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Best of Portland 2011

The people, places and things that make this city great—now, and for the past 26 years

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“I have an idea,” our publisher said, charging headlong into my cubicle, “for Best of Portland. This is the 26th year.    More
Wednesday, July 27, 2011 BEN WATERHOUSE

Bad Neighbor

One wealthy Portlander’s tool kit for conflict resolution: tasers, chain saws and “coffee bombs.”

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On Aug. 22, the most expensive home ever sold in Southeast Portland will be auctioned on the steps of the Multnomah County Courthouse.     More
Wednesday, July 20, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

The Blogfather

MetaFilter founder Matt Haughey put the blog in blogosphere. Now he looks to the future.

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Thirty-five miles from Portland is the home of one of Oregon’s hottest tech properties. It’s a long way from the “Silicon Forest” of local startups. It’s an even longer way from those who   More
Wednesday, July 13, 2011 RUTH BROWN

Death of a Yogi

The battle for a corporate empire, hundreds of millions of dollars and the meaning of a faith.

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In downtown Portland, across Southwest 5th Avenue from City Hall, stands a tall glass and aluminum tower. Inside this building, the Pacwest Center, is a safe. This safe keeps many secrets, but thi   More
Wednesday, July 6, 2011 COREY PEIN

Trash Cop

Bobby Heaukulani is the only detective in the nation investigating illegal dumps.

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Growing up on Army bases in the South, Bobby Heaukulani’s favorite TV show was Hill Street Blues. He liked to play with BB guns. When asked what he wanted to be when he grew up, he always said polic   More
Wednesday, June 29, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

The Good, the Bad and the Awful

Our ranking of Portland-area lawmakers.

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Reader Beware: What follows is mostly gossip and opinion. Since 1977, WW has surveyed Salem lobbyists, state Capitol staffers and political journalists to get their views    More
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Tech Wizards of the Silicon Forest

The aggressive dork CEOs spearheading Portland’s startup scene.

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Luke Kanies believes he’s found the solution to Portland’s economic woes. Strike that: Luke Kanies believes he is the solution. “Two years ago, when I moved to town, people were like, ‘Oh,    More
Wednesday, June 8, 2011 AARON MESH

A Bridge Too False

Turns out most of the case for the $3.6 billion Columbia River Crossing Isn’t true.

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If anyone should love the idea of creating jobs and boosting the Oregon economy, it’s Katie Eyre Brewer.  Eyre Brewer is a freshman Republican representative from Hillsboro, as well as a form   More
Wednesday, June 1, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Dirt Roads, Dead Ends

Portland has 59 miles of unpaved streets. Guess who promised to fix them.

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Last week, Mayor Sam Adams provided reporters a peek at his proposed city budget, which is set for a City Council vote on June 16. The mayor points with pride    More
Wednesday, May 11, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

Best New Band 2011

The 10 local acts Portland’s music insiders are talking about (and listening to).

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Quick! Name your 350 favorite Portland bands. Yeah, it’s kind of a tough one. But that number represents the shared wisdom of the 161 local music experts   More
Wednesday, May 4, 2011 WW MUSIC STAFF

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