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Working Kirk Reeves was the Most Suggested Name for the Transit Bridge

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Records show more than 840 people suggested TriMet name the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Bridge after street musician “Working” Kirk Reeves—far more than suggested any other name. TriMet released its tallies of suggested names for the transit bridge this morning after ...   More
Friday, January 17, 2014 by AARON MESH

Transit Bridge Name Final Four: Duniway, Cascadia, Tillicum, Wy'East


On a recent morning, a flagger standing next to the under-construction Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Bridge told a WW employee that the landmark was getting a new name: The Abigail Scott Duniway Transit Bridge.

"That's what everybody's saying," she told our jogging correspondent.
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Wednesday, January 15, 2014 by AARON MESH

Oregonian Editor Peter Bhatia Didn't Get Nebraska Job


The Oregonian's top editor, Peter Bhatia, isn't headed to Nebraska after all.

WW reported in December that Bhatia was named one of five finalists for dean of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln'...   More
Monday, January 13, 2014 by AARON MESH

Neighbors Celebrate Demise of West Hayden Island Annexation With a Cake


If anybody was happier than Bob Sallinger to hear the Port of Portland had sailed out of a development deal for West Hayden Island, it was the residents of nearby manufactured homes and houseboats. Sallinger, the conservation director for the Audubon Society o...   More
Friday, January 10, 2014 by AARON MESH

Charlie Hales Learns Price Tag of Warehouse for Right 2 Dream Too, Abandons Idea


 Mayor Charlie Hales doesn't have a home for homeless camp Right 2 Dream Too after all.

A month after debuting a warehouse at 320 NW Hoyt St. and urging camp leaders to move indoors, Hales has abandoned the idea after learning the cost of tenant improvements on the building: $335,000.

"That was simply a hurdle too high," Hales spokesman Dana H...   More
Thursday, January 9, 2014 by AARON MESH

Nick Fish Sells the Water House for $394,950


Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish tells WW that as soon as he was given the Water Bureau to oversee, he gave his staff an order: “Sell the goddamned Water House.”
The city has made the sale, though at a huge loss.
On Jan. 4, the city unloaded that controversial building—a water-efficient demonstration    More
Wednesday, January 8, 2014 by AARON MESH

Port of Portland Pulls Out of West Hayden Island Annexation Deal

UPDATE: Hales says he'll let the deal die.


The Port of Portland has pulled out of talks to annex West Hayden Island, saying city environmental demands are too high.

Port Executive Director Bill Wyatt sent a letter to Mayor Charlie Hales this morning, saying City Council's unwillingness to budge on   More
Wednesday, January 8, 2014 by AARON MESH

Breaking Bread

How the redemption story of troubled baker Dave Dahl began to crumble.

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For years, a 6-foot cardboard cutout of Dave Dahl greeted customers at Dave’s Killer Breadquarters in Milwaukie. In the photograph, a grinning Dahl—with his baker’s smock, ponytail and anv   More
Wednesday, January 8, 2014 AARON MESH

City Won't Try to Revive Sit-Lie Law This Year


Mayor Charlie Hales' office says the City of Portland is abandoning any effort to revive the sit-lie law in Salem during the February legislative session.
"We are not taking a sidewalk ordinance to the legislature in 2014," says Hales' spokesman Dana Haynes. "We're not ready. And it's just such a high hurdle that we're not going to try it."Hales spent the summer sweeping h...   More
Tuesday, January 7, 2014 by AARON MESH

City Declares Labor Impasse with 1,600 Workers


The City of Portland today declared an impasse with a coalition of seven labor unions, signaling negotiations over a new contract have broken down.

"We started bargaining on Feb. 19," says Rob Wheaton, chief negotiator for the District Council of Trade Unions. "Essentially, they're saying that they don't want to talk anymore."

The DCTU represents more than 1,...   More
Monday, January 6, 2014 by AARON MESH

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