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Pay to Playground

City Commissioner Amanda Fritz proposes overhauling fees on developers to fund parks.


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City Commissioner Amanda Fritz is proposing a massive increase in some of the fees the city charges developers of new homes and commercial buildings. Fritz is proposing an overhaul of the fees   More
 
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 AARON MESH

Few Uber Allies

Car-sharing-app company Uber does two things: grow and devour.


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Like Audrey II, the talking plant in Little Shop of Horrors, the car-sharing-app company Uber—whose troubled entry to Portland is the subject of our cover story this week—does two things: gro   More
 
Wednesday, December 31, 2014 AARON MESH

Drivers, Wanted

The city can’t back up its tough talk about cracking down on Uber.


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It’s been nearly two weeks since Uber invaded Portland with a ride-sharing service that defies the city’s taxi rules. Portland officials pledged to take Uber to court, levy hefty fines and imp   More
 
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 AARON MESH

Hotseat: Ann Sanderson

A Woodstock hair stylist is leading the fight for Portlanders to vote on the street fee.


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Since May, Ann Sanderson has been battling the Portland street fee. She also helped design it. Sanderson, 50, owns Odango Hair Studio in the Woodstock neighborhood. When she spoke out against    More
 
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 AARON MESH

Ranger Danger

Park rangers seek higher wages and better training as the city questions their worth.


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It’s not the first time Dustin Meyer and Angela Wilson have caught the man drinking with his pals in the South Park Blocks. The two Army green- and khaki-clad Portland park rangers stand betwe   More
 
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 SAMI EDGE

Blocked Path

West Hills neighbors push back against plans to expand the Japanese Garden.


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A well-trodden path nestled near the edge of Portland’s Japanese Garden winds into Forest Park, the city’s 5,167-acre urban green space. A sign reads, “Path to Wildwood Trail,” marking o   More
 
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 REBECCA TURLEY

Obstacle Course

Portland has 25,000 places where the city doesn't comply with the Americans With Disabilities Act


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In 2011, the city of Portland and the Portland Timbers completed a $31 million renovation of the stadium now called Providence Park. The city-owned stadium added a concourse, concession stands,    More
 
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 AARON MESH

Hotseat: Ray Horton

A native Portlander talks about his (so far) lonely effort to recall the mayor and a city commissioner.


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Ray Horton is fed up. Like a lot of Portlanders, he resents the idea that households might have to pay a $144-per-year fee to pave streets. And he’s irritated by what he views as the high-ha   More
 
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 AARON MESH

Hotseat: Steve Novick

The City Commissioner talks about his (so far) unsuccessful fight to raise $50 million a year for streets.


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Portland City Commissioner Steve Novick’s road forward is uphill. The freshman councilor has begun a goodwill tour to heal the rancor from his attempt this spring to cram a citywide “street    More
 
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 WW Staff

Watching the Wheels

Portland’s road-paving backlog has grown in the past decade while city officials have delayed filling the hole.


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This week, Portland officials are navigating a switchback trickier than the Terwilliger curves.  They’re telling residents the city needs more money to fix its roads, even as they passed    More
 
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 AARON MESH
 

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