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Dr. Know: Do houseboats require permits to be anchored where they are?


Dr. Know
I’ve been noticing the same two houseboats anchored on the Willamette south of the Hawthorne Bridge since summer. Do they require any permits to reside there, or is it “anything goes”?    More
 
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Are there spent fuel rods at the former Trojan nuclear plant?


Dr. Know
Are there still spent fuel rods stored at the site of the former Trojan nuclear plant, or were they moved to Hanford when the cooling tower was dynamited by PGE? Also, would it be legal for a ne   More
 
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Did Portland really have a floating whorehouse?


Dr. Know
I hear that back in the gangster days, Portland was home to a floating whorehouse. Now that weed is legal and taxable, should we bring back this idea and tax it, too? It could be our version o   More
 
Wednesday, December 3, 2014 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Can I pay for a coin-op parking meter space using the “smart meter” across the street?


Dr. Know
There are still a few coin-operated parking meters in Portland. As a civilized human, I rarely carry any cash, much less four bucks in quarters to park downtown for three hours. Can I pay for    More
 
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: What's driving all the growth in Portland?


Dr. Know
I’ve been out of town for a while. Now that I’m back, I see change everywhere. New light rail and construction all over. What gives? Is the economy better? Is everyone moving here because of   More
 
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Why are temperatures on public transit so extreme when we live in such a moderate climate?


Dr. Know
It’s fall, and my streetcar is becoming a sweaty, muggy mess again. Whenever the outdoor temperature drops below 80, they start blasting the heat. Why are temperatures on public transit so ext   More
 
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Why is there an optional ballot-secrecy envelope in Oregon?


Dr. Know
Why is there an optional ballot-secrecy envelope in Oregon? Was there some nefarious tampering or spying in the past that warranted its development? —Enveloped in Curiosity I don’t mean to   More
 
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 MARTY SMITH

Why is Slabtown labeled “The Bucket” on Apple and Google maps?


Dr. Know
I see that the neighborhood we all call Slabtown is labeled “The Bucket” on Apple and Google maps. Is this a so-called “copyright trap” by mapmakers, or does anyone in the city actually    More
 
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: There should be a law against getting a table before ordering from the counter.


Dr. Know
In many Portland restaurants, you order at the counter, then get a number to take to your table. But some folks get a table before they order—when I go to find a table, they’ve all been snak   More
 
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Why can't my Portland water bill be monthly instead of quarterly?


Dr. Know
Can you explain why, unlike every other bill I pay, my city of Portland water bill can’t manage to come in once a month? I’m going along, minding my own business, when, wham!, I’m blindsid   More
 
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 MARTY SMITH
 

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