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Friday in Portland: Portland's population continues to decline, Mt. Tabor Art Walk returns this weekend and more

Emily Scarvie

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(PORTLAND, Ore.) Hello Portlanders! It's Friday, May 19 - Here's your daily round up of all the news happening in the City of Roses.

1. Multi-vehicle crash near Albany leaves 7 dead, more injured

Seven people are dead and several others injured after a multi-vehicle crash on I-5 south of Salem Thursday afternoon. Oregon State Police responded to reports of a three-vehicle crash on I-5 northbound at milepost 241 near the Santiam River Rest Area just after 2 p.m. The initial report involved two semi trucks and one passenger vehicle. The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

The seven deceased people are adults, and there were multiple additional injuries, but police have not released further information on the extent or nature of the injuries. Police said more information will be released after the families of the victims have been notified.

2. Mt. Tabor Art Walk returns to SE Portland this weekend

The annual Mt. Tabor Art Walk returns this weekend with high-quality visual art created by southeast Portland artists. The event features 38 artists, who will showcase their work from their studios, community spaces and homes.

There will be ceramics, glass, fiber art, jewelry, mixed media, photography, painting, sculpture and more. The Art Walk is happening on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission to the event is free.

3. Portland's population continues to decline, but not as much as first year of pandemic

Portland’s population is declining, but not as quickly as it was during the first full year of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to new estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau. Many of the largest U.S. cities were among the largest population “losers,” but that changed in 2022.

Portland didn’t make the list of the 15 fastest-declining cities in 2021 or 2022, but it did lose population both years. From July 1, 2020 to July 1, 2021, Portland lost 11,226 people. During that same period from 2021 to 2022, the U.S. Census Bureau estimates Portland lost 8,308 people. Oregon as a whole saw a population decline from 2021 to 2022.

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