's Aaron Easterly Comes To TechFestNW

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Just like in kindergarten, sharing suddenly seems like the most important thing in the world. And with the possible exception of the legalization of marijuana, the new sharing economy may bring about the biggest change to the fabric of Portland in this decade. On Thursday, April 30, at 4 pm at OMSI’s Empirical Theater, TechfestNW will bring together food, drink and some of the sharing economy’s ...   More
Thursday, April 30, 2015 by

City of Portland Finally Fines a Short-Term Rental Company

But not Airbnb.

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The city is finally cracking down on companies like Airbnb that allow hosts to rent their homes to visitors. But it’s not actually going after Airbnb. Instead, the Portland Revenue Bureau has fined Vacation Home Rentals of Newburyport, Mass., $3,000 for failing to register to pay transient lodging taxes, get its hosts to obtain city permits and undergo inspections. The company is run by TripAdvisor, ...   More
Friday, April 17, 2015 ANNA WALTERS

In the Companies Of Strangers

I spent a week renting from Airbnb, Uber and other sharing-economy startups. Here's what your neighbors are up to.

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The summer wind presses Marquam Hill like the dank breath of a stranger talking too close. I’m lying on the hardwood floor of a barely furnished apartment along with two dentists, a Bronx high   More
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 AARON MESH

It's Not Just Uber Trying to Break Into Portland—Lyft is Lobbying, Too


Uber, the San Francisco-based ride-sharing startup that enlists drivers to use their own cars as de facto taxis, today re-ignited its drive to get its service legalized in Portland. The company's PR blitz includes hiring a truck to deliver ice cream to City Hall—and comes seven months after the city's taxi board rejected Uber's demands to change Portland's rules for town cars. As WW reported this ...   More
Friday, July 18, 2014 AARON MESH


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