Are there any major cities besides Portland that use the weak-mayor system?
Portland has a “weak mayor” system of
governance where the mayor shares power with four commissioners. It took
me a little while to wrap my head around that. Are there any other
Why do trains still have to blow their horns in town?
Why in the name of the Almighty Monkey do we still have
to suffer through trains blowing their horns as they crawl through
town? I mean, this is 2013—can’t they figure out some better option t
What is this Union Cab company, with its splashy
periwinkle and orange sherbet-colored cars? Can Union be trusted? And
who gave it permission to operate here?
—Night Cabbie in SE
Does Portland really have the highest number of strip clubs per capita?
I always hear that Portland has the most strip clubs of
any city in the U.S.—or at least the most per capita. Are either of
these claims even slightly true?
Why is nothing in Oregon named after President Herbert Hoover?
U.S. President Herbert Hoover was from Oregon. How come nothing here is named after him?
I admire your penchant for brevity, Willi. You should be on Twitter—and while you’r
Why are boner pills so damn expensive? Even with my
Kaiser insurance, it’s $135 for eight of the little bastards. Can’t our
local meth cooks make this stuff?
—Going Broke in Camas
One of t
They say the CRC is designed to be too low. Would legalized pot in Oregon fix it?
The folks planning the Columbia River Crossing bridge
made it too low for big cargo carriers. Would legalized pot in Oregon
fix this? Imagine: The bridge absorbs enough second-hand smoke to
Why aren't plastic sportsdrink bottles redeemable for deposit?
I recently learned that plastic sports-drink bottles
are not redeemable for the 5-cent deposit. Juice and tea containers are
also exempt from the bottle bill. Shouldn’t these also be part of thi
What's the deal with the lights on top of the Standard Insurance building?
A large pole with multicolored lights sits on top of
the Standard Insurance building downtown. The lights shine either white,
green or red. Is this Portland’s answer to Gotham’s Bat-Signal? An
Is Oregon really home to home to the world’s largest mushroom?
Someone recently told me Oregon was home to the world’s
largest mushroom. Is it as big as a whale? And where is it, so I can
avoid it? It sounds creepy.
—Another Liberal Arts Major