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Dr. Know: Glaring Omissions

Overlooked Oregonian Inventors


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The most inventive Oregonian? Probably Douglas Engelbart, who invented the computer mouse. Frances Gabe patented the self-cleaning house in 1984. And Henry Phillips invented—wait for it—the    More
 
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Portland’s Better Mousetraps

Does Portland lay claim to any big inventions?


Dr. Know
I recall that when I lived in Baltimore, there used to be a poster in City Hall that listed all the things that originated there (the refrigerator, the Ouija board, the dredger, Bromo-Seltzer, e   More
 
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: For the Greater Good

Why don’t the police arrest drivers with dark-tinted side windows?


Dr. Know
Recent studies have shown that over 93 percent of drivers with dark-tinted side windows are either drug dealers, pedophiles or repeat sex offenders. Why don’t the police arrest these deviants    More
 
Wednesday, November 6, 2013 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Appreciation Deprecation

Can property tax assessments be appealed?


Dr. Know
I got my property tax assessment, and it’s gone way up—even though I’ve made no improvements to the property! It’s nice that my house is worth more, but I feel gouged. Can these assessme   More
 
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Post-Apocalyptic Suspension

Which Portland bridges are capable of surviving the Big Quake?


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After the big one hits and we Mad-Max our way out of the rubble, which bridges will be available for pedestrian, biking and automobile use? I am preparing a post-disaster beer-run map as part of   More
 
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Portland’s Pained Smiles

Is Portland as passive-aggressive as people say?


Dr. Know
People new to Portland tell me that our city is very passive-aggressive compared to other places. I’m sorry to say that I agree with them. What gives Portland this reputation, and what, if a   More
 
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Light Rail, Heavy Expenditures

Why does light rail cost so much?


Dr. Know
Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail cost $1.5 billion for 7.3 miles, or $205 million per mile. I’m a mass-transit fan, but yikes! I don’t see gold leaf on any of the new tracks, so I’m stumped. Ho   More
 
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Metro Contextual

What the heck does Metro do anyway?


Dr. Know
I’m running for Metro president, but there seems to be a general ignorance as to what Metro is. Before campaign season kicks off, can you explain to folks what it does? This way I can talk more    More
 
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: 2BR, 1BA, 1 Drawbridge

Is the city using the little house on top of the Steel Bridge?


Dr. Know
I was wondering if the city is using the little house on top of the Steel Bridge? If it’s for lease, I think a hardwood floor and some IKEA furniture could transform it into a sweet pad.   More
 
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Curbing Car Use

Are restaurant Street Seats legal?


Dr. Know
Recently, restaurants have begun expanding their dining areas by annexing public, on-street parking spaces to build little outdoor decks for tables and seats. Will you please comment on the lega   More
 
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 MARTY SMITH
 

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