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Airbnb Cuts Deal with Portland to Collect 11.5% Lodging Tax on Short-Term Rentals


Ever since Mayor Charlie Hales announced earlier this month the arrival of Airbnb operational headquarters in Portland, it's been clear the city is    More
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 by AARON MESH

Portland's Alta Bike Share Faces Mounting Criticism for "Disengaged" Handling of NYC's Program

UPDATE: Novick says he wants to talk to New York officials


Last summer, the future looked balmy for Portland company Alta Bicycle Share.The launch of its New York City system, Citi Bikes, was met with national acclaim—even the naysayers were    More
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 by AARON MESH

The Click Factory

With quotas and incentive pay for reporters, The Oregonian is again changing its readers’ experience.

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The future of The Oregonian is filled with questions.  Do you believe Portland is America’s fittest city? Should dogs be allowed in grocery stores? Would you accept a donated organ from a   More
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 AARON MESH

Most Portland Housing Bureau Loans Won't Be Repaid, Audit Warns


Less than 15 percent of the $357 million in outstanding Portland Housing Bureau loans is expected to be repaid, a new city audit reveals.

City Auditor LaVonne Griffin-Valade criticizes the bureau for not being transparent in reporting the loans it mak...   More
Monday, March 24, 2014 by AARON MESH

With Quotas and Incentive Pay, The Oregonian is Again Reshaping Its Experience for Readers

UPDATE: "This one is a doozy," writes David Carr.


Close readers of The Oregonian have borne witness to dramatic changes in the past several months. In October, the newspaper became a “digital first” media company, with news stories posted first to its website,, then dropped into a print edition that was reduced to home delivery four...   More
Sunday, March 23, 2014 by AARON MESH

VIDEO: Water District Campaign Releases Highlight Reel of City Spending


Call it the "One Shining Moment" of water and sewer spending videos.

Portlanders for Water Reform, the campaign backing a May ballot initiative to wrest control of Portland's utilities from City Hall, has released a highlight reel of spending hikes and dubious projects.

“This video...   More
Thursday, March 20, 2014 by AARON MESH

Portland Aerial Tram Getting Too Crowded, Planners Say


Seven years after its $57 million construction, the Portland Aerial Tram faces a perhaps enviable problem: It's too crowded at rush hour to be included in future transit planning.

"It's near capacity during rush hour right now," says Malu Wilkinson, principal regional planner for Metro. "So adding more people that need to use that tram would be a challenge."

The ...   More
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 by AARON MESH

Suite Surrender

Mayor Hales welcomes Airbnb to Portland, while its clients face city fines.

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For the past four years, Sheila Baraga has been running a 21st-century black-market guest house among the soaring elms of the Buckman neighborhood. Baraga turned a 1908 apartment building on South   More
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 AARON MESH

Hotseat: Nick Fish

The City Commissioner rails against what he calls a takeover of the city’s water system.

City Commissioner Nick Fish is in hot water. And by the standards of this usually placid lawyer, he’s boiling mad. Fish, who’s up for re-election, is fighting a second battle on the May ballot   More
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS , AARON MESH

Damian Lillard's Brother Didn't Make the Portland Thunder

Terry Emmert's arena football team kicks off tonight


Arena football returns to Portland tonight for the first time in 15 years when the Portland Thunder play their season opener in the Moda Center.

Not debuting: Damian Lillard's older brother Houston Lillard.

WW reported earlier this month that...   More
Monday, March 17, 2014 by AARON MESH

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