Hobo Pirates of the North Willamette: On Bluesy Tides

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On shore, the Waterfront Blues Festival is a mellow time. Last weekend's party celebrated the Blues, the city of Portland, and a warm summer weekend. The lazy summer sun hung overhead as much of the crowd sits back in their camping chairs and having a few beers. Inside Tom McCall Waterfront Park, seating areas are well-marked, the porta-johns immaculate, and the smoking section clearly designated. ...   More
 
Tuesday, July 10, 2012 JOHN LOCANTHI

Headout: Toobin’ Willamette


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 Click on the image below for a larger version!ILLUSTRATION: quickhoney.comGO: The Big Float is Sunday, July 29. Register between 10 am and noon at the east side of the Hawthorne Bridge. $5.    More
 
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 WW Culture Staff

Willamette River is Cootie-Free and Beach-Ready

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Forget your fears of growing a third arm on contact with the Willamette River. According to Will Levenson, one of the organizers of The Big Float on July 29, the river is “scientifically 100 percent safe for people swimming in it.”It's so safe, Levenson says, that he's petitioned the city of Portland Parks and Recreation to create a swimming beach at Gov. Tom McCall Waterfront Park.The idea of ...   More
 
Monday, July 16, 2012 FIONA NOONAN

Hobo Pirates of the Willamette: At Preparation's End

Bluesfest is here and Finger the "Partial Pirate" is ready.

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The Canada geese are being chased from Tom McCall Waterfront Park. The plump migratory birds usually rule the roost on the scenic walkway along the riverfront. But it's now filled with workers setting up tents and stages. Meanwhile, the water is under blockade from a fleet of small boats. The few geese that remain fight a losing battle to hold onto their park. Shit-covered grass is all that remains ...   More
 
Wednesday, July 4, 2012 JOHN LOCANTHI

Take Me to The River

Portraits of the Willamette.


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The Willamette River divides Portland. Not just physically, east from west, or in the inconvenient gulf that opens whenever a bridge is up. The Willamette shows us the ways we embrace, and betra   More
 
Wednesday, May 2, 2012 WW Staff

Five Filthy Facts from the $96 Million Portland Harbor Cleanup Study

It could cost $1.7 billion and take 28 years, but probably won't.

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As promised in our cover story this week, this morning a coalition of businesses that could be on the hook for  a Portland Harbor cleanup released its study of possible cleanups in the Willamette River. The Lower Willamette Group's feasibility study took more than 10 years and cost $96 million—including more than $24 million from the city. It outlines seven options for a harbor cleanup (with ...   More
 
Friday, March 30, 2012 by Aaron Mesh

What the Muck?

The Portland Harbor is a toxic embarrassment. And there’s plenty of blame to go around.


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In any good monster movie, the initial terror comes from knowing there’s something awful out there—even though you don’t get a good look at it.  It lurks in the shadows or just bene   More
 
Wednesday, March 28, 2012 AARON MESH

It's a River Par-tay: University of Portland Willamette River Fest April 15


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Ah, the mighty Willamette, lifeblood of Oregon. Who can bike along its banks in the height of summer without thinking of its beauty, its majesty...how likely it is that a stray splash will cause a rash, or perhaps a more permanent skin condition... We have a vested interest in maintaining the welfare of this river. That's why the University of Portland's Ecology Club, crew team, and others will ...   More
 
Tuesday, April 14, 2009 Adrienne So

Here's What Portland's Newest Bridge Looks Like


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Portland's Willamette riverscape is slotted to get its first major bridge makeover in 36 years. And beginning this Tuesday through the rest of this month, the public may check it out by going to City Hall to view a model of the stylish upgrade. The Architecture Foundation of Oregon, the Portland Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and Portland Spaces Magazine are presenting the model ...   More
 
Monday, April 6, 2009 Shawn O'bryant

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