Car2Go Pulling Out of St. Johns and East Portland

"In the low usage areas, we found that our vehicles sit idle four times longer, ultimately affecting overall vehicle availability for the Portland membership base, as well as parking for the Portland community."


East Portland can't catch a break.Just this week KGW had a story called, "Diverse, non-cool East Portland seeks greater representation" which described East Portland as "shabby apartment complexes, fading strip malls, wide avenues and fast-food chains." Harsh. And now, Car2Go has announced they are pulling out of East Portland, and St. Johns, starting Aug. 24.In an email sent out this morning to Car2Go ...   More
Friday, July 31, 2015 LIZZY ACKER

Division Street Gentrification Seen Through Google Street View

Seven Years of Development as Seen Through Google's Lens


Oh, Division Street.Once you were just a street on the edge of town that no one ever traveled unless they had immediate need of car maintenance! Languishing in Southeast, you were a place without even a Little Big Burger!But times certainly have changed and changed quickly. Division is now the new cool girl in town. She hit puberty over a two-week summer vacation in California, and totally has a boyfriend ...   More
Tuesday, June 9, 2015 LIZZY ACKER

The Baowry in St. Johns Slated for Demolition As Early As Next Year, Says Landlord

"We did change St. Johns a lot," says Baowry owner, "and now it feels like I’m the one being pushed out."


Update and clarification, July 13, 12 pm: In a conversation July 13, property owner Todd Deneffe says that his plans to construct new housing on the property may not happen in 2016, as the Baowry's lease ends. He adds that he had worked with the restaurant owners to help keep the restaurant going. "I introduced them to bank investors," says Deneffe. "I said, 'What can we do to save this place?" The ...   More
Friday, July 10, 2015 by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Scoop: Old-Timey Cans Are Back

STEEL YOU FACE: The dream of old-timey beer isn’t dead yet. Two years after it disappeared from shelves because of problems with the steel cans, Entourage star Adrian Grenier’s Churchkey Can Co. i   More
Wednesday, July 8, 2015 WW Culture Staff

WATCH: A Short Documentary On North Portland's Lost Jazz Scene

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"Gentrification" is Portland's word of the year. But while viral apartment-complex marketing videos and crime-scene selfies are 21st-century innovations, socioeconomic displacement is nothing new. For example, long before the arrival of the New Seasons and the oyster bar and the deli bar, the area around North Williams Street was a nationally known hotbed for jazz. Major players, from Duke Ellington ...   More
Tuesday, June 2, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

Roof Repaired For Murrays, Northeast Portland Family Facing Foreclosure


A team of 25 people made repairs last weekend to help save the house of Nelson and Helen Murray, the last African-American family on their block of Northeast 11th Avenue. WW reported in August that the family was in danger of losing their home to foreclosure after signing a “pick-a-payment” mortgage in 2007. In order to modify their loan and avoid additional fees from the city, the Murrays ...   More
Thursday, September 11, 2014 by Samantha Matsumoto

For Murrays, Facing Foreclosure, a Neighbor Starts a Crowdfunding Campaign

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A crowdfunding campaign is now underway to help save the house of Nelson and Helen Murray, the last African American family on their block of Northeast 11th Avenue. WW's current issue includes a story about the Murrays' battle against foreclosure in a neighborhood that—before gentrification—was evenly divided between black and white residents. Wells Fargo in July 2013 filed court ...   More
Wednesday, August 6, 2014 SAMANTHA MATSUMOTO

The Long Goodbye

The last African-American family on a Portland block faces losing its home.

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To Helen Murray, a tour of her home is a tour of her life. Over the fireplace, Helen, 77, and her husband, Nelson, 82, display photographs of their six children. Pictures of their 12 grandchil   More

Portland's Big Transformation Viewed Through the Lens of Google Street View

Check out Director Park, Salt & Straw and Hair of the Dog Brewing way back in the Bush years.


We all know Portland is changing. Who hasn’t walked down Division and marveled at the changes over the past two years alone?Google Street View now allows you to look at images from back in 2007, you can directly compare the streets of today to the way they looked back in the day. LA Weekly and Pittsburgh magazine have done it with their towns, and now, here’s what it looks like for several ...   More
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 KATHERINE MARRONE

Portland's Gentrification: Now Color Coded!


The Portland Housing Bureau has released a mostly-finished draft of its "Housing Opportunity Analysis," its look at where the city can help fight the negative effects on gentrification on the people who already live there.Part of its analysis includes a color-coded map that predicts where the heaviest levels of gentrification are likely to occur.(Not so) BREAKING: Most of the city, including inner ...   More
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD


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