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[[File:Vista_Bridge_from_Jefferson_Street,_looking_east_(2012).jpg|thumb|400px|Vista Bridge as seen from Jefferson Street, looking east towards [[downtown]].]]
 
[[File:Vista_Bridge_from_Jefferson_Street,_looking_east_(2012).jpg|thumb|400px|Vista Bridge as seen from Jefferson Street, looking east towards [[downtown]].]]
'''Vista Bridge''' (officially, '''Vista Avenue Viaduct''') is a striking bridge towering over SW Jefferson Street in the [[Goose Hollow]] neighborhood of [[Southwest]] [[Portland]].
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'''Vista Bridge''' (officially, '''Vista Avenue Viaduct''') is a bridge towering over SW Jefferson Street in the [[Goose Hollow]] neighborhood of [[Southwest]] [[Portland]].
  
 
[[File:Vista bridge rail bench lights IMGP2263a.jpeg|thumb|left|"Bench lights" highlight the occasional balconies or cloisters like this one along the bridge's pedestrian sidewalk.]]
 
[[File:Vista bridge rail bench lights IMGP2263a.jpeg|thumb|left|"Bench lights" highlight the occasional balconies or cloisters like this one along the bridge's pedestrian sidewalk.]]
Its striking profile, including tall "bench lights" rising above its massive arch straddling [[Tanner Creek Canyon]], earned it a listing in the US National Register of Historic Places in 1984.
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Its striking profile, including old-fashioned "bench lights" rising above its massive arch straddling [[Tanner Creek Canyon]], and expansive view of Portland from on top of it, earned it a listing in the US National Register of Historic Places in 1984.
  
Nicknamed "suicide bridge", its great height and spectacular view seems to be particularly attractive to jumpers looking to end the cosmic game. So much so that Portland [[City Commissioner]] [[Steve Novick]] approved a request by the Portland Transportation Bureau to put up 9-foot-high black mesh walls on the bridge in July 2013. However, since the bridge is federally protected from permanent alteration under the National Register of Historic Places, current city government is workind to convince the feds to permit this "temporary" wall installation to become a more permanent fixture.<ref>[http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2013/07/temporary_suicide_barriers_to.html Temporary suicide barriers to go up on Vista Bridge], David Stabler, [[The Oregonian]], July 9, 2013.</ref>
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Nicknamed "suicide bridge", its great height and spectacular view seems to be particularly attractive to jumpers looking to end the cosmic game in a spectacular way (though by no means original, as people have beein diving off since 1931). So much so that Portland [[City Commissioner]] [[Steve Novick]] approved a request by the Portland Transportation Bureau to put up 9-foot-high black mesh walls on the bridge in July 2013. However, since the bridge is federally protected from permanent alteration under the National Register of Historic Places, current city government is having to work to convince the feds to permit this "temporary" wall installation to become a more permanent fixture.<ref>[http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2013/07/temporary_suicide_barriers_to.html Temporary suicide barriers to go up on Vista Bridge], David Stabler, [[The Oregonian]], July 9, 2013.</ref>
  
 
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Revision as of 21:16, 10 July 2013

Vista Bridge as seen from Jefferson Street, looking east towards downtown.

Vista Bridge (officially, Vista Avenue Viaduct) is a bridge towering over SW Jefferson Street in the Goose Hollow neighborhood of Southwest Portland.

"Bench lights" highlight the occasional balconies or cloisters like this one along the bridge's pedestrian sidewalk.

Its striking profile, including old-fashioned "bench lights" rising above its massive arch straddling Tanner Creek Canyon, and expansive view of Portland from on top of it, earned it a listing in the US National Register of Historic Places in 1984.

Nicknamed "suicide bridge", its great height and spectacular view seems to be particularly attractive to jumpers looking to end the cosmic game in a spectacular way (though by no means original, as people have beein diving off since 1931). So much so that Portland City Commissioner Steve Novick approved a request by the Portland Transportation Bureau to put up 9-foot-high black mesh walls on the bridge in July 2013. However, since the bridge is federally protected from permanent alteration under the National Register of Historic Places, current city government is having to work to convince the feds to permit this "temporary" wall installation to become a more permanent fixture.[1]

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