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Is the Covid-19 Outbreak Getting Worse or Better in Oregon? Here’s How to Tell.

It seems like a simple question — is the Covid-19 outbreak getting better or worse in Oregon? But the daily case counts that many news organizations obsess over don’t actually tell us much about the outbreak, at least not by themselves.  I talked to Kim Toevs from the Multnomah County Health Department about what metrics […]

Health + Fitness / June 24, 2020

Mark Kruger Created a Public Shrine to Nazi Soldiers — And Kept His Job with Portland Police

When Portland police officers took a knee alongside protestors this week, it became part of a national narrative — a storyline about how most cops are good people who condemn violence and want to reform their departments and the system as a whole. But before we turn those officers into heroes for taking a knee, […]

Politics / June 4, 2020

May 14th Oregon coronavirus update

Oregon is Getting Ready to Ease Its Stay-At-Home Order. Is It Still Too Soon?

Our progress report for May 14th. It’s been nearly eight weeks since Governor Kate Brown issued her stay-at-home order in Oregon, and barring any surprise setbacks, the state is expected to take its first baby steps toward easing the lockdown on Friday. But are we actually ready for what comes next? Last week, a Harvard […]

Community / May 14, 2020

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Is Oregon Really Over the Hump? And Other Answers to Your Coronavirus Questions.

What do you want to know about Oregon’s coronavirus response and what comes next? Send us your questions, and we’ll update this post as we track down answers. Oregon seems to have one of the lowest infection rates in the country, but is that just because we’re not testing enough people?   It’s true that Oregon […]

Community / April 30, 2020

14 Ways to Spend Your Stimulus Check Locally in Portland

(📸: Hector Chacon) Stimulus payments are starting to arrive this week, and what Portlanders do with that money really matters. According to economists, every dollar spent locally creates a ripple effect in the economy as it circulates from consumers to businesses to workers and back again, helping bolster employment in the process. So if you’re […]

Community / April 15, 2020

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The Alder Food Carts Might Get Their New Home Soon

It doesn’t look like much now, but this block will eventually be home to a new food cart pod. (📸: Ben DeJarnette) “What happened to the Alder Street food carts? Did the new area for those carts work? I pass by the supposed area but don’t see them anywhere.” —Ethan Chen  It’s been eight months […]

Food / March 12, 2020

Trump Is Sowing Fear Ahead of the Census. Jordan Hernandez Is Pushing Back.

UPDATE: Thanks to everyone who became a Bridgeliner member to help make this project possible. Here are the profiles from Jordan’s series “We Count: Latinx Portland in 2020.” Candace Avalos Now Embraces Her ‘Blacktina’ Identity — But It Wasn’t Always Easy Teena Soto Smith Doesn’t Have All the Answers. And That’s OK.  Latina or Latinx? Maria Garcia […]

Politics / February 5, 2020

Who Owns Downtown Portland? It’s Not Easy to Find Out.

“Who are the largest landowners in Downtown?” —Anonymous The answer to our latest PDXplained question is pretty simple (more on that in a moment), but getting to the bottom of it wasn’t easy.  It turns out that property ownership is easily concealed in Oregon — and most big landowners seem eager to do just that. […]

Downtown / November 12, 2019

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We’re Investing in Portland Creatives. Here’s How You Can Help.

The origin story of Nike is the stuff of legend — a global sportswear brand that started with Phil Knight’s big idea, Bill Bowerman’s waffle iron, and Jeff Johnson’s Volkswagen van.  Nike’s success might seem inevitable now that it’s a multi-billion-dollar company. But 50 years ago, Phil Knight was just a young entrepreneur with a […]

Community / November 3, 2019

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How Oregon’s Education System Can Better Support Foster Children

Foster children like Adam Sweet often move homes — and schools — more times than they can count. Adam Sweet can’t remember exactly how many times he moved growing up as a foster child, but he thinks it was at least twenty. Usually those moves meant new schools, or at least a new chance to […]

Education / September 18, 2019