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The State of State

Images from the Urban Renewal Project for State Street from 2013-14.

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    Photo by Kirby Neumann-Rea
    The way it looks now, with a seating wall and wider sidewalk. Landscaping will be added this spring, matching what has already been planted just to the east at Overlook Memorial Park. (The new restroom will be placed at far right, in front of the courthouse.)

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    Photo by Kirby Neumann-Rea
    Rick Olmstead of Hood River adds one of the finishing touches to the project, the brick “caps” that are found on seating walls in front of Riverside Church, at Sixth and State, and in front of the County Courthouse at Third Street. Rick’s son, Gannon, assisted.

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    Photo by Kirby Neumann-Rea
    December 2014, parking stripes and bike route symbols were placed on the asphalt.

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    Photo by Kirby Neumann-Rea
    Sixth and State, the old retaining wall (a mix of rock and concrete chunks that were crumbling into the draining ditch) and formation of the new wall in August 2014. In the background is the county administration building at Sixth and State. Asbury Church building is now in private ownership of Claudia von Flotow, who is developing it for commercial use.

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    Photo by Kirby Neumann-Rea
    Old sidewalk gets uprooted in January 2014.

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    Photo by Kirby Neumann-Rea
    This picture, a worker standing in a hole, putting something new into that hole — in this case a water line valve — best depicts the whole point of State Street Urban Renewal.

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    Photo by Kirby Neumann-Rea
    A narrow stairway in front of the County Courthouse, just east of Third Street, used to serve homes on the south side of State before the courthouse construction in 1956. The stairs were filled in and overgrown, but visible.

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    Photo by Kirby Neumann-Rea
    Two views at Third and State, in September 2013...

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    Two views at Third and State: ... and December 2014.

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    Photo by Kirby Neumann-Rea
    No one is sure when the river rock wall was built on the south side of State, between Second and Third just west of Overlook Memorial Park. Sometime in the late 19th century, it is believed. The boulders had turned green in the past 120 or so years, forming a distinctive barrier along that section of sidewalk.

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    Photo by Kirby Neumann-Rea
    Wall made of smooth river stones, believed to be about 100 years old, used to form a short stretch of the retaining wall just west of Overlook Memorial Park. Photowas taken in early December 2013 before the foot-long stones, and walnut tree, were removed as part of the Urban Renewal project.

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    Photo by Kirby Neumann-Rea
    The way it looks now, with a seating wall and wider sidewalk. Landscaping will be added this spring, matching what has already been planted just to the east at Overlook Memorial Park. (The new restroom will be placed at far right, in front of the courthouse.)

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