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Dr. Know: How does the city decide when a new building is just too ugly to be built?


Dr. Know
Who approves building designs? Specifically, who approved the hideous “Zipper” building at Northeast 28th Avenue and Sandy Boulevard? Were any of the neighbors consulted? How does the city   More
 
Wednesday, June 10, 2015 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Why do Portlanders like waiting in line so much?


Dr. Know
On the freeway, when you see a sign that says, “Left Lane Ends, 1 Mile,” when should you merge right? I say “in 1 mile,” but most people change lanes immediately, and think I’m a che   More
 
Wednesday, June 3, 2015 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Doesn’t Portland have an ordinance forbidding people from broadcasting noise with speakers in public?


Dr. Know
Portland’s street musicians are usually just annoying, but with the addition of amplification they become intolerable. Doesn’t Portland have an ordinance forbidding people from broadcastin   More
 
Wednesday, May 27, 2015 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Why are Portland's walk and transit scores so low on Walkscore.com?


Dr. Know
Portland has a large and beefy bike score on Walkscore.com. But I was stunned by our walk and transit scores. We’re below Seattle, and even Los Angeles! What gives? —Troy I realize we’ve   More
 
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: What’s up with the erupting volcano off the Oregon Coast?


Dr. Know
What’s up with the erupting volcano off the Oregon Coast? When will it break the surface and form an island? Will the new land be part of Oregon, or up for grabs to whoever wants to plant th   More
 
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Why is it so hard to execute convicted murderers?


Dr. Know
We can euthanize animals—even elephants—without incident. “Assisted suicide” seems to work. So why is it so hard to execute convicted murderers that some states are reviving firing squ   More
 
Wednesday, May 6, 2015 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: If right-wingers question Obama's eligibility for the presidency, how can they support Ted Cruz?


Dr. Know
The right-wingers carried on about Obama supposedly being ineligible for the presidency, so how can they be supporting Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) for president? Cruz was born in Canada to a Cuban f   More
 
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: If pot is legal July 1 but stores can't sell it until a year later where do I get it?


Dr. Know
I can have pot for my own consumption starting July 1, but the stores to sell it to me won’t open for another year. How am I supposed to get my hands on the green stuff? —Inquiring Minds I   More
 
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: What does a “Managed Service Point” sign on a mailbox mean?


Dr. Know
A little “Managed Service Point” sign was affixed to our mailbox last week. What the heck is that? I asked our postman and he said it’s to “improve efficiency.” How does that work? ��   More
 
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Why can't TriMet schedule the MAX trains so that I don't just miss my connecting train?


Dr. Know
My commute entails changing MAX trains at the Rose Quarter. Nearly every time, I arrive just in time to see the connecting train leaving. Why can’t TriMet use Transit Tracker data to adjust    More
 
Wednesday, April 8, 2015 MARTY SMITH
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