters and a clue-bat • (Many ottersOne batOne hammer) 17:47, 19 April 2010 (UTC)

The above discussion is closed. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section.

Proposed enhancements[edit]

Wow. This article was a lot of work and research. I commend the author(s) for the significant work and effort. Nice work.

As I read through the article I found the section on Events to be rather lengthy and somewhat hard to follow. I wonder if all the level three sections under Residential park blocks might be brought up to the same level "two", because they seem more equal than subordinate to that section. Then break up the Events section into subsections by decade or something with a combination of decades and then maybe a special section on protests since there appears to be so many.

I would also recommend some of the sentences with more than three citations lose the extra citations. If it only occurred once or twice it would be fine, but with so many it is distracting in my opinion. § Music Sorter § (talk) 04:59, 23 June 2010 (UTC)

I agree that A) Tedder did a fantastic job with this article and that B) the Events section could use a bit more organization. With so many references and events listed, some organization by chronology could help. --Another Believer (Talk) 16:25, 23 June 2010 (UTC)
Yep. I can certainly agree with the changes if someone wants to do them. Hopefully someone can give a clear narrative to that section- I was happy to just get the information up. tedder (talk) 16:28, 23 June 2010 (UTC)


One item that needs more attention in this article is the section about the 1971 Park Blocks Police Riot. (This probably deserves its own article.) That not only was notable at the time--it turned a Viet Nam protest that had limited support amongst its students--into a lightning rod of anti-establishment sentiment. Some observers consider this one event tainted Police Commissioner Frank Ivancie's reputation, which led to his defeat in the 1984 Mayoral election. (One pollster reported that when he added his own dog's name to a list of possible opponents in the race, the dog was preferred to Ivancie by 2% of persons surveyed.) And as someone who attended PSU in the late 1970s, I can attest the police riot was still a vivid memory; the Vanguard ran a special edition about the event in the 1980s. I'm surprised & saddened that there is no mention of this violent event in the article about the University.) -- llywrch (talk) 23:22, 11 August 2013 (UTC)

Walking tour[edit]

I haven't checked to see if this source has been added to the article, but making note of it here for future reference. ---Another Believer (Talk) 15:50, 10 July 2015 (UTC)