Todd Kirnan, Coffee Man.
Todd, bronze Todd, and sculptor Heather Soderberg-Greene.

Todd Kirnan, Coffee Man

Field review by the editors.

Gresham, Oregon

Known locally as "Mister Gresham," or sometimes "Uber on legs," autistic Todd Kirnan is constantly on the move for the city's downtown businesses: getting coffee, going to the post office, taking out trash. Everyone in town knows him -- the mayor had the locker next to his in high school -- and the people of Gresham wanted Todd to know that he was appreciated. So on September 22, 2018, the city gave Todd a street party and parade, a ride in a Batmobile, and the unveiling of a life-size bronze statue of himself, dressed in his familiar #22 Portland Trail Blazers jersey. Sculptor Heather Soderberg-Greene gave Todd the peaceful grin of a Buddhist monk and a take-out tray with four large cups of coffee.

The statue was placed on a street corner where Todd would see it many times a day, and also allow tourists to take photos of bronze Todd and real Todd together.

Also see: Town Ambassadors

Todd Kirnan, Coffee Man

Address:
25 NE 3rd St., Gresham, OR
Directions:
Downtown. On the north side of NE 3rd St., just east of its intersection with N. Main Ave.
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