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Debt on Pointe

Oregon Ballet Theatre owes $300,000 in back rent. Just in time, here comes the arts tax.


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City officials finally produced details last week of a new arts tax that voters passed last November, requiring Portlanders to pay $35 a year to fund arts teachers in the public schools and suppor   More
 
Wednesday, March 6, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Timber Jam

A fired city bureau chief scores one last goal—expanding the parking district around Jeld-Wen Field.


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Sam Stidham, a sales clerk at West Burnside clothing boutique Reveille, had no idea that parking around the corner from her storefront had jumped to $3.50 an hour during Portland Timbers games.    More
 
Wednesday, March 6, 2013 AARON MESH

Teach Our Daughters Well

A new documentary looks at the promise, and lost opportunities, in education for girls worldwide.


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Outside the United States, losing out on an education means much more than poor job prospects. Girl Rising, a new documentary opening in Portland on March 7, makes the case that educating girls    More
 
Wednesday, March 6, 2013 KATE SCHIMEL

Whacking Cracks

Hales has found money to fix city streets. Residents say his plan has potholes.


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Jim Baker wants the City of Portland to repair the roads near his Hillsdale house. He just doesn’t like the one the city is choosing to fix. “I’m really happy to hear they’re patching    More
 
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 WW Staff

Saved by the Cell

In airing a police-shooting video, Portland cops are learning the art of media self-defense.


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When he ran for mayor, Charlie Hales promised he would change the culture of a Portland Police Bureau known for controversial shootings and violent treatment of the mentally ill. But when polic   More
 
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD, AARON MESH

Avenue of the Roses

A documentary filmmaker collects portraits of change along 82nd Avenue.


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I used to sneer at Chinatowns. I considered them tourist attractions that I wanted nothing to do with. I grew up in Taiwan with Chinese food and Chinese culture—what’s new to see in any ci   More
 
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 IVY LIN

Making It Up As They Go

As Kitzhaber pushes the CRC, the plan to pay for it is both fact and fantasy.


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The Columbia River Crossing project is on a fast track in Salem, sent racing toward approval by its biggest backer, Gov. John Kitzhaber. The governor—pushing a complex project with gaping fi   More
 
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Hotseat: Neil McFarlane

TriMet’s GM on the agency’s union costs, big penalties for fare dodgers, and why service cuts won’t be restored anytime soon.


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Neil McFarlane built his career on expanding TriMet. But he has become the face of cutbacks.  TriMet’s general manager since 2010, McFarlane has been locked in a bitter struggle with the    More
 
Wednesday, February 13, 2013 AARON MESH

Fiscal Bluff

The proposed budget cuts city bureaus are betting mayor Charlie Hales won’t make.


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It’s budget season at City Hall, the time of year when we’re told what a dystopian Portland would look like. Streets without cops. Homes burning out of control. Empty swimming pools, vagrants    More
 
Wednesday, February 13, 2013 AARON MESH

Lien On Me

Homer Williams builds new projects while owing the IRS and his ex-wife millions.


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Homer Williams is perhaps Portland’s best-known developer, famous for creating new neighborhoods like the Pearl District and South Waterfront. Williams—a top campaign contributor to Mayor    More
 
Wednesday, February 13, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS
 

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