Why don't Portland's stoplight countdown displays sync with the yellow light?
Portland has been installing countdown displays at
stoplights. But sometimes when they count down, nothing happens—the
light remains green. Why can’t they sync with the yellow light, like
What’s the street value of the extra painkillers in my prescription?
Following hip-replacement surgery, I was given a
prescription for 160 painkillers called “Hydrocodone/APAP 5-325.” I’ve
taken only one tablet. What’s the street value of the remaining 159?
Is Portland noisier than most cities its size? I live
on a side street in Northeast Portland, and for whatever reason, every
dickhead in the city has to walk or bike by between 10 pm and 3 am
Just saw a news item entitled “Squirrel knocks out power for 7,400 Southeast Portland PGE
customers.” This demands an insta-response from Dr. Know: How does one squirrel take down a power statio
Is cycling worse for the environment than driving?
Is cycling worse for the environment than driving? The
theory I’ve heard is that cycling requires energy from food, which needs
to be grown, transported and cooked, and doing all that is worse t
Growing up, I learned you should tip 15 percent at
lunch and 18 to 20 percent for dinner. But what about at a place like
Laughing Planet, where you order at the counter? What’s the tipping
Portland is the land of the coffee hound, but it’s also
the home of zealous locavores. Coffee won’t grow anywhere near Oregon,
so it’s hard to be both of those things at the same time. Is th
Why can't apartment complexes have compost collection?
I live in a 10-unit apartment complex.
Why aren’t we allowed to compost like single-family homes? Our dumpster
is overflowing, and the recycling is stuffed with pizza boxes.
Shouldn’t we get
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