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The fight to save Portland's trashiest trailer park.

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John Fahrer climbs atop the twisted wreckage of a charred 40-year-old single-wide and surveys his empire. The overgrown weeds can't hide the wreckage: busted furniture, rusted auto engines, discarded ...   More
Wednesday, August 11, 2004 Dan Cook


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Although city officials say last month's murder of Madison Suites co-owner Ilaben Patel highlights the need to address crime in Portland's low-end motels, troubleshooter John Campbell's phone remains ...   More
Wednesday, August 4, 2004 Dan Cook

An Unwelcome Wake-up Call

Motel murder highlights dangers to tenants and managers.

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Last Tuesday, 15 Indian men who knew Ilaben Patel approached the door of a room at the Madison Suites Hotel, took off their shoes, laid them neatly at the doorstep and stepped inside.Patel, 45, was pa ...   More
Wednesday, July 21, 2004 Dan Cook

Westport in a Storm

Owner forced to sell Northwest flophouse.

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Rodney Huschka, owner of Westport Villa, bowed to city pressure earlier this month and agreed to prepare his century-old flophouse for sale.Huschka bought the insect-infested, dilapidated building at ...   More
Wednesday, July 14, 2004 Dan Cook

Tenants from Heaven

Sixty vulnerable renters in Northwest could be looking for new homes.

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Portland landlord Rodney Huschka expects there will be a special place in heaven for him because of the compassion he's showing to his tenants here on earth in Portland.Such delusional thinking is abo ...   More
Wednesday, June 2, 2004 Dan Cook

Mapping Out Homelessness

The city and county take a new approach to providing affordable housing.

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Erik Sten thinks he's got an answer to the city's chronic homelessness problem, and he swears it's not just rearranging the cubicles in City Hall.Last week, the city commissioner joined housing advoca ...   More
Wednesday, May 5, 2004 Dan Cook

Motel Tenant Claims Victory

All States resident Denise Muggli avoids eviction and gets paid for her trouble.

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At Multnomah County Housing Court, most of the action takes place in the hallways, as landlords and tenants haggle like buyers and sellers in a bazaar to settle their disputes without getting a judge ...   More
Wednesday, April 28, 2004 Dan Cook

Room Service

City commissioners promise to clean up Portland's sleazy motels.

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Two Portland City Council members are vowing to clean up local "no-tell motels," the city's housing of last resort for the poor--and do so in a way that doesn't force the occupants into the streets.Ci ...   More
Wednesday, April 21, 2004 Dan Cook

Portland's New Money Man

Mike Michael is banking on corporate philanthropy.

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Sometimes it seems like you can't toss a $250 plate of rubber chicken in this town without splashing some béarnaise sauce on George Passadore. The balding, mustachioed bundle of energy has used ...   More
Wednesday, February 11, 2004 Dan Cook


The Top 30 News Events of 2003

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Glancing furtively over our shoulders, we allow a sigh to escape. Yes, we are glad to see the last of 2003. Lampooned by Doonesbury. Bludgeoned by the jobless "recovery." Embarrassed by our bask ...   More
Wednesday, December 31, 2003 Dan Cook
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