Dr. Know: Land Bridge Willamette

What would it take to freeze the Willamette River over?


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All this snow and ice reminded me of those old pictures where people are driving across the Willamette in their Model T’s. How cold would it have to get for me to drive my Civic across the river   More
 
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Baby on Bike

Why does Oregon have a child car-seat law but not one for bicycles?


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Could you explain why Oregon has a child car-seat law but not one for bicycles? And why is it OK to drag little children around behind a bicycle in a flimsy tent-cart? —Hot Seat Su A cynic mig   More
 
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Pearls of Wisdom


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With regard to how the Pearl District got its name—I heard it was named after the original developer’s favorite slave. —Leon You’re a laugh riot, Leon. Ordinarily, a letter like yours woul   More
 
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Stumped on Bumbershoots

Do Portlanders really eschew umbrellas?


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There is the notion here that real Portlanders do not use umbrellas. Really? We’re stupid enough or silly enough to get drenched in a downpour? —Kevin S. What is a “real Portlander,” any   More
 
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Gratuitous Inquiries

Why don't people tip food delivery?


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I’m losing my faith in humanity. Why do people think it is OK to have food delivered and then not tip? Do they just not know they should? —A Lovable Misanthrope Oh, Lovable—I’ve been wai   More
 
Wednesday, January 8, 2014 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: A Mollusk Moniker

How did the Pearl District get its name?


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How did the Pearl District get its name? I heard that only a few years ago the area was a bunch of vacant warehouses and industrial buildings. —Chuck H. As you read this, one of America’s gr   More
 
Tuesday, December 31, 2013 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: A Thousand Words

Why does your picture always look like you’re stoned?


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Why does your picture always look like you’re stoned? And what’s up with that pencil? Are you a Luddite, or have you simply not updated your photo? —Curious, But Not in That Way For four y   More
 
Tuesday, December 24, 2013 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Viva Vancouverites!

Why do Portlanders abhor Vancouver residents who work in Oregon?


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Can you educate the masses regarding people from the ’Couv working in Portland? We pay Oregon income tax but receive no benefit from doing so. You Portlanders may abhor us, but at least appreciate w   More
 
Wednesday, December 18, 2013 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Toll Position

Can we put a toll on the Interstate Bridge?


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Commuting to North Portland on Friday nights can take an hour because of Vancouver-bound traffic. Can we put a toll on the Interstate Bridge? That revenue would help, and might encourage the p   More
 
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Train Stains

How often are MAX cars cleaned?


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A few weeks ago, an unusually disturbing specimen shared part of my morning commute on the MAX Green Line. It made me wonder how often the cars are wiped down and what chemicals are used, beca   More
 
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 MARTY SMITH

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