Recording Everything

New scanners in downtown clubs raise privacy questions—and may be illegal.

News Stories
Multnomah County and Portland police this week suspended a new program that supplied data-gathering ID scanners to Old Town bars after WW raised questions about whether it was legal. The state   More
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 KATE WILLSON

Be Nicer, Portland: Your Civility Summit Has Arrived


Portland may be the city parodied for always saying "no, you go" at a four-way stop, but that isn't stopping the Downtown Public Safety Advisory Committee from holding its first civility summit."We know you share our concern about the livability on our city streets, sidewalks, public transportation and park areas," an email invite to neighborhood groups reads. "We have each encountered countless examples ...   More
Friday, September 13, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

The Mayor’s Bar Tab

Hales is looking for ways to pay for his Old Town Entertainment District.

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If you’re looking for proof Mayor Charlie Hales wants to keep Old Town’s Entertainment District running, look no further than the public urinals. The city will introduce two open-air loos�   More
Wednesday, August 21, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Portland Cops Say NBA Player Stomped on Homeless Man in Old Town

Houston Rockets forward Terrance Jones arrested for harassment


Portland Police say they arrested Houston Rockets forward and former Jefferson High School star Terrance A. Jones early this morning for stomping on a homeless man's leg.Police say a sergeant patrolling the area saw a large group of people leave the Tube nightclub, spilling out onto the street. One officer ordered the group back onto the sidewalk, a release from the Portland Police Bureau says.But ...   More
Wednesday, July 31, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

City Slaps Dirty Nightclub with Noise Fine

Bass levels were four times limit at 1 am


Old Town’s Dirty Nightclub is getting a little too funky: The city of Portland issued the club a $300 fine yesterday after city noise control caught bass levels bumping to more than four times the allowed sound limit.Dirty, located at 35 NW Third Ave., is inside the city’s controversial Entertainment District, a six-block swath that’s closed off weekend nights to vehicle traffic. Portland Police ...   More
Wednesday, July 31, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD and AARON MESH

Hales Floats Evening Parking Meters, Street Seating for Old Town


Mayor Charlie Hales met Tuesday evening for an invite-only meeting with neighbors and businesses in Old Town to talk about the city's Entertainment District, a trial closure of six blocks on weekend nights around the area's high-density collection of clubs and bars. The unshocking consensus? The folks who live and work in the area aren't fans.But Portland's police seem smitten with the closure ...   More
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Bar Guide 2013: Old Town Drag

Where nobody knows your name.

Bar Guide
“Best-looking women in Portland!” says the man in the street. He wasn’t talking about anyone nearby: He was making an offer. Promising immediate access to “40 of Portland’s hottest women,   More
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 MATTHEW KORFHAGE


From Portland’s drunk tank to Old Town to Salem, how booze is hurting (and helping) Oregon.

Cover Story
Devon is hauled into the Central City Concern Sobering Station, a Portland cop on each arm. He has a dazed, faraway look that, as he puts it, “a whole lot of Hennessy” provides. He’s quickly   More
Wednesday, April 3, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Scoop: Loch Lomond Says Goodbye... to the USA.

This gossip attaches a copyright to all statuses.

THE BUMS LOST: If recent events are any indication, Portland’s ever-decadent Old Town is ceding its traditional claim as rocker-hipster territory, in favor of the hard-boozing bridge-and-tunnelers   More
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 WW Culture Staff

City Proposes More Pedestrian-Only Streets in Old Town

Safety concerns spark expansion of entertainment area


City officials have proposed a new step toward reinventing Portland’s Old Town and Chinatown as a new entertainment district: Expanding pedestrian-only blocks on weekend nights.An Office of Neighborhood Involvement proposal (first spotted by Portland Afoot) seeks to expand the weekend closure of Northwest Couch between 3rd and 4th streets to a six-block area stretching from Burnside to Everett streets ...   More
Thursday, September 27, 2012 TROY BRYNELSON


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