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Tobias McKay encourages city to charge only $25 if neighbors want to close down a street for the day.

I want a change in Oregon City, where people have to pay too much to have a block party. Block parties encourage neighbors to come out and meet each other and discourage criminals who don't want to be seen. If we had more block parties, more kids could come outside and not be afraid to get run over by cars. People could talk, while others might play guitar, soccer or sports.

PMG PHOTO: RAYMOND RENDLEMAN - Oregon City Girl Scouts Troop 45064 co-leaders Heidi McKay and Karen Buehrig celebrated the 2017 completion of a painted intersection at 11th and Jefferson streets, which required a $151 right-of-way permit from Oregon City officials.People with less money can't have parties, because they can't afford it. But rich people can have block parties, and no crime will come to their neighborhoods. So maybe the city could have people not pay money, or have people pay a lot less money, like $25, for each block party.

When my dad and I throw the football around in the street, some neighbors will come and throw with us, but the cars still come through a lot. If we had a block party, then no cars would interrupt our sports, people could bring their BBQs, more people would be happy in their homes and feel safe.

Lifelong Oregon City resident Tobias McKay is a student at Alliance Charter Academy.


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