Will Portland Rents Rise as High as San Francisco's?

Watch video of Kim-Mai Cutler’s full presentation to Metro.


Kim-Mai Cutler came to Portland bearing bad news.The San Francisco tech journalist, who covers the Bay Area’s housing crisis for website TechCrunch, spoke to WW last week in advance of a Sept. 18 presentation at regional planning agency Metro. “No middle- or lower-income people can basically afford to show up in San Francisco anymore,” Cutler said. That warning struck a nerve with anxious Portlanders, ...   More
Monday, September 21, 2015 AARON MESH

Reduce, Reuse, Redefine

Metro needs more garbage. So it’s aiming to tax some of Portland’s recycling.

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On one of the grittiest patches of industrial Northwest Portland, Terrell Garrett handles the kind of recycling you won’t see at Burgerville or in an episode of Portlandia. More than 100 trucks ru   More
Wednesday, August 19, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

Regional Officials Backing Away from $900 Million MAX Tunnel Under OHSU


Seattle can keep Bertha the borer. Portland regional officials are backing away from plans to drill a tunnel under Oregon Health & Science University to run a light-rail line to Tualatin.Staffers for regional planning agency Metro working on plans for new light-rail or rapid bus line in Southwest Portland have recommended abandoning plans for a light-rail tunnel with MAX stops underneath Marquam ...   More
Friday, June 12, 2015 AARON MESH

Metro Offers to Give Convention Center Hotel Opponents a Parking Lot


Government officials trying to build an Oregon Convention Center hotel have offered to give project opponent Gordon Sondland a parking lot in order to get him to drop three lawsuits against the project.Sondland, CEO of Provenance Hotels, has been battling a headquarters hotel at the convention center for a decade. But he's now negotiating with Metro to let the project proceed.WW reported Wednesday ...   More
Friday, May 8, 2015 by Aaron Mesh

The Oregonian's State Politics Desk Loses Another Reporter


The Oregonian has lost another state politics reporter. Yuxing Zheng is leaving the paper to work as a spokeswoman for Metro.Zheng, 29, covered the state legislature and Gov. John Kitzhaber's office. Metro, the regional planning agency, internally announced Zheng's hiring this morning as "the new content and storytelling guru for Metro’s parks, trails and natural areas work."The departure of Zheng ...   More
Monday, August 4, 2014 AARON MESH

12 Mammals That Matter To the Oregon Zoo

It’s a beastly time at the state’s most popular tourist attraction. These political animals will determine its future.

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To lose an orangutan was a setback. But to lose the orangutan, a zoo director, the chief veterinarian and the support of keepers—that’s a sign of serious trouble at the Oregon Zoo. Kutai,    More
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 AARON MESH

Metro Files Legal Action in Attempt to Move Hotel Project Forward


Metro President Tom Hughes today took an aggressive step to move forward with development of a $200 million Hyatt Hotel adjacent to the Oregon Convention Center. The three government agencies involved in the project—the City of Portland, Multnomah County and Metro—all approved it last year. But opponents, led by downtown hotelier Gordon Sondland, have attempted to block the deal—first at the ...   More
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

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 conundrum, first reported by Nick Christensen ...   More
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 AARON MESH

David Bragdon: Oregon Can Learn from NYC's Accountability on Planning


Former Metro Council President David Bragdon was never shy about voicing his frustration with Oregon's endless planning gridlock. As chief of the Portland area's regional planning agency, Bragdon chafed at what he called the "paralysis by analysis" of Oregon's public process.He went from here to a gig in New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's administration (he was director of long-term planning, ...   More
Friday, January 31, 2014 AARON MESH

Busting the Boundary

Lawmakers look at the unprecedented step of voting on local land-use decisions.

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Metro runs the Oregon Zoo, the Oregon Convention Center and directs solid waste disposal in the tri-county area.  But in February, fed-up lawmakers will threaten the regional government’s p   More
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS


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