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Dr. Know: Rubble Rousing

What's with the pile of rock and broken cement at Southeast Water Avenue?


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I drive the Marquam Bridge daily, and on the east end by Southeast Water Avenue is a pile of rock and broken cement that neither grows nor gets smaller, even though giant backhoes are active the   More
 
Wednesday, June 5, 2013 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Horning In

Why do trains still have to blow their horns in town?


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Why in the name of the Almighty Monkey do we still have to suffer through trains blowing their horns as they crawl through town? I mean, this is 2013—can’t they figure out some better option t   More
 
Wednesday, May 29, 2013 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Taxi Cab Confusion

What is the story behind Union Cab?


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What is this Union Cab company, with its splashy periwinkle and orange sherbet-colored cars? Can Union be trusted? And who gave it permission to operate here? —Night Cabbie in SE Your signatur   More
 
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: The Truth Laid Bare

Does Portland really have the highest number of strip clubs per capita?


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I always hear that Portland has the most strip clubs of any city in the U.S.—or at least the most per capita. Are either of these claims even slightly true? —Statistically Curious I don’t    More
 
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: A Surprising Lack of Herbert

Why is nothing in Oregon named after President Herbert Hoover?


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U.S. President Herbert Hoover was from Oregon. How come nothing here is named after him? —Tequila Wilhelmina I admire your penchant for brevity, Willi. You should be on Twitter—and while you’r   More
 
Wednesday, May 8, 2013 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: The Art of Taxation

Why is the arts tax billed separately?


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I voted for the arts tax, but assumed it would be included in the “regular” tax. Why is it separate? It feels like a punishment: “You voted for it, here it is, in your face.” If I don’t    More
 
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: A Weighty Question

Has there always been a wealth of fat chicks in Portland?


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Has there always been a wealth of fat chicks in Portland? I used to brag about how cute (cute, not gorgeous) our women are, but lately I’ve seen a lot of boombalattys. What gives? —Free Willy   More
 
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Not so Hard Knocks

Why are boner pills so damn expensive?


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Why are boner pills so damn expensive? Even with my Kaiser insurance, it’s $135 for eight of the little bastards. Can’t our local meth cooks make this stuff? —Going Broke in Camas One of t   More
 
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Coming Clean

This column is a big fake, right?


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I’ve submitted some great questions to Dr. Know, and have read only lame questions answered lately. I conclude that the column is a clever ruse, like letters to a famous porn magazine of past.    More
 
Wednesday, April 3, 2013 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: A Bridge Too High

They say the CRC is designed to be too low. Would legalized pot in Oregon fix it?


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The folks planning the Columbia River Crossing bridge made it too low for big cargo carriers. Would legalized pot in Oregon fix this? Imagine: The bridge absorbs enough second-hand smoke to actu   More
 
Wednesday, March 27, 2013 MARTY SMITH
 

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