The duty of most public servants is to suffer and be forgotten, and yet our city is filled with streets and parks and various geographic nodes named after dead white men, no longer powerful.

Many cities recognize their mayors with the same banal trophies – but interestingly – Portland hasn’t. Especially in the arts.

Let’s make a list. Mine is incomplete because my brain is incomplete. If you can think of a commemoration, artistic or geographical of a recent Portland mayor, make a comment below.

And we’ll soon see who has been forgotten – already.

Tom Potter – nothing yet.

Vera Katz – Eastbank Esplanade and bronze sculpture by Bill Bane near base of Hawthorne Bridge.

Bud Clark – Commemorative plaque under West end of Burnside Bridge, and with former County Chair Don Clark, The Clark Center – a homeless shelter. I also remember a portrait by Henk Pander. Wonder where that is?

Connie McCready – nothing.

Neal Goldschmidt – nothing yet. But greatly deserved.

Frank Ivancie – nothing.

Terry Schrunk – Commemorative plaque in Terry Schrunk Plaza, adjacent to City Hall.

Fred Peterson – nothing.

Dorothy McCullough LeeSee right – a plaque outside of City Hall Council Chambers.