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Tour Unlocks WPA Treasures For Cyclists

OPB | June 15, 2013 4:27 p.m. | Updated: June 17, 2013 6:25 a.m. | Portland

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Portland cyclists have the opportunity to tour the city’s WPA treasures this month.

Moscato led a group of about three dozen across the city, to see original and restored WPA works.

Moscato led a group of about three dozen across the city, to see original and restored WPA works.

April Baer / Oregon Public Broadcasting

Marc Moscato, with the group Know Your City, leads cyclists across six locations to see murals, carvings, a fountain, and more works commissioned by the federal government through the Works Progress Administration, at the height of the Great Depression.

Moscato says the aim is to connect people with historically significant places.

Moscato said, “It’s in a way being mindful of your surroundings, being present, understanding our connection. You have a certain civic responsibility as a citizen of any place to know about its culture and its history.”

Gallery owner Mark Humpal tells the story of a mural by painter Paul Grellert in a southeast Portland post office.

Gallery owner Mark Humpal tells the story of a mural by painter Paul Grellert in a southeast Portland post office.

April Baer / Oregon Public Broadcasting

Moscato says Portland is full of WPA projects, and also people who are knowledgable about them.

The ride concludes with a visit to the Portland Art Museum, which has several examples of WPA works in its archives.

The group will repeat the ride next Saturday (June 22), and is planning several future trips, including one to Eastern Oregon.

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