Are there any major cities besides Portland that use the weak-mayor system?
Portland has a “weak mayor” system of
governance where the mayor shares power with four commissioners. It took
me a little while to wrap my head around that. Are there any other
What's with the pile of rock and broken cement at Southeast Water Avenue?
I drive the Marquam Bridge daily, and on the east end
by Southeast Water Avenue is a pile of rock and broken cement that
neither grows nor gets smaller, even though giant backhoes are active
Why do trains still have to blow their horns in town?
Why in the name of the Almighty Monkey do we still have
to suffer through trains blowing their horns as they crawl through
town? I mean, this is 2013—can’t they figure out some better option t
What is this Union Cab company, with its splashy
periwinkle and orange sherbet-colored cars? Can Union be trusted? And
who gave it permission to operate here?
—Night Cabbie in SE
Does Portland really have the highest number of strip clubs per capita?
I always hear that Portland has the most strip clubs of
any city in the U.S.—or at least the most per capita. Are either of
these claims even slightly true?
Why is nothing in Oregon named after President Herbert Hoover?
U.S. President Herbert Hoover was from Oregon. How come nothing here is named after him?
I admire your penchant for brevity, Willi. You should be on Twitter—and while you’r
Why the far right and left have come together to defeat fluoride.
It’s an April evening at Dishman Community Center in Northeast Portland, and people are pissed.
The occasion is a
public debate between Healthy Kids, Healthy Portland, the local campaign
Has there always been a wealth of fat chicks in Portland?
Has there always been a wealth of fat chicks in
Portland? I used to brag about how cute (cute, not gorgeous) our women
are, but lately I’ve seen a lot of boombalattys. What gives?