Recently, restaurants have begun expanding their dining
areas by annexing public, on-street parking spaces to build little
outdoor decks for tables and seats. Will you please comment on the
Can you legally ride horses on Portland’s streets?
Can you legally ride horses on Portland’s streets? And water them at Skidmore Fountain? Should I build a paddock in my driveway?
It’s funny you should bring this up, Carl. As it turns
Because of my youthful appearance, I’m often carded for
alcohol. But occasionally a barkeep will simply ask if I’m 21. I’ve
asked why, and they say undercover OLCC agents can’t lie during
What’s the street value of the extra painkillers in my prescription?
Following hip-replacement surgery, I was given a
prescription for 160 painkillers called “Hydrocodone/APAP 5-325.” I’ve
taken only one tablet. What’s the street value of the remaining 159?
Growing up, I learned you should tip 15 percent at
lunch and 18 to 20 percent for dinner. But what about at a place like
Laughing Planet, where you order at the counter? What’s the tipping
Why can't apartment complexes have compost collection?
I live in a 10-unit apartment complex.
Why aren’t we allowed to compost like single-family homes? Our dumpster
is overflowing, and the recycling is stuffed with pizza boxes.
Shouldn’t we get
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?