July 13, 2012, 2:11 amThe Portland City Council approved an ordinance this week, allowing four permanent newspaper racks to be installed on the four corners of Pioneer Courthouse Square. The racks will be able to house eight different publications, consolidating all those individual boxes into one. This idea was proposed by the Portland Business Alliance. Spokeswoman Megan Doern says the goal is to tidy up downtown Portland. She says a lot of the boxes sit vacant, are vandalized, or become more of a garbage can instead of a newspaper box. The PBA will monitor the boxes for a year, making sure they're used properly and cleaned regularly. If things go well after that, more will be installed. The racks will be covered with an anti-graffiti paint but the PBA will be responsible for cleaning them. The Portland City Council had to approve the boxes because they are a permanent fixture. You can see a prototype of the new racks here.