Dr. Know: Weakly by the Willamette

Are there any major cities besides Portland that use the weak-mayor system?


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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 major cities   More
 
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Horning In

Why do trains still have to blow their horns in town?


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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   More
 
Wednesday, May 29, 2013 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Taxi Cab Confusion

What is the story behind Union Cab?


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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 Your signatur   More
 
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: The Truth Laid Bare

Does Portland really have the highest number of strip clubs per capita?


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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? —Statistically Curious I don’t    More
 
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: A Surprising Lack of Herbert

Why is nothing in Oregon named after President Herbert Hoover?


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U.S. President Herbert Hoover was from Oregon. How come nothing here is named after him? —Tequila Wilhelmina I admire your penchant for brevity, Willi. You should be on Twitter—and while you’r   More
 
Wednesday, May 8, 2013 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Not so Hard Knocks

Why are boner pills so damn expensive?


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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   More
 
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: A Bridge Too High

They say the CRC is designed to be too low. Would legalized pot in Oregon fix it?


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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 actu   More
 
Wednesday, March 27, 2013 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Deposit Posit

Why aren't plastic sportsdrink bottles redeemable for deposit?


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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   More
 
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Standard Inquiries

What's the deal with the lights on top of the Standard Insurance building?


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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   More
 
Wednesday, January 9, 2013 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Armillaria fhtagn!

Is Oregon really home to home to the world’s largest mushroom?


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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 Puny huma   More
 
Wednesday, January 2, 2013 MARTY SMITH

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