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The Fan Who Wasn’t There

The Blazers are scorching. Why are seats empty at the Moda Center?

A seat at the Portland Trail Blazers’ Dec. 12 home game against the Houston Rockets should have been a hot ticket. The matchup at the Moda Center featured the Blazers, the NBA’s hottest team,    More
Wednesday, December 18, 2013 AARON MESH

Real Clear Science Ranks Portland's Fluoride Vote Among 2013's Top 10 "Junk Science" Events

Website places it alongside Bigfoot and mermaids.


'Tis the season when media feels obligated to publish Top 10 lists ranking the year's cultural moments.

It is also, apparently, a chance for the science press to take one more kick at Portland for that fluoridation vote.

Real Clear Science, a national lab-rat news aggregator owned by Forbes, has released its list of the 10 events it dubs    More
Thursday, December 12, 2013 by AARON MESH

Novick Seeks $2.5 Million for Portland Bike Share's Second Phase


City Hall still can’t get to phase one of its long-delayed Portland Bike Share, but City Commissioner Steve Novick is already making a play for money to fund phase two.

Novick is seeking $2.5 million from the Oregon Department of T...   More
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 by AARON MESH

Right 2 Dream Too Property Owner Says The City Has Offered to Buy His Land

UPDATE: PDC confirms $1.2 million appraisal


UPDATE, 2:01 pm: Portland Development Commission spokesman Shawn Uhlman confirms the agency has given Michael Wright a $1.2 million initial appraisal for his land.
"That price could come down," Uhlman says. 
ORIGINAL POST, 11:51 am: The owner of the property that currently hosts homeless camp Right 2 Dream Too says he's received a verbal offer from the...   More
Tuesday, December 10, 2013 by AARON MESH

Can Brian Libby Save the Gas and Coke Building?


Brian Libby is jumping into the Superfund muck—to save an abandoned gas plant.

The Portland architecture critic has a history of fighting for neglected landmarks, leading the campaign in 2009 to preserve Memor...   More
Monday, December 9, 2013 by AARON MESH

Blue Oregon Wants FCC to Pull KPOJ's License

Station now broadcasts Trail Blazers games


Time has not healed all wounds from the killing of Portland progressive talk radio.

Even though local hosts Carl Wolfson and Thom Hartmann are    More
Thursday, December 5, 2013 by AARON MESH

Novick, Hales Hunting for New Transportation Taxes and Fees


When Mayor Charlie Hales took office last winter, he said Portland City Hall wouldn't pursue new taxes for streets and sidewalks until "after we show we mean it with black tar."

The city has patched 76 miles of streets this year, closing in on the may...   More
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 by AARON MESH

No Safe Harbor

An aide mayor Hales said would help lead the Portland Harbor cleanup has a conflict.

City Hall
Mayor Charlie Hales was hoping to make a big splash in the Superfund cleanup of the Portland Harbor. In October, Hales announced he had lured state Sen. Jackie Dingfelder (D-Portland) to become    More
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 AARON MESH

Ndamukong Suh Destroyed Soccer in Portland


OK, so that headline isn't totally fair.

But then the entire point of this Grantland essay, timed to Thursday's turkey-day football games, is that stories about Grant High School star-turned-Detroit Lions lineman ...   More
Wednesday, November 27, 2013 by AARON MESH

Save the Swales!

Enviros take the water district battle to the green streets.

News Stories
Southeast Clay Street doesn’t look like a political battleground. On a rainy afternoon, workers in hardhats are digging a hole deep into the sidewalk at the corner of Southeast 9th Avenue, a b   More
Wednesday, November 27, 2013 AARON MESH

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