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TriMet Taking Down Gresham's Living Room

Read about how teenagers spent their nights in the furniture


TriMet is removing its 12-year-old Living Room sculpture from the Gresham Transit Center—because too many loitering teenagers are sitting in the concrete furniture.

The sculpture will be dismantled at the end of October and returned to its creator, artist Tamsie Ringler.

"Completed in 2001, the artwork has raised safety and security concerns since 2008,"...   More
Tuesday, October 15, 2013 by AARON MESH

Fish Flushes $4,200 Sewer Calendar


Facing a ballot-initiative battle over control of Portland utilities, City Commissioner Nick Fish is trying to show he's cutting costs at the water and sewer bureaus.

The latest casualty? The Bureau of Environmental Services' 2014 wall cal...   More
Monday, October 14, 2013 by AARON MESH

Multnomah County Commissioner Deborah Kafoury Will Resign Friday To Run for Board Chair


Multnomah County Commisioner Deborah Kafoury tells WW that she will resign her seat Friday to run for County Chair.

“I’m really proud of the work that we have done at Multnomah County," Kafoury says. "We have made some real gains since I've been on the commission.”

Kafoury's announcement is not surprising. Since former chairman Jeff Cogen admitted...   More
Monday, October 14, 2013 by AARON MESH

Street Roots Raising Money to Publish Weekly


Not every Portland newspaper is cutting back its print editions. Street Roots, the scrappy urban-issues newspaper sold by homeless vendors, is making plans to go weekly.

Executive director Israel Bayer announced at the annual Street Root...   More
Friday, October 11, 2013 by AARON MESH

Water District Backers Seeking Signatures

But ballot initative language doesn't solve East Portland problem.


The campaign to wrest Portland's water and sewer bureaus out of City Hall control can start asking for your signature this weekend.

But it may have some explaining to do to East Portland voters.

A Multnomah County Circuit Court judge on Wednesday issued a ruling (PDF) on dispu...   More
Thursday, October 10, 2013 by AARON MESH

City Club Wants You to Pick a Water-Fluoridation Alternative


On May 21, Ballot Initative 26-151, the Portland measure that would have required the fluoridation of the city's drinking water, was soundly defeated by voters—and former City Commissioner Mike Lindberg turned out to celebrate.
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 by AARON MESH

Air Apparent

Jefferson Smith returns progressive talk radio to Portland’s airwaves.

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Jefferson Smith wants to make news again—not as the focus of the media machine but as part of it. Smith, the former candidate for Portland mayor, has engineered a broadcast-radio deal to bri   More
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 AARON MESH

Rip City vs. No Pity: The Owners

A Mad Lib for knowing your moguls.

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All fans feel a symbolic ownership of their team. In Portland, this tribal pride has manifested itself in touching and bizarre displays: gathering in Pioneer Courthouse Square to honor the arr   More
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 AARON MESH

Rip City vs. No Pity: The Matchups

Which team has earned fan loyalty? Check the stats.

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Where they play: Blazers: East side! In the Rose Quarter, a non-neighborhood best known for bus stops. Timbers: West side! In Goose Hollow, a historic neighborhood best known for pubs.  Sta   More
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 AARON MESH

Rip City vs. No Pity

Blazers or Timbers: Who owns Portland?

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Kristin Leichner is driving toward the unthinkable. She’s been attending Trail Blazers basketball games since 1996, when her family used earnings from its trash-hauling company to buy season   More
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 AARON MESH

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