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Homeless, Not Faceless

Occupy Portland forced the city to face its persistent problems with homelessness.


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The homeless were back occupying the spaces under the Burnside Bridge on Monday, one day after their downtown real estate had been reclaimed by the city over the weekend. The city shut down the    More
 
Wednesday, November 16, 2011 BRENT WALTH

An Unreliable Housing Audit

A city-funded housing audit misrepresented evidence, making discrimination in Portland look worse than it really is.


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In May, Portland got smacked in the face with embarrassing news: Nearly two of every three times they sought   More
 
Wednesday, August 24, 2011 BRENT WALTH

All Aboard!

The CRC’s backers want to use an obscure law for light rail to win approval for the freeway.


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Backers of the $3.6 billion Columbia River Crossing are working to keep the Interstate 5 bridge project from facing the same scrutiny other highway projects do under Oregon’s land-use laws. Inste   More
 
Wednesday, August 3, 2011 BRENT WALTH

Hotseat: Edward Glaeser

A Harvard economist says what we think about urban life may be wrong.


Hot Seat
Go ahead, keep on thinking the world’s big cities are dangerous and unhealthy, that they increase alienation and poverty. Edward Glaeser wants you to know the truth. Glaeser, a Harvard economist,    More
 
Wednesday, July 27, 2011 BRENT WALTH

Not Yet Over And Out

The state’s emergency radio project is dead, but its costs keep going up.


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Earlier this year, Gov. John Kitzhaber made clear he wanted to halt an ugly project he’d inherited when he took office: the proposed statewide emergency radio system called the Oregon Wireless In   More
 
Wednesday, July 20, 2011 BRENT WALTH

Not So Black & White

Why is the Fair Housing Council keeping details of its recent discrimination study secret?


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City Commissioner Nick Fish has been in crisis management for more than a month
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Wednesday, June 22, 2011 BRENT WALTH

Out Of Order

The Oregon Courts have so far spent $23 million on a new computer system with little to show for it.


Cops and Courts
The state of Oregon has a long history of bungled computer and high-tech projects: DMV, the State Data Center and OWIN   More
 
Wednesday, June 1, 2011 BRENT WALTH

Fish Identifies Apartment Owners Named in Discrimination Audit

Nick Fish

Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish has released the names of the owners and managers of 26 apartment buildings where a recent audit found evidence of housing discrimination.

The documents list the properties where the Fair Housing Council of Oregon audit found evidence of discrimination based on race or national origin. One    More
 
Wednesday, May 18, 2011 by BRENT WALTH
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